Lion Charge

by van Oosten Marsel

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Category: Nature

Published: Thursday 23rd of December 2010 09:09:27 AM


Andrea Gonzales

I can't even begin to imagine how it felt to get this shot. Nice!

Bill J Boyd

Another WOW!  This is stunning.  Probably the best lion shot I have ever seen.  

Marc Epstein

I'll through in a well deserved "Wow!".  A great shot and glad your technique did not feed the lion.

Michel Latendresse

Quite an amazing shot indeed, a well deserved accolade on this one for sure, and  great tip (the inverted monopod) to try out not only on "potentially lethal subjects" but on others as well. I will definitely borrow this one from you.   Congratulations on a fantastic shot and a well deserved award.  Regards- michel 

wim puts


Top foto.

Etay Appelberg

Wow, Excellent shot

Gary Payne

As others have said, WOW.  I don't think I could pull this off even using your secret technique - I would be rolling up the car window!!

LaMar Horton

great photo from an angle that is pretty rarely seen. Very cool is your innovative method of getting this type of picture. He just comes right into your room. really amazing shot.

Gary Loveless

Wow, this is soooo amazing!! Congratulations! Best Regards ~ Gary

Exelent shot felicidades saludos de Mexico

Nelson Sibulo
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Lion looks very determine to strike. Marsel, make sure you have a built in safety cage for your protection, just in case...The best picture of an angry lion I have seen in years.  Congrats..

Art Xanthopoulos

every now and then an image comes along that makes you simply marvel and admire it for everything it represents in photography. I have to say this image is exactly that for me. Simply brilliant Marsel.

I like your 'secret' technique too. I suppose we can't all be Nikon lovers, but I can easily forgive him for that. But only ...just:)

Stoica Daniel

WOW again! I'm stuck to say more...

Marc Aubry
Nothing to say anymore! Excellent!!

Ali Rezaeian
10 !

First Class Wild Life Shot of This Scream !!!



Christal Steele

Amazing, and thanks for your descriptive technique in getting the shot!  It's funny that 2 of the comments above used the word 'WOW'.  I hardly ever use that word because it tends to be overused, but this image deserves an unqualified WOW!!!  I will definitely be checking out your website for your workshops. 

scott donnellan
scott donnellan

Great shot! I bet that was a 3 pamper moment.

Steve Shinn

An excellent image Marsel,  and the story line makes it even more interesting.  I've used remotes but not in Africa.  When I have a Nikon to feed to the lions I'll give you a call.. :-)

Your modesty in stating that luck is so much a part of wildlife photography, right up there with patience, demonstrates your honest  professionalism. 

The sky with clouds, the wide angle and pov and the light on the contemptuous kitty make the such a wonderful shot.  Congratulations on a well deserved award.

C. G.

Hot damn, this one gives me chills!

Great shot!


Juergen Bub

Fascinating and unique ... congratulations!

Stephen Penland

It's not often we get to see a genuinely angry lion at close range -- it's an unique view.  Congrats on the award -- well deserved.

James (Jim) Johnson

Congrats on the award for a deserving photograph! WOW! Nice technique too, and thanks for sharing with us.

Exceptional capture! The last fellow I knew that got a shot like this, isn't around to talk about it anymore! (Not really!)

Happy traveling,

Jim j.

Not Here Anymore

Wow!  Nothing more to add...  Just Wow!

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as you travel.  Thanks for sharing this with us... Mike

Sreehari Sundararajan

Wow..!!!! Spectacular shot... Incredible..!!!!

Pulok Pattanayak

One of the best wildlife shots I have ever seen!

Erik Thomson

Fantastic shot, and all of the above comments.  The wide angle perspective makes this shot really stand out and grabs the attention. Regards, Erik

John H.

7 all the way!

Martyn Fox

Wow, awsome.

Wendy de Kok

Amazing wild-life shot, one to be very pround of :)

Dallas Palmer

One of the most amazing images I have ever seen. I was taught a long time ago to use imagination and just keep shooting and luck woill find its way into your viewfinder: you have certainly achieved that!


A truly fantastic wildlife shot Marsel! An innovative technique carefully applied goes a long way. A superb image well desering of an award. Well done man!

