Lion Attack

© Don Johnson

Lion Attack

Lorri Shank 12/13/2005 1:36:19 PM

Unbelievable! Fury and strength in a great photo! #358850

Terry L. Ellis 12/13/2005 1:42:56 PM

Awesome capture and powerful effects, Don! #2182513

Jessica L. Richard 12/13/2005 2:05:49 PM

wonderful image, very nice effects! #2182565

Bea. Anderson 12/13/2005 2:50:03 PM

Terrific action. My childhood nightmare! Bea. #2182675

Pat Gamwell 12/13/2005 4:57:09 PM

Something out of National Geographic, Don! ABSOLUTELY the effects! #2183030

Graeme yew Chow 12/13/2005 5:44:29 PM

Wow, awesome effects. #2183159

Piotr M. Organa 12/13/2005 6:51:12 PM

Wow, major photo, Don! How did you do that? #2183301

Sheri Stukel 12/13/2005 7:09:47 PM

Wonderful photo! One of my favorites so far! #2183357

Claudia/Theo Bodmer 12/13/2005 10:08:47 PM

Way cool. #2183755

Janine Russell 12/13/2005 11:03:40 PM

Don, excellent capture and effects. #2183863

Don Johnson 12/14/2005 5:28:00 AM

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. #2184447

Mary Swift 12/14/2005 8:10:20 AM

Fantastic image, Don! Wonderful use of effects to make it a powerful photo! #2185042

Milan Banik 12/14/2005 9:41:02 AM

great curated work Don. #2185412

Lisa Clark 12/15/2005 10:46:13 AM

Whoa!! This is very impressive. Very unique image. #2188870

Bill Houghton 1/21/2006 3:51:48 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Don. Great job. #2313420

Betsy M. Eaves 1/21/2006 6:47:22 PM

Definitely dramatic, Don! Great original capture & awesome job on the effects!
^.^ #2319440

Don Johnson 1/23/2006 5:52:42 AM

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. #2325467

Donna W. Neal 1/23/2006 6:17:52 AM

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 #2325563

Piotr M. Organa 1/23/2006 10:19:17 AM

Congrats!!! #2326639

She-She Killough 1/24/2006 9:38:38 AM

One word.... POWERFUL!!! Congrats on a wonderful win Don!! #2331433

Don Johnson 1/24/2006 9:44:13 AM

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. #2331446

Erica Murphy 1/24/2006 11:30:47 AM

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

Erica #2331958

Deborah Sandidge 1/24/2006 12:28:30 PM

Great PS work, but a great image to start with, Don - congratulations! #2332260

Lisa Clark 1/24/2006 7:15:50 PM

Congratulations on your 2ND Place Win!
I was hoping this would be a winner. #2333961

KHAWLA Haddad 1/24/2006 8:28:35 PM

Congratulations on your Second place winner!!! #2334268

Donna W. Neal 1/25/2006 4:33:28 AM

Woo Hoo Don! Congratulations on this fine winner !!! #2335354

Jack Nevitt 1/25/2006 6:32:57 AM

Nice shot Don, looks like you were in Africa. Congrats on being a finalist! #2336106

ALLEN O. HOWARD 1/28/2006 4:03:24 PM

Very powerful! The motion and speed you put across are awesome. #2350113

Els De Winter 2/6/2006 8:16:06 AM

Congratulations, Don! Wonderful image. Strong effects. Very special. #2385099

Cathy M. Gromball 2/13/2006 10:31:38 AM

Congratulations on your Second Place win, Don!

Cathy :) #2414656

Paula Showen 2/23/2006 6:03:48 PM

Another awesome capture! Excellent! #2459725

Don Johnson 2/24/2006 5:36:07 AM

Thank you Paula, and everyone who responded, for their kind words about this image. #2461238

Christopher Budny 2/25/2006 7:36:54 PM

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! #2468471

ronda chatelle 6/3/2006 3:08:38 AM

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!!! #2847191

Don Johnson 6/12/2006 6:35:12 AM


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

Don J. #2884987

Erica Murphy 7/25/2006 11:13:43 AM

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 #3078312

Don Johnson 7/25/2006 12:14:34 PM

Thank you Erica. I, too, really like this photo. I think it is one of my best. #3078816

Lori Carlson 10/28/2006 7:07:51 AM

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) #3513542

Christopher Budny 10/28/2006 11:34:24 AM

...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! #3514700

Don Johnson 10/30/2006 6:13:36 AM

Thank you Chris and Lori. Obiviously, I have done very well with this image and I am glad, Lori, that you like my gallery. #3522599

Pam Ullman 12/17/2006 5:42:24 AM

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 ... #3711096

Don Johnson 12/18/2006 6:30:04 AM


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. #3714346

Troy D. Ringley 1/22/2007 5:07:51 PM

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

Troy #3851910

Don Johnson 1/23/2007 5:34:41 AM

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. #3853955

Steven E. Ray 7/19/2007 1:07:35 AM

Your photos are off the charts awesome. The deployment of a motion blur with sustained center axis worked wonderfully on this cat! Great work! #4525313

Don Johnson 7/19/2007 5:36:28 AM

Thank you Steven. Those are very kind words. I sincerely appreciate them. #4526266

Joseph N. DiGilio 11/27/2007 9:54:35 AM

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. #5135956

Don Johnson 11/27/2007 11:31:44 AM


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. #5136415

Joseph N. DiGilio 11/27/2007 1:28:57 PM

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.

Don Johnson 11/27/2007 2:37:27 PM

Joe, you made me laugh out loud. #5137405

Christopher Budny 11/27/2007 2:44:10 PM

Don, when the Smithsonian exhibit came down, did you get to keep the big enlargement print? #5137432

Don Johnson 11/28/2007 5:34:34 AM

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. #5141541

Joseph N. DiGilio 11/28/2007 5:46:37 AM

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?

Don Johnson 11/28/2007 5:58:51 AM

Yep, I did. #5141697

Michelle L. Jollett 1/2/2008 7:23:51 AM

This photo is incredible. I love it. #5281423

Don Johnson 1/3/2008 6:55:18 AM

Thank you Michelle. I sincerely appreciate your nice comments. #5285960

Matt Quaid 1/28/2008 9:52:06 AM

Don, this is awesome, I'm amazed at this shot #5408449

Don Johnson 1/28/2008 10:26:27 AM

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.) #5408610

Christina C. Moore 9/4/2008 11:36:28 AM

Fantastic and dynamic shot. I love the motion of the lion. #6411205

Don Johnson 9/4/2008 11:44:42 AM

Thanks Christina for finding this "oldie but goodie" shot of mine. #6411234

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Published in Fall 2006 Issue of Nature's Best Magazine

Uploaded on 12/13/2005 12:52:41 PM

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Camera: Nikon D100 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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