Zeus Lion-African-Panthera leo

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Zeus Lion-African-Panthera leo

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/9/2008 1:33:13 PM

Wow, so cool, great timing and beautiful lion!!! #873466

Hendrik Storme 3/11/2008 2:07:02 PM

Terrific capture!!! #5628489

Dianna Murphy 3/12/2008 5:23:06 PM

Wow, I hope there was something between him and you cause he looks like he coming to get you. #5634326

Kate Jackson level-classic 3/18/2008 12:26:36 AM

Amazing shot William! He is coming straight for you! Glad you survived! #5655946

Cindy Bendush level-classic 3/18/2008 12:31:17 AM

Congrats on this spectacular POTD! Going into my favs! :-) #5655955

Robyn Gwilt 3/18/2008 12:38:46 AM

Magnificent capture of a magnificent beast! Where was this taken?

Holly J. Jackson 3/18/2008 12:57:18 AM

kinG of the jungle... no DOUBT!! He looks MAJESTIC!!

Congrats on your POTD!! ; ) #5656019

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 3/18/2008 1:12:05 AM

Congratulations on your POTD win!!!

Dominick #5656065

Toni Riggs level-classic 3/18/2008 1:49:46 AM

WOW!!!! Congrats on your well deserved POTD! #5656149

Mary K. Robison level-classic 3/18/2008 2:00:53 AM

Outstanding capture!
Congratulations on your well-earned POTD! #5656200

Bill Houghton 3/18/2008 2:16:30 AM

Great action shot William. Great timing. Congratulations on your POTD. Bill

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Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/18/2008 4:02:53 AM

Fabulous POTD!

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 3/18/2008 4:09:40 AM

Congratulations on your POTD for this dynamic image! #5656627

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 3/18/2008 4:16:54 AM

William, wonderful Lion....wonderful capture (so to speak...which is a really good thing...)Where did you photograph this beautiful cat? Congratulations on your POTD....it's a sure attention getter....Patricia #5656653

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 3/18/2008 5:11:58 AM

AWESOME! What a fantastic capture, congratulations on your BP POTD!

jo ann c. #5656957

Josselyne Klecanda level-classic 3/18/2008 5:16:28 AM

WOW! what a shot. Congrats. #5656979

Linda D. Lester level-classic 3/18/2008 5:48:43 AM

WOW!!! What a beauty!! Congratulations! #5657140

Kathy L. Clark level-classic 3/18/2008 5:52:37 AM

Congrats William on your awesome POTD. #5657154

Samantha L. Dean level-classic 3/18/2008 6:05:42 AM

Fabulous shot! Totally amazing!!! Congrats on having this photo selected as a Photo Of The Day!!!! #5657230

Jim Britt level-classic 3/18/2008 6:08:26 AM

Congrats on your POTD. Beautiful cat there. #5657257

Roberta R. Hedman level-classic 3/18/2008 6:51:25 AM

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!! #5657545

Erica Murphy level-classic 3/18/2008 7:20:35 AM

Congrats on your POTD William!!! This is such a great image!!

Erica #5657664

Nancy Donnell level-classic 3/18/2008 8:03:03 AM

Wow, William. Love this shot. His mane is amazing. It makes this image so dramatic. congrats!! I too, was curious where he resides, and where you found him. #5657815

Evy Johansen level-classic 3/18/2008 8:07:24 AM

Outstanding shot, William!! Congratulations on your POTD!! #5657827

Denise Denomy level-classic 3/18/2008 8:29:22 AM


She-She Killough level-classic 3/18/2008 8:30:19 AM

One word William.... WOW!!!!!!!! #5657926

donna m. paul 3/18/2008 8:55:32 AM

This is one of the Best Lion Shots I have Seen in a LONG Time...GREAT ACTION CAPTURE...Where did you capture this??

Donna #5658037

Cheryl Meisel 3/18/2008 9:11:21 AM

WOW what an awesome shot of a beautiful animal!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this one!
Cherylm #5658117

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 3/18/2008 9:30:12 AM

Terrific action capture! Congrats!! #5658204

RC Fritz 3/18/2008 9:37:14 AM

Terrific!! Congratulations on your POTD!! #5658257

Kathleen R. Struckle 3/18/2008 11:08:51 AM

Awesome capture. Congrats on POTD!! #5658687

Joy Rector 3/18/2008 11:26:27 AM

congrats on the POTD #5658759

karyl dalbey 3/18/2008 11:36:59 AM

Really great shot! Love the camera angle. Congratulations on POTD. Karyl Dalbey #5658804

Lori L. Thomas 3/18/2008 11:38:48 AM

I rarely comment, but this is so breathtaking. Excellent shot. #5658817

Christian Rosito level-classic 3/18/2008 1:45:44 PM

Amazing, congratulations on this wonderful POTD! #5659342

Jeff Robinson level-classic 3/18/2008 2:30:59 PM

Congrats on your Outstanding and Well Deserved POTD!! Jeff #5659538

Siete Meeter level-classic 3/18/2008 2:54:13 PM

Outstanding capture!
Congratulations on your well-earned POTD!


Margaret Anna Durkin level-classic 3/18/2008 3:04:44 PM

Congratulations (AWESOME!)beautiful Lion #5659703

karyl dalbey 3/18/2008 4:27:30 PM

Looks like everyone is in agreement that this is a great shot! You should look into selling it to National Geographic or some other type of magazine. I think you have a winner here! Karyl Dalbey #5660022

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/18/2008 8:05:50 PM

Congratulations on your potd William, excellent action capture! #5660826

Laura L. Gonzales level-classic 3/19/2008 9:01:42 PM

Outstanding capture!!! Congrats on your well deserved POTD!! Laura #5665912

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 3/20/2008 12:19:40 AM

Awsome c apture, he is beautiful!!!
Big Congrats on your POTD!!! #5666360

James E. Coleman 3/20/2008 7:06:27 PM

The dust in this amplifies the action nature of this and how dramatic it is!
Since you haven't responded to these notes I hope he didn't get you!!:):)

Jim #5670501

Kathryn A. Chase 3/24/2008 10:16:54 AM

Where was this taken? It's fantastic. If it was taken at a zoo, you did an amazing job covering that up. #5688691

William Dow level-classic 3/24/2008 12:08:02 PM

Thank you for your comments. The charging lion's name is Zeus and he lives at the Shambala Preserve in Acton, CA. I have been acting staff photographer there since 1982. The photo was taken of him in his compound through chain link fencing. I used a 70-200mm Canon lens on a Canon EOS1D Mark ll. The fencing was shaded from the sun so I made it disappear with selective focus. I left the settings on Program. The ISO was set to 400. I believe the shutter speed was around 350-400th/sec. The aperture was probably around f8. I used Photoshop to clean up the background and modify levels.
To find out about the Shambala Preserve, the link to the website is:http://www.shambala.org/ #5689418

John C. Ensign level-classic 11/2/2011 3:17:07 AM

Great capture William!!! Almost makes me want to turn and start running the other way. lol! Awesome!!!

John #9778360

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Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 120.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

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