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Lion Attack
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Lion Attack
Lion Attack
Published in Fall 2006 Issue of Nature's Best Magazine
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Lorri Shank
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    Unbelievable! Fury and strength in a great photo!

12/13/2005 1:36:19 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Awesome capture and powerful effects, Don!

12/13/2005 1:42:56 PM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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wonderful image, very nice effects!

12/13/2005 2:05:49 PM

 
Bea. Anderson
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Terrific action. My childhood nightmare! Bea.

12/13/2005 2:50:03 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Something out of National Geographic, Don! ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC...love the effects!

12/13/2005 4:57:09 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Wow, awesome effects.

12/13/2005 5:44:29 PM

 
Piotr M. Organa
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Wow, major photo, Don! How did you do that?

12/13/2005 6:51:12 PM

 
Sheri Stukel
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Wonderful photo! One of my favorites so far!

12/13/2005 7:09:47 PM

 
Claudia/Theo Bodmer
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Way cool.

12/13/2005 10:08:47 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Don, excellent capture and effects.

12/13/2005 11:03:40 PM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you everyone for your very kind comments. I took this photo at the National Zoo in DC. I added/enhansed the blur element with PhotoShop and I think it made the image more dramatic.

12/14/2005 5:28:00 AM

 
Mary Swift
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Fantastic image, Don! Wonderful use of effects to make it a powerful photo!

12/14/2005 8:10:20 AM

 
Milan Banik
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great curated work Don.

12/14/2005 9:41:02 AM

 
Lisa Clark
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Whoa!! This is very impressive. Very unique image.

12/15/2005 10:46:13 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Don. Great job.

1/21/2006 3:51:48 AM

 
Betsy M. Eaves
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Definitely dramatic, Don! Great original capture & awesome job on the effects!
^.^

1/21/2006 6:47:22 PM

 
Don Johnson
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I appreciate everone's kind comments about my image. And it is nice to win a finalist award because there are so many wonderful photographers out there producing such great images on this site.

1/23/2006 5:52:42 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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LOL, somehow I just can't get my mind around this image knowing this guy is so old but it is wonderful photoshop work and final results. A BIG congratulations Don

1/23/2006 6:17:52 AM

 
Piotr M. Organa
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Congrats!!!

1/23/2006 10:19:17 AM

 
She-She Killough
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One word.... POWERFUL!!! Congrats on a wonderful win Don!!

1/24/2006 9:38:38 AM

 
Don Johnson
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It is exciting to win a second place award with so many wonderful photographs in this months competition. This photo did not really take me long to modify in photoshop, but it sure turned out nice. Thanks everyone for your kind comments. They really do motivate me.

1/24/2006 9:44:13 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Absolutely stunning Don! Congrats you your win, it is well deserved.

Erica

1/24/2006 11:30:47 AM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Great PS work, but a great image to start with, Don - congratulations!

1/24/2006 12:28:30 PM

 
Lisa Clark
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Congratulations on your 2ND Place Win!
I was hoping this would be a winner.

1/24/2006 7:15:50 PM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
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Congratulations on your Second place winner!!!

1/24/2006 8:28:35 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Woo Hoo Don! Congratulations on this fine winner !!!

1/25/2006 4:33:28 AM

 
Jack Nevitt
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Nice shot Don, looks like you were in Africa. Congrats on being a finalist!

1/25/2006 6:32:57 AM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Very powerful! The motion and speed you put across are awesome.

1/28/2006 4:03:24 PM

 
Els De Winter
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Congratulations, Don! Wonderful image. Strong effects. Very special.

2/6/2006 8:16:06 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Don!

Cathy :)

2/13/2006 10:31:38 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Another awesome capture! Excellent!

2/23/2006 6:03:48 PM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Paula, and everyone who responded, for their kind words about this image.

2/24/2006 5:36:07 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Don, it was a real pleasure meeting you by chance at the cathedral today---I said your name sounded familiar (apart from Miami Vice!) and this was why---I saw this lion pop up on the home page many times during February! Congratulations!

2/25/2006 7:36:54 PM

 
ronda chatelle
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Fantastic creative vision and presentation! It screams perfection! Your gallery is one of the best I have ever viewed! Given more time I would have commented on nearly every image! You are amazing!!!

6/3/2006 3:08:38 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Ronda,

Thank you for your very kind words about my photographs. You made me blush. I sincerely appreciate them.

Don J.

6/12/2006 6:35:12 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Going to comment on your new finalist, I accidentally hit your gallery instead and found this AWESOME photo! This is just amazing. So glad I found it.