All the best of the Season to you,

Gonzalo Ruiz-Esquide
thank you of course, everybody knows this is a great image in every sense... great colors, exposure balance between fore and background, point of view, dramatism.... etc. but by sharing your technique with us, and the reasons to use it, you are giving us material to reflect and improve our own pictures, regardless they may or may not be about dangerous wild animals. thanks again.

Gallego Caldas Jordi


Luc Helie

Breathtaking shot ! Excellent !!! Are you still alive ?!? ;o)

David Stephens

I think that this image isn't about luck, it's about preparation, innovation and execution. If there were only one great image, then it might be luck, but Marsel's whole portfolio demonstrates unique perspectives and innovative technique. He knew that he couldn't simply lay in the grass and wait for a male lion to come by, perturb the lion, take a few shots with his wide angle lens and walk away unscathed. Still, he wanted the shot and came up with a method to get it.


Being only  a relative noob at wildlife photography, I'm certain that a lot of persistence went into this shot. Knowing the target animals' likely behaviour, daily meandering habits, setting up for good light all went into this shot. Even with my own mundane shots, people will say things like, "You were really lucky to get that" not giving me any credit for arriving at dawn, three days in a row and sitting in my mini-blind for hours at a time, waiting on a bird or animal to come by and do its "normal" behaviour.


Yes, you keep trying and trying and then you get "lucky." I think that anyone attributing this stunning image to luck, has never really tried to create something special themselves.


I hope this image receives many awards and makes Marsel a very happy man.

John DiLeo

man o man! That's amazing. ONe of the best wildlife shots I've ever seen. That is scary!


Did he eat the D3?

David W. Good
Uhh.. Marsel????

Ok - so there was heavy metal between you and those chompers right? I was wondering why I hadn't seen you for a while. I thought someone found your camera and this shot was inside with you nowhere to be seen.

Your technique is remarkable. I see now that I was right to idolize you after seeing what you could do with filters and now this!

So - how does one critique an image as emotionally powerful as this? Even if there were technical issues to be found, the subject material would more than make up for it.

For the lack of anything really creative or constructive to say, I'll end by stating, "it would have been nice if you could have gotten better catch lights in the kitty's eyes. They are rather dark and mean looking."

From one Nikonian to another - Bravo!!! I am truly in awe of your talents.


Ian Wyatt

Awesome photo, I can feel his breath 

Juan Fernando Mora Muñoz

Über Wow

Chuck Nelson
Over the top!!!

When I first saw this image I thought someone must have found your camera along side your remains. After reading your technique, I am happy to know you are still alive! This is one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen. I'm glad that you didn't post it larger. I'd probably have peed myself.

Micky Metts

What a beautiful animal, you have captured the mood!

Steve Shepard
Steve S.

OH, YEAH! Thank you! This is definitely one of my favorites. First thought: INCREDIBLE! Second thought: Hope he was using a telephoto lens. Third thought: This would be the photo to accompany the phrase, "SHUT THE **** UP!" to an obnoxious person in a chat room, Facebook, etc.

M Manswan
M Manswan

Great shot.This is best.Wonderful!!!

David Ramos

Amazing shot i would just change the title to...

Run...  ;)

Gail Harmer

I just recently saw this photo in a magazine I had just purchased and knew it was your right away.  Magnificent image of such a magnificent creature. warmest regards, GAil

Lars-Petter Bjørnstad

This photo is amazing! Can't belive how you got that perfekt shot.

Sergey Fedoseev

Amazing shot! Congratulations! )))

mark miller

Very, very nice! I like that wide angle impact with such stunning subject matter.

 I'd embellish the story though, you know, out in the wilds on foot with a whip in one hand, and a camera in the other,,, :)

Just superb!


Urs Blickenstorfer
Simply fantastic!!

Weehaaaa! This is simply fantastic - one of the best wild life shots I've ever seen. 7.

Borut Jurjovec
White and Clean

Who is lions dentist. Four teeth left needs cleaning. He will bite you, but he won' t chew you.

Ciprian I Pacurar

Glad to see this from behind my computer screen. Otherwise, I'd be running like Speedy Gonzales...

