Vicki Santello

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: RF100-400 f/4.5-7.1

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1600

ISO: 2000

Description: The romance between a mating pair of lions often includes abrupt interludes of snarls and an angry roars

Story from behind the lens: I was kneeling on the floor of a safari vehicle with doors off when I took this image. We saw the pair resting in the shade and positioned the vehicle in the nearby vicinity hopes that they might resume their mating behavior not knowing where or when they might resume. After a time, the female got up from the bushes and nonchalantly walked away. The male pursued and the two found a new location nearby that was on the top of a little hillock . Sammy repositioned our vehicle so my opening faced their direction. It was a superior location for photography as the height of the rise put them on my eye level with a clean background. When the mating resumed I took a series of images including this Lover's Quarrel. I converted the image to BW in post processing.