Invisible...threat-Tarangire N.P.-Tanzania (NWF 2009 honorable mention award)

by Mattas Theodore

invisiblethreat tarangire np tanzanianwf honorabl seeking critique mattas theodore

Gallery: National Wildlife Federation (NWF) photo contest

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Nature

Published: Thursday 18th of October 2007 04:23:49 PM


J. Harrington USA Massachusetts
Amazing image. The cat is camouflaged so well, it looks like you painted it in w/PS.

Bert Reitter
what a superb shot this is so absolutely typical of the patience of lions. great image...Bert

Matt Berry
superb! This is sublime Theodore! Beautiful and so demonstative of the brilliant camouflage of the lion. I really commend you on this shot, its really different and stands out (unlike the lion!) from the usual kind of all in focus, all clearly in frame shot. Well done! Matt

Nuray Gonulalan

David Nichols
Theodore this is amazing shot. Great job of focus, Congrats on an awesome capture of one of the most beautiful animals on the planet.

Joaquin Tornel
Theodore, esta foto es fantastica, saludos. Joaquin.

Len Marriott
Patience ! Theodore, Puts me in mind of the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness". Looks like the only one with more patience than the lion was the photographer. Great return on your investment. Best, LM.

hans peters
A great photo which leaves so much to imagine. cheers, Hans

Antoni Tomadakis
Magnificent !

Shannon Bennett
Wow, that must have been some guide to be able to know that she was there! Your picture is so incredible, I feel like I am there with you...patiently waiting for her to make the move. Feel great about this shot :)

Lucas Oldhoff
This is an amazing photo Thedore. Stunning actually, I can see why the judges gave you such high merit. Thanks for your comment too, by the way.

Anna Trandeva
Astonishing! I was in Tarangire this August but I didn't have the luck to see a simba in a close proximity. I envy you for that:) Regards. Anna

Jon Wilbrecht
Very nice capture. It draws you in and gives you the feeling of being there,

Ankur Thatai
AMAZING!!! WOW! Wonderful capture, Excitement, Aggression, Power every thing is include in this picture Very Intresting and artistic shot itself... Well Catch friend!

C. G.
Incredible! Almost looks as though it can't be real She is so well camouflauged it's amazing! cg

Greg Thomason
Very unique view of a lion stalking. Well done!

Cristina Velina Ion
Congratulations for reaching till here.. i think is a great thing, beside this, great work!!! All the best and good luck in everything u do!

Jeff Lipsman
Amazing shot. She looks like a ghost, just a shade in the dry grass. Well done and congratulations on semi-finaling WPotY.

Pamela Franklin
Wow The most interesting capture I have seen on pdn. What a moment! Good stuff Teo. Warm regards, Pamela

Mike Mancil
Excellent shot and congratulations... Mike

Mark Warrillow-Thomson
FANTASTIC SHOT! Extremely effective as very different. Congratulations on getting such a unique shot. Cheers - Mark

Laura V
One of the best photos I've ever seen.

LK Hill
what else can you say but ...WOW...!...

Joseph James
Stunning! This photograph captures the true essence of a lion and what makes it the top predator in Africa. Truly an amazing capture....7/7.

Hem Tripathi
boy this so cool!

Jana Vanourkova
10/10 I get goosebumps... Just the best image of wildlife in a long time. You have got 10/10 from me. You are welcome to check my love for Africa... cheers Jana

Mark Vincent Müller

I can feel the heat, smell the grass, hear the nervous calls of zebras and experience the exitement. This IS how wildlife photography should be. Cheers, Mark.

Bianka Zalman
ghost and the darkness

wow, this is absolutely one of the finest wildlife images, i've ever seen! hat's off and compliments, you can be proud of this. and this image reminds me to a famous movie, i've seen several times, title "ghost and the darkness", maybe you've seen him too, as it fits perfect to your master-image! regards, bianka

Christopher Moses

Great photo! Taringere is a great park, ive been there many times. This reminds me of when my dad got charged by a lion in long grass at taringere tented lodge! Great place, great photo 7/7


Matthew Brennan

Magnificent image!


It's what's not shown that makes this image so great.

Mark Keefer

Great image and so appropriately titled. Nice photo journalism.

Svend Erik Poulsen

Very impressive.

Yannik Hay

Congratulations on the award! This is just like a ghost. It must have been hard for you to spot him. I wouldn't have seen him I think. Perfect camouflage and perfect capture and light control and definition.


Iker Iglesias

Great photo Theodore!

Lukas Hejtman

great shot

Christal Steele

I saw this image when you posted it, and I didn't comment I think because I figured it was a digital creation and therefore wasn't all that moved by it.  But having just read the comments on this and realizing this is real.....well.....I'm just dumbfounded!  This is the type of creative photography everyone strives for, and you've delivered big time!  Congratulations!

Sharon W



Art Xanthopoulos

fantastic image. well capture. original perspective of a wild Lion

Theodore Mattas
...invisible The guide-driver was absolutely sure...."There is a Lioness hiding- stalking this Zebra herd we watch about 20 feet away"...Well it took me almost 5 minutes of intense looking to finally spot her cause the landscape was high grass as you can see on the photo!She remained there totally motionless for more than an hour!I was expecting her to finally unleash an attack but finally nothing happened!

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