Sonny Limmunandar

Sangat-sangat luar biasa, saya sangat terkesan ketika melihat foto ini. Hanya satu kata " SEMPURNA" Salam kenal

Luis Modesti
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Paul,  Would you have gotten out of the car to take this shot. ? , Probably not, Would you have known if he didn't tell you the secret. ? probably not...    I think he has an award shot, and you proably not...  Either way, the method does not matter if you have a result. 

Fantastic Shot Marsel !!!!!!! 

Paul Greenwood

You certainly have the result here but i question the method. The drama of wide angle is not seen, rather see a tele with background doffed out. Sorry but sitting safe in a car really loses the essence of the portrayal here.... 

Patrick Hudepohl
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Please note the following:

JDM von Weinberg
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I'll have to think about the artistic merits of the shot, but wow.

I trust this is not one of those "the last thing seen" pictures!

Starvy Goodfellows
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The blue sky presents quite a contrast. The lion's snarl is quite scary. I wonder where the photographer shot from. This looks like quite an angry creature.

Matt Laur
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Wow indeed. I'm pleased to see that the images is credited to Marsel van Oosten, and not "the late Marsel van Oosten." No equipment details listed with the image, but the visual clues suggest this wasn't even a particularly long lens. Marsel, you should be getting some sort of Free Underwear For A Year sponsorship from Nike or something. Whew! Great work.

thanksfor thefish
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If you scroll to the top of the page Marsel gives a detailed account of his most inventive technique for wide angle nature shots.

Ron Pyke
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Wow #3.

Does that count as intelligent commentary? The 'Wow factor' removes any other consideration in my mind... I can hear the National Geographic theme music playing every time I scroll up to look at this again.

Brilliant work indeed!

Eric Merrill
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I can't help but wonder if this would have even more impact if it had been shot with a fisheye... :)

Wonderful photo!

Louis Meluso
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The Lion looks stuffed in a diorama.

John A
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Sounds like he's a wimp, not getting out there himself!......I hope you know I am kidding.

Personally, I like the wide angle approach and I do think it personalizes the images much more than the traditional telephoto image. It is a very nice photograph and a unique approach it seems to me.

Stephen Penland
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Louis, the best way to tell if it's just a stuffed lion is to go up and stroke it's mane. If it's stuffed, the fur will feel very wiry. If it's not stuffed, you won't feel anything.

It's the rarity of this kind of shot that's most striking to me. Seldom do we see such up close and personal photographs of wild lions in this aggressive posture.

Hector Javkin
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Talk about capturing the moment! The artistic value is in its immediacy and drama. I'm glad to read that only the camera and the end of monopod were outside Marsel's vehicle, although there was still risk. It's amazing to have held the camera on the lion during this.

Ken Thalheimer
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Interesting technique leading to a very peak moment documentary shot

Marie H
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I think I wouldn't have had the nerve to take the moment to click the shutter. ooooo! 7

Jean Fennell
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This photo definitely relays the aggression and power of the subject -- very much "in your face" in a good way. Thank you for sharing your technique -- I suppose the monopod survived!

Mike Hitchen
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I'g going to see grizzly bears in September - I may get a cheap second hand digital camera and try this. Or maybe I should use my 30D and this is the best possible excuse to get a 7D :o)

Mark Weir
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I'll have to try the same technique when photographing the wife :)

Mike Hitchen
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I prefer to try it on the bears. Much safer and no long-term repercussions.

Fred G
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Though impressive in its physical and mental accomplishment from the point of view of the process of taking the photo, this doesn't convey to me the power or aggression of the subject much at all. I'm kind of with Louis Meluso about it looking and feeling more like a diarama. There's a benignness in the color palette and the handling of it and the moment, though obviously daring on the part of the photographer, just doesn't seem to inspire in me as viewer the kind of adrenalin I imagine might have been flowing at the time of the shooting. There's a quiet stillness to the moment, no movement or thrust is suggested. The photo is crisp, the sky is slightly storybook-like in color, and the closeup allows little room for tension to be shown. I think it would be very impressive in a magazine and it makes an impressive POW. But impressive is different from relaying emotions or stimulating them.

Stephen Penland
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I've already expressed my very positive impression of Marsel's photo in two comments above. Considering the POW should stimulate discussions of some kind other than just "Wow, great photo," I'd like to offer another point of view, somewhat in the manner that Fred G. has just offered.