Erica

7/25/2006 11:13:43 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Erica. I, too, really like this photo. I think it is one of my best.

7/25/2006 12:14:34 PM

 
Lori Carlson
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Your vision with this is just amazing Don! Love the movement you created here! Great subject! Ya gots ta love God's "big cats"! :0) Big congrats on all the deserved recognition this has received!! Your gallery rocks! What talent! :0)

10/28/2006 7:07:51 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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...I should have added here, that I saw this in the Nature's Best Photography magazine at Barnes & Noble, out right now, along with your yawning lion right on the cover! Congratulations again, on your accomplishments!

10/28/2006 11:34:24 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Chris and Lori. Obiviously, I have done very well with this image and I am glad, Lori, that you like my gallery.

10/30/2006 6:13:36 AM

 
Pam Ullman
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Don -- saw this on the home page this morning and just had to say -- WOW! I've now bookmarked your gallery as your work is amazing, and I can see that there is much to be gained from studying it ...

12/17/2006 5:42:24 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Pam,

Thank you for your kind words. You are good for my ego. BTY -- I saw your Blue Autumn photo the other day -- very, very nice.

Don J.

12/18/2006 6:30:04 AM

 
Troy D. Ringley
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This is a great shot Don. I was really impressed with the before and after that you presented at the CCCC meeting.

Troy

1/22/2007 5:07:51 PM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Troy. I checked out some of your images in your new gallery and you have some nice one. I love the one of the rabbit with his mouth full. Great shot.

1/23/2007 5:34:41 AM

 
Steven E. Ray
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Your photos are off the charts awesome. The deployment of a motion blur with sustained center axis worked wonderfully on this cat! Great work!

7/19/2007 1:07:35 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Steven. Those are very kind words. I sincerely appreciate them.

7/19/2007 5:36:28 AM

 
Joseph N. DiGilio
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I just gotta tell ya Don, when I saw this image for the first time I said to myself, this nut was on one of those African Photo Safaris shooting from the back of an open pick up truck like those brothers you see on the National Geographic Chanel. I hope he had a change of shorts with him. What a shot!
What are the chances of seeing, let alone getting a picture of, action like this at a zoo? I hope you have a big one of these displayed at home.

11/27/2007 9:54:35 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Joe,

This image was actually published in Nature's Best magaine. It was also displayed (about 3'x 5') in the Smithsonian for almost a year. But it is a digitally enhanced image of a lion yawning -- I added the motion blur in the background to make it interesting.

Don J.

11/27/2007 11:31:44 AM

 
Joseph N. DiGilio
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Oh.
I'm speachless.
Did you say, yawning?
You sure did a great job making a picture of a yawning lion look like WILD KINGDOM, Don.
I like the story my eyes dictated to my vivid immagination much better. In it you and your guide, Nimrod, barely escape with your lives when your electronic flash frightens the beast away. Then you change your shorts. LOL
All kidding aside, this is OUTSTANDING work.

11/27/2007 1:28:57 PM

 
Don Johnson
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Joe, you made me laugh out loud.

11/27/2007 2:37:27 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Don, when the Smithsonian exhibit came down, did you get to keep the big enlargement print?

11/27/2007 2:44:10 PM

 
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Unfortunately, they did not let me keep the enlargements displayed at the Smithsonian. They said they may be interested in using them for future traveling exhibits around the country. I hope so, but only time will tell.

11/28/2007 5:34:34 AM

 
Joseph N. DiGilio
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I was waiting to hear the answer you gave Christopher. Too bad, that would have been special. You must have had someone take a picture of you standing beside it at the Smithsonian, right?

11/28/2007 5:46:37 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Yep, I did.

11/28/2007 5:58:51 AM

 
Michelle L. Jollett

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This photo is incredible. I love it.

1/2/2008 7:23:51 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thank you Michelle. I sincerely appreciate your nice comments.

1/3/2008 6:55:18 AM

 
Matt  Quaid
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Don, this is awesome, I'm amazed at this shot

1/28/2008 9:52:06 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thanks Matt. Your opinion means a lot to me. (FYI -- this is one of my photos that appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of "Nature's Best" magazine.)

1/28/2008 10:26:27 AM

 
Christina C. Moore
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Fantastic and dynamic shot. I love the motion of the lion.

9/4/2008 11:36:28 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Thanks Christina for finding this "oldie but goodie" shot of mine.

9/4/2008 11:44:42 AM

 
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