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Upon His Kingdom
Upon His Kingdom
heavyj


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Kobe Zoo
Date: Apr 25, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2009

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Statistics
Place: 14 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.9792
Avg (commenters): 8.0753
Avg (participants): 6.9877
Avg (non-participants): 6.9333
Views since voting: 3498
Views during voting: 781
Votes: 481
Comments: 103
Favorites: 23 (view)


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03/18/2009 12:21:08 PM
This is an outstanding portrait of a magnificent animal. One of my favorites of the challenge.
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03/18/2009 10:26:38 AM
This was my fav of the challenge. Just outstanding. I picked it for the blue.
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03/18/2009 10:10:12 AM
congrats
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03/18/2009 08:36:34 AM
wow! - great lighting
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03/18/2009 03:35:16 AM
Very glad this did so well, very well deserved. It is a brilliant shot
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03/18/2009 02:59:42 AM
totally unique perspective - the lighting is amazing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:41:06 PM
WOW. This is just amazing - the lighting, the pose, processing, everything about it. I could see this being a poster.
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03/17/2009 10:22:33 PM
Simba! Very nice shot - great detail and use of dark background. The regal and royal king, with intense eyes.
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03/17/2009 09:08:36 PM
Lovely portrait! Excellent clarity and juxtaposition. 8
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03/17/2009 05:44:45 PM
great shot... one of the best lion shots I have seen on this site.... bravo.... +
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03/17/2009 05:14:50 PM
Fantastic shot!
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03/17/2009 04:30:17 PM
Great portrait. The coloring is very nice.
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03/17/2009 03:50:13 PM
Creative crop angle to give an unusual look to the shot which is backed up by the title.
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03/17/2009 03:45:30 PM
finally a lion/big cat photo that's done correctly
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03/17/2009 03:44:04 PM
It's a pleasure to see a lion picture, a big cat picture, that moves beyond cliché by virtue of its startlingly different angle. A lion profile, indeed! :-) Well done, and a 8 on bump day from me.
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03/17/2009 03:02:49 PM
His majesty does look quite royal indeed...proud as well. Nicely done!
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03/17/2009 02:55:17 PM
There is somthing very regal about htis, I lvoe the black background, it makes it seem very contemplative.
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03/17/2009 02:04:30 PM
what a magnificent photo...just majestic, your colors and tones are...WOW...this will defiantly be in the top % of this challenge (I would say 1-2% but I'm not sure how many that is...hmmm)
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03/17/2009 01:11:03 PM
King of the beasts....Wrrrrrrrrhrrrooaaaarrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
Nice detail and light.
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03/17/2009 04:16:37 AM
fantastic lighting, very nice portrait of a lion
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03/17/2009 02:48:18 AM
great glowing feel to this photo and angle pushes it higher
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03/16/2009 11:13:08 PM
Definitely you have captured a majestic posture of "The King". I like the lighting very much.
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03/16/2009 10:14:41 PM
Beautiful. Looks like a SandyP shot (and that is a huge compliment from me).
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03/16/2009 06:58:19 PM
Nice lighting, really emphasizes the detail in the fur.
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03/16/2009 06:43:39 PM
This is much better than i originally thought.
the detail and the color are superior, the only thing i might change is a bit more off the left, this would work well with a square crop +2
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03/16/2009 05:47:32 PM
Very nice!
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03/16/2009 05:23:58 PM
Back to comment, I firstly gave a 8 but this one deserves more.
It's a powerful portrait, the textures and details are very well preserved.
The only thing I like less is the cropping or rotating to be more precise.
I'm not sure this angle is the best one, don't worry it's just an opinion.
my final vote 9
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03/16/2009 04:57:04 PM
I like this photo and would probably love it and score it a bit higher if it were a different angle. Not sure I like him looking "up" like that. It just doesn't feel right. I feel like it should just be a profile with him looking to the right side, not the top right corner. It's not natural.
03/16/2009 03:40:12 PM
Nice shot!
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03/16/2009 07:09:54 AM
Wonderful light and editing. It looks like the lion was posing for the shot in a studio :) Well done. One of my favorites.
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03/16/2009 04:53:31 AM
Niec sharp pic. 9
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03/16/2009 04:23:26 AM
Well captured and presented.
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03/16/2009 02:11:52 AM
fantastic
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03/16/2009 01:18:52 AM
Lovely profile shot. Great lighting and color.
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03/15/2009 10:07:05 PM
majestic
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03/15/2009 08:28:21 PM
Beautiful use of light. One of the best animal portraits I've seen.

(as a side note, while I didn't notice it the first few times I've looked at this photo, I do notice on a different monitor that there are some possible spot editing marks in the background.)
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03/15/2009 07:26:06 PM
Voted earlier coming back for comments. Great capture of this majestic lion!!! Love the details we see from furry mane, the whiskers, the hairs my the mouth, and around the eyes. Great coloration...the lighting captures the beauty of the shades that adorn this great cat. Love the catchlight that adds sparkle and dimension to his eye. I feel he is purposely posing; striking a regal kingly pose for us to appreciate his full majesty.
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03/15/2009 07:18:38 PM
Wonderful image - Reminds me of The Lion King! Great lighting and PP.
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03/15/2009 07:01:29 PM
He does look majestic. THere is absolutely nothing to critique here.
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03/15/2009 06:29:21 PM
Yes. This is a masterpiece. How did you get it?
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03/15/2009 06:27:55 PM
This looks like a "Sandy P" shot
10 :)
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03/15/2009 05:26:55 PM
Strange rotation - looks like it should be rotated 45 to 90 degrees clockwise. But still a beautiful image. 7.
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03/15/2009 02:58:20 PM
very noble cat. excellent capture
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03/15/2009 12:09:39 PM
stunning image, light is perfect
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03/15/2009 10:56:36 AM
What a majestic beast he is. I have no idea how you got him to pose like that but 10/10 for bravery. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 10:34:35 AM
Beautiful shot... love the lighting!
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03/15/2009 10:33:26 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:06:50 AM
Dramatic, inspirational.
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03/15/2009 09:50:31 AM
this is a very nice lion portrait - 8
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03/15/2009 07:49:20 AM
Nice pose of the lion and beautiful light.
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03/15/2009 05:06:54 AM
hmm great shot but still its shame his mane is not more visible at the back , this way he looks almost as a dog :(