[As an aside, and in response to Fred G. and Louis Meluso, I don't think you're going to get a more dynamic single photograph of a wild lion than what you have here. The only improvement, I believe, would be a motion picture.]

My issue is that this was a camera that had been set up in a remote and static location while the photographer was sitting elsewhere and (presumably) operating the camera by remote control. It's much like what some hunters do when they set up a motion-triggered camera, walk away, and come back in a few days to see what, if anything, has tripped the shutter.

In this case, the lion was reacting to the sound of the camera. Marsel remotely fired the camera (or it was tripped by the proximity of the lion, but I suspect the former) from some distance away and in the safety of a vehicle. Marsel was indeed fortunate that 1) the lion heard the camera, 2) the lion reacted to the camera, 3) the camera just happened to be pointing in the right direction, and 4) Marsel fired the camera at the right moment.

All of this is not quite the same as a photographer viewing through the viewfinder, looking for that perfect moment, and tripping the shutter when the photographer sees the elements come together at that perfect moment.

There's no doubt in my mind that the resulting image is a tremendous image. My issue is that it had as much (or more) to do with good fortune as it did with skill behind the camera.

However, I'm not going to knock that, because several of my own photos had more to do with good fortune (i.e., luck) than my overwhelming skill as a photographer (for those who don't know me well, I'm being entire facetious here!).

So even though I've raised what I consider a shortcoming in the way that wildlife photographs are usually obtained, there really was no viable alternative. I've seen researchers in a thick plexiglass cage amid lions, but that's not much different than what Marsel was experiencing. Marsel came away with a very dramatic photo. A close-up of an angry male lion taken feet away is a very rare event. But it requires a set-up well outside the normal methods of obtaining photographs of wildlife, and good fortune played a very large role in obtaining this photo from a remote camera.

Some may think that's a factor in evaluating this photo, and I anticipate others will consider it entirely irrelevant. I just offer the idea up for discussion.

John A
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Hmmmmm! I think I made a comment a few weeks ago about the idea of meeting a photograph where it is and I think that certainly applies here. This is a certain kind of photograph, a very good example IMO of that kind of photograph, but it isn't that other kind of photograph--does it need to be?

This is a pretty straight-forward document and while I think it captures what I see as a very strong moment, I am not sure that it could, or should, create any emotions in us--unless we really have a great fear of big cats on our computer monitor screens. I think it is unique in what it does, but I agree that this sort of shot doesn't go beyond that--and that is ok with me. It isn't the type of photography that rings my bell or pricks my emotions as Fred suggests here. So, I guess I don't see a conflict in the positions Fred and Stephen have taken here, they just describe the same photo from different angles but with the same result. (I don't see the WOW factor, which is justified, or being impressed with the image as being the same sort of thing Fred has described, if I am understanding his meaning here)

This description "I used a radio controlled remote and shot from a handheld monopod, turned upside down, without getting out of the car." suggests that Marsel was holding the monopod and possibly draping it over the side of the car--from the sunroof or window? Certainly, there is a bit of danger here, as the lion could easily jump up, however, I am sure the camera was at least a mild irritant.

(To digress for a moment, I have wondered if it might not be these higher end lenses or cameras that cause issues with animals. I was at a zoo and watched many others photographing the Lion, who was just lying there. When I started shooting with my USM lens and dsmkIII, he got up and aggressively lunged towards me with a roar and then went back and laid down. On another occasion, well two, I photographed these dogs dressed up for the day of the dead. The first year, I did it with an XT and kit lens (just holding my camera at ground level, not looking through it) and got a lot of great shots,no problem. The next year I did it with the dsmkIII and usm lens and they acted scared and tried to hide--I got nothing usable. It could be something else and maybe someone might have some insight, but both of these circumstances made me wonder.)

As to not having a camera to the eye, I don't see any issue with that. I don't shoot with the camera out of my hand, but I have shot many of my shots from the hip or with the camera cradled in my arms. No, I am never totally sure what I will get, but I get a lot of great shots and rarely miss my target once I get used to the particular camera I am using at the time. I also don't see an issue with fully remote image making. Someone has to frame the scene with the camera and know where to set up the sensors that will trigger it to get the animal in the spot they desire it to be. I think a lot more skill goes into such things than we may want to give credit for, it is just a different type of photography. In most cases, and maybe all, there would be no other way to get those particular images.

