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Feeding Lions in Zimbabwe, Africa – Shane Cleminson – Guest Photographer   30 comments



Feeding Lions in Zimbabwe, Africa – Shane Cleminson – Guest Photographer

I must say when I opened this photo it stopped me in my tracks.  I didn’t expect to see feeding lions from BELOW eye level.  Insane!  I love it.  I can’t believe he is right in the action.  Shane is an African transplant now living in Maryland as a wedding photographer.  His eye is very sharp and he has tons of talent that is apparent on his website  and blog

Shane… Take it from here!

I shot this image about six years ago.  It is still one of my favorite shots.  I was working on a wildlife video for a conservation project in Zimbabwe, Africa.  I shot this with an old Canon 20D and the kit 18-55mm lens.  It was a bright day and I used a polarizing filter to get a bit more color in the sky.  I was able to get so close as I spent a few months working with a group of about 50 lions for a video documentary in Zimbabwe.  I was lying on the ground next to these lions.  They were eating a Blesbok.  Blesbok are native to South Africa, but a few places in Zimbabwe have imported them.  There used to be over 100,000 lions in sub Saharan Africa.  Today there are less than 15,000.  Sadly, most governments in Africa make too much money off hunting to list the lion as endangered.  More controlled hunting and better conservation of wild spaces would save the King of Beasts.

Here is a direct link to his lion photos.


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