Lions on a rock

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Fl. U.S.A.)

Sky manipulated

Sky manipulated

Sky manipulated

Lions on boulders near Nkumbe

Sherry and I were driving south on the H10 about 1K past the Nkumbe lookout when Sherry noticed a group of lions on some rocks quite a ways out. She took the first shot with a 300mm lens. the remainder were shot with a 600 and a 1.4 extender and then cropped and lightend slightly. The scene itself was like out of a movie. If you look closely in the first shot you can see a babysitter on the right rock. The light was poor, but I couldn't resist taking a number of shots. The last shot while the rocks and lions are true, the background I edited in to produce a very neat image. Whenever we manipulated an image we will always let you know, both here and on our web site.

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Feb 02, 2012
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Very nice pics!
by: Mario

When I first saw your photos I thought 'Hey, those are my pics!" - we saw the same lions on those Nkumbe boulders with the same overcast sky but in 2007, while your sighting was in 2011. Those rocks seem to be a hot-spot for seeing the lions - take note Kruger visitors!
And what a difference a bit of Photoshop makes - very nice pics Bob!

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Great pics!
by: Kevin

It's not often you get to see lions on boulders - well done on a great shot with some nifty Photoshopping!

Feb 01, 2012
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What a difference
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing Bob, I would also have taken these shots even if the lighting was bad - it is not often you see lions lying on big rocks like that. I like your first picture where you have manipulated the sky, it makes a huge difference and the lions now pop in the photograph!

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