Sean Crane
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Yes, luck always comes into play when photographing wildlife, but there's a difference between someone who takes one amazingly lucky wildlife shot to go along with a portfolio of mediocre images, and someone like Marsel who took this amazingly lucky wildlife shot to go along with his entire portfolio of equally amazing images. Congratulations. I stumbled upon your squiver site many years ago and have been a big fan ever since. From your "Gotcha" chameleon to your "Cape Gull" to my personal favorite "The Fog," all amazing images.

Rob Bernhard
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John A.
You are not the first person to notice a connection between USM lenses and an animals reaction. I believe this topic has come up every so often (though it may have been on another site) with the usual polarization of opinions.

Marie H
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I am not familiar with what methods photographers use, remote etc. but just as a viewer of this image, I have to say, most viewers would be awed, wether the photog was in back of the camera or several yards away in a vehicle...don`t burtst my bubble.. .smile.. this shot is jaw dropping. Beautiful.

Brad B.
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Stunning shot. I'm sure you can sell this one. Grabbed me in a heartbeat. Well done and great execution. I wouldn't listen to your detractors, keep at it and best wishes for the New Year!

Greg Bulla
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Thanks for the interesting, informative writeup along with this great shot. I also like the angle rather than the 9 foot high angle from the back of an SUV. Great work and yes luck has something to do with it, but putting yourself in position to use it is important.

Eduardo Agustin Carrasco
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Stephen Penland
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Sean, you make a good point about a set-up that relies on a fair amount of good fortune that is also backed by a portfolio of high quality wildlife photography. As I said, I doubt there was any other way to get this kind of photo, and Greg pointed out, it's the relatively low angle that really sets it apart from those taken from an open canopy on an SUV. But if we had no other frame of reference (i.e., no portfolio from the photographer), would the methods and significant element of good fortune make us feel any differently about the photo? If the photo had been taken remotely by Marsel sitting 100 yards away, would you feel it's still "the same photo?"

Fred G
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John A., I just want to make sure you understand that I agree with you, for the most part. My comment about emotion wasn't made because I was disappointed or because I expected something or wanted something different here. It was made in response to so many who talked about feeling the power, etc. of the animal, which I don't think this photo accomplishes, nor do I think it has to.
As for shooting it remotely, that was the sane thing to do and it got the shot. I don't really care too much about those strategic matters myself.

John A
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Fred, I was pretty sure I understood your meaning. Sometimes when we say something is a good shot or a great shot or something is impressive, we are talking about it within its limitations and I sometimes think of pointing out what you were saying here. There are just different kinds of images and thus good or great don't always mean the same thing when said about different images. So, I just felt a need to take what you and Stephen said and put it into a framework that I hoped would make that a bit more clear.

Stephen, I am not sure it would matter how it was captured, at least to me. I am not saying that this is a key factor, but I do think one must consider how many folks would risk $4-6000 of equipment to get a shot like this. In fact, I knew a guy back in Oregon known for getting rare shots. He would set up several cameras, strobes and trip sensors in the forests and sometimes come back to find his equipment gone.

As I said, it takes a lot more skill than most people give it credit for and then I wonder how many viewing this image here would have risked their consumer camera, let alone a pro camera to get such a shot. It takes a lot of skill and dedication to the craft to do these sorts of things. It is just another type of photograph than what most of us here do.

Hans Hollander
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Een geweldige foto met een interessante techniek. Hoe lang was die monopod? En je hield dus het andere eind vast? Weet het niet maar dat klinkt toch nog wel wat angstig.
Het detail is prachtig, je kan iedere haar in zijn manen tellen. En dan met nog een mooie blauwe lucht ook.
Hoeveel fotos heb je moeten nemen voordat je deze kreeg? Sorry voor al de vragen and het is ok als je in het engels antwoord voor de andere lezers.
Fantastisch gedaan.

