Canon 5Dmk3, f2.8, 1/400th, ISO2000
I just returned from guiding a private photographic safari to the Timbavati adjacent to Kruger National Park. My guest and I had a fantastic time at Umlani Bushcamp and were treated to scenes not only such as this, but also an incredible scene of wallowing elephants and also a leopard up an Ebony with an impala kill.
Why is this image special to me?
I love creating angles that do justice to my subject. Often the trouble with photographing from the back of a high vehicle is that you are shooting straight down at the subject. You are not allowing for much depth of field. We were fortunate enough that the lions were on a slight high-rise and with a little vehicle position by Morne Hamlyn, our pro guide and general manager of Umlani Bushcamp, we were able to get great shots.
This male lion also contains a special hidden secret flowing within his royal blood. He is directly related to the white lions of the Timbavati and carries the recessive white gene. He is from the Giraffe Pride. What an honor to photograph such a legendary lion.
If you would like to join me on safari this year have a look at my upcoming Chobe safari in May, it is going to be unforgettable.
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Marlon du Toit