8

thx, brano
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03/15/2009 04:11:52 AM
Love the light on this beautiful face. He looks very majestic. Only wish there was a little more room on the right, and less negative space on the left. 9
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03/15/2009 02:59:49 AM
I recommend a tighter crop on the left and you have a superb image here. excellent details, 8
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03/15/2009 01:47:06 AM
Great composition and lighting here. Well done. 8.
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03/15/2009 01:06:45 AM
Very majestic pose!
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03/14/2009 11:25:20 PM
Very nice texture on the hair. Assuming this was shot through a window, I see no trace of glass. Good job. Nicely composed and edited.
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03/14/2009 09:38:24 PM
Beautifully captured!!! I love this angle and the royalty of this picture. You did a great job here!!
03/14/2009 08:31:20 PM
Stunning... Such beautiful rich tones and unusual composition/pose. VERY well done!
03/14/2009 08:16:00 PM
Great clarity and colours. I wonder if a vertical crop with space in the top right rather than behind the head would have been even better. 9
03/14/2009 02:53:59 PM
oh! total favorite so far! 10
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03/14/2009 01:18:17 PM
Looks just like he was posing for you a la Lion King! Lovely light and great detail.
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03/14/2009 10:02:47 AM
Nice lighting. He looks so majestic.
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03/14/2009 05:58:17 AM
fantastic lighting and great detail .... awesome portrait
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03/14/2009 05:42:53 AM
just beautiful. 10.
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03/14/2009 04:55:43 AM
Well captured, not sure I like the rotation, maybe I am old fashioned but I think a 45 degree clockwise would be much better. Well done 7
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03/14/2009 03:36:43 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/13/2009 08:55:26 PM
beautiful profile and portrait, great detail in the fur
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03/13/2009 07:21:03 PM
Masterful rotation. Great detail on a stunning profile. To be very picky, just a tad of a green tinge on the yellow portions of the mane. Killer shot.
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03/13/2009 07:18:54 PM
Amazing pose. What a majestic photo, and so far one of my favourites (I have gone through about 400 at this point). Hope you do well.
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03/13/2009 03:46:33 PM
very majestic
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03/13/2009 12:49:00 PM
WOW.. this is SUPER FABULOUS! 9
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03/13/2009 10:23:01 AM
Stunning light! He looks regal, indeed.
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03/13/2009 08:45:32 AM
Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind. Great detail and on the black it is very nice. 10
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03/13/2009 03:27:19 AM
Majestic! Slightly unusual composition
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03/12/2009 10:08:06 PM
Nice shot. Great profile.
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03/12/2009 07:14:52 PM
Amazing. I love the big cat shots, this one is so unique, simple and stunning. 10
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03/12/2009 04:37:17 PM
black background and pose makes it, otherwise i'm not a fan of zoo shots :)
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03/12/2009 03:41:26 PM
Amazing lighting, congratulations!!
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03/12/2009 03:20:28 PM
Good shot. Interesting crop. Maybe too much of an angle. Still a solid shot.
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03/12/2009 02:30:01 PM
Beautiful light on this majestic animal.
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03/12/2009 12:28:00 PM
great light, great composition, very nice shot
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03/12/2009 12:27:48 PM
Beautiful image - I just love the way the light is falling on his face. Great job.
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03/12/2009 11:46:32 AM
fabulous details in his face ... I would love to know what he's looking at and thinking about ...
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03/12/2009 11:28:20 AM
Fantastic job on the lighting. Nice detail.
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03/12/2009 11:09:36 AM
Great shot. It would be nice to have some breathing room on the right hand side.
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03/12/2009 08:54:12 AM
Beautiful tones & a regal subject; it's gorgeous.
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03/12/2009 06:46:10 AM
looks very proud, as he should.
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03/12/2009 02:09:29 AM
super
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03/11/2009 09:48:56 PM
I like the title, the angle of the head seems a bit extreme... but it works for the most part.
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03/11/2009 09:29:30 PM
This reminds me of "The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe"... nicely done
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03/11/2009 08:28:36 PM
Wonderful image of the KING.
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03/11/2009 07:57:50 PM
Regal portrait.
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03/11/2009 04:32:50 PM
brilliantly exposed
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03/11/2009 02:41:44 PM
6
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03/11/2009 02:29:41 PM
This is strikingly beautiful. I am in awe. Congrats on a fine entry. Coming back to re-comment. This is by far my fav of the challenge. 10
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03/11/2009 01:16:09 PM
Sharp shot.
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03/11/2009 12:57:33 PM
Very well done. I just love how dignified his expression is.
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03/11/2009 10:48:12 AM
Very Majestic!
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03/11/2009 08:30:46 AM
Superb study, excellent lighting works well against the black background, well done
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03/11/2009 05:35:37 AM
LOL, did you say 'sit' before a black curtain? Beautiful shot though, very nice lightening. He truly is the King of Kings.
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03/11/2009 01:31:10 AM
Really captured the proud look of a noble beast!
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03/11/2009 01:21:39 AM
How in the world did you get this shot?!
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03/11/2009 12:36:10 AM
If that black background is real and not burned in...wow, what an image. Even if it was enhanced...still gorgeous. 8
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