Sean Crane
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Hey Stephen, not sure if you were asking rhetorically or not but to me the photo is the photo regardless of how it was taken or who it was taken by, and it stands on its own with or without the back story. My feeling about it won't change based on the method or that it was Marsel that took it, but I do find the method interesting and I'll have to try it myself because I am also a wildlife shooter and always trying to get as low and close as I can. That being said, my point was only that really talented photographers like Marsel will always "get lucky" more often than less talented photographers because you tend to make and create your own luck based on ability. You can look at Marsel's portfolio and say, damn that guy has been very lucky in his career, having an elephant just show up at the top of Victoria Falls or having two pied crows just show up in an already nice landscape composition. But when it happens repeatedly, you realize that it's not luck at all, but a really good photographer having the ability to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him.

Fred G
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Rashed, your anger at some who don't think of this photo exactly the way you do suggests you're not too confident in your own opinions. If you were more confident of what you thought, you wouldn't need so much for other people to agree with you. You'd be able to stand on your own two feet and respect others who didn't share your exact view. You certainly wouldn't be forced to make snide remarks about others' experience or photographic expertise or about them wasting server space. What utter nonsense! Many people comment on my own portraits who don't shoot portraits. And you know what, I value them as much (sometimes more) as comments I get from other portrait photographers. I have never shot a lion and never seen one up close except through the bars of a zoo cage. But I don't make the typical neophyte mistake of thinking that a picture of a lion is the same thing as a lion. I understand that talking about a photograph doesn't require having taking a similar kind of photograph. I've never photographed a pepper, yet I feel quite capable of talking about Weston and his photographs. Rashed, bring it down a notch.

Anne S
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Ingenious use of technology to capture a moment that could not be captured otherwise. The result is stunning not only for its technical achievement but also for the strange encounter between nature and technology. The beast seems to recognize that something bizarre is going on - and this moment, captured in his expression, is also really interesting. I see this as photo as pushing the envelope in that quest by wildlife or any photography, really, to imagine and then execute unique moments. I can't think of any down-side to this and am rather in awe about the passion and single-minded focus needed to achieve this result. Congratulations!

Stephen Penland
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Rashed, I've already stated (twice) that I really like the photo. But rather than have largely a series of "Great photo" comments (which I think is of limited benefit to nearly everyone), especially since the POW is meant, in part, to stimulate discussion, I posted a question that I thought might be of interest to some or on which some folks might express an opinion (as Sean and Anne have done, although Anne may have been commenting without regard to my question -- I'm not sure). I'm really just playing the devil's advocate here in trying to get some viewers to think about one aspect of Marsel's photograph; I'm asking a question -- I'm not making a statement or expressing an opinion. I think it's too bad that you consider my desire and attempt to enhance discussion of the POW as wasting server space.

thanksfor thefish
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I have taken photos of alligators and crocodiles from fairly close but have never fed one my camera, I have also photographed wild monkeys on many occasions without incident. Even with my good fortune I would still be able to figure out that a large male lion might be dangerous. Some things are self evident.

I did come frightening close to being pecked by a partridge while shooting with a wide angle lens. The bird was inches from my face and I did not even have a mono-pod.

Stephen Penland
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Glad you're still with us, Gordon. That was close.

Stephen Penland
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Rashed, sometimes our written words don't convey what we are really thinking or feeling. It's happened to me many times. I misinterpreted. Let's get back to the photo, and may all of us have a good 2011.

Harry Joseph
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Let's face it some people just don't like their picture taken.

Gary Pinkerton
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If there was an audible roar accompanying this photo, I'd be running !

Raymond Borg
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Very good wild shot. Would love to know how close this annimal was to you. Congrats.

Alberta P.
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Excellent capture via ingenious means. Kudos, Marsel.
The only weakness I can speak of is perhaps the title. The lion does not appear to me (and others) to be charging. Perhaps "growl" or "snarl" would have been better choices of words for the title. But that's a nit, really.
Excellent photo, most enjoyable to view.
Cheers ~

John A
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What bird, Gordon?

thanksfor thefish
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Vizaknai David
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Wow, I don't find words to describe it... amazing shot.. well done..

Giorgio Bruno
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WOW... great eye contact!!!
I guess it went like this:
- [Photographer] "Come on little kitty, gimme a smile..."
- [Lion] "ROARRRR..."
- Click-click-click-click
- [Photographer, looking at his camera LCD] "Wow, that was great!!!"
- Confused movements on the scene, camera rests on the ground...
- [Lion, licking his moustache] "Wow, that was good!!!"
Really, great image, I hadn't seen anything like this before!
Much more exciting that the classic shot done with a telescope attached to the camera...
Thanks for sharing!

