Lennie Shutyak

Camera: Nikon D6

Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Aperture: f/4.5

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 5000

Description: After failed attempt to hunt prior sunrise, male lion vanished into hazy plains and high grass. Minutes later, the King majestically re-emerged for just a second, laser focused on lioness' scent!

Story from behind the lens: I was inside custom designed vehicle equipped with low access door to take images at the eye level and opportunity to capture more realistic view point. I was concerned with low light, highly active subject in close proximity (full frame) and possibly not being able to freeze action if necessary. So I bumped the ISO to 5000 and kept aperture as wide as I wide at f/4.5. Fog concealed imperfections of the background and naturally enhanced the lion