Mriganka Bhattacharjee
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Amazingly Brave Shot!

A View to Kill.......................

Bobby Karimipoor
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This is a great POW for starting the year of 2011...Nice focus,nice colour tones and well BG.
Best regards(Bobby).

Bo Østergaard Jepsen
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten First of all: what an amazing photograph! It's not every day you get to see this kind of photo. Secondly, not saying that luck is not a factor, I do tend to agree with David Stephens. Preparation and anticipation are both instrumental in capturing a photograph like this. Most definitely. Very good work.

Michael Raddatz
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

Terrific shot. Most interesting will be the story and history of marketing this undoubtedly useful in many ways image.

Nyasha Vengesayi
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

This is a shot one can get only in a billion years and live to tell the tale. Thanks a lot for bringing it to us.
By the way how is your camera? Wasn't it mauled?

Janis Barbars
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

I thought only motorsports can be dangerous. I don't find other [or original] words but "amazing" and "wow", to describe the picture! Congratulations!

Antonio Bassi
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

Fantastic. Thanks for sharing your technique. Best regards.

Emmanuel Enyinwa
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

"If you would like to join me on one of my workshops and photo tours..."
Ah, no, thanks. I appreciate the one life I have. Still, this is one AMAZING capture, and certainly worthy of its POW stature.

Emmanuel Enyinwa
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

"Stephen, I am not sure it would matter how it was captured, at least to me. I am not saying that this is a key factor, but I do think one must consider how many folks would risk $4-6000 of equipment to get a shot like this. In fact, I knew a guy back in Oregon known for getting rare shots. He would set up several cameras, strobes and trip sensors in the forests and sometimes come back to find his equipment gone."
Ah, now I know where those anonymous 3/3s come from. There is a colony of apes and coyotes with highly expensive cameras but have not evolved enough to appreciate that it takes more than expensive equipment to produce great images.

Francesco Pessolano
Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

Marsel ... holy cow! I have tried several times to get wildlife shots, but this ... incredible skill and knowledge of your subject/

Jody S
Response to Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

This is an excellent photograph. A wildlife photographer will use any and every trick he or she can think of, spend thousands of hours in the field and tens of thousands of $ on equipment, and will still have to rely on chance to get the 'perfect' shot. Except it's not 'chance' in the same way as winning the lottery, it's skillful means of playing the odds so that more often than not, the 'miracle' happens when you happen to have a camera pointing at the right spot. Unless said wildlife photographer has the ability to do Jedi mind tricks on animals a la Crocodile Dundee. So in reality, it's the exact opposite of chance.

A critique? It would have been nice if the sun were a little lower in the sky, but I know the sun sets there in a matter of minutes. Failing that, I think with that shot I would spend the time in 'shop to create a more atmospheric (or dramatic) lighting. Of course I might not like the result, it might end up being overkill.

Arthur Plumpton
Response to Lion Charge by Marsel van Oosten

The originality is in the wide angle lens and the low position (and the photographer's courage).

MGM kitten-like lion, take note.

Marsel van Oosten
Lion Charge I have been traveling in the desert of Northern Africa for the past weeks with no internet access, so I found out about this rather late: my charging lion picture was commended in the 2010 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards.

As with most wildlife shots, there was quite a bit of luck involved to get this shot - after all, with wild animals you never know what's going to happen. Most wildlife photographers use long tele lenses to photograph potentially dangerous animals, and that is probably a wise thing to do. However, wide angle shots are often more dynamic, more in your face, so that's what I wanted to try in South Africa with lions. I used a radio controlled remote and shot from a handheld monopod, turned upside down, without getting out of the car. It's my secret (well, not anymore) technique to get low level perspective shots with wide angle lenses, while remaining flexible and without running the risk of getting eaten. This male lion did not appreciate the clicks coming from the grass very much, and decided to charge the D3. I guess he was more the Canon type. :-)

Greetings from the Sahara.

[If you would like to join me on one of my workshops and photo tours, please have a look at my website]

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