Ashish Ranjan

Camera: Sony A9 ii

Lens: Sony 200-600 F5.6-6.3

Aperture: f/6.3

Shutter speed: 1/500sec

ISO: 2000

Description: Animals know a way to communicate with fellow human beings. The look in the eyes of the cub resonated with me where it appeared that it wants to tell us that their uncertain future is in our hands.

Story from behind the lens: It was a beautiful morning safari in Masai Mara when out guide decided to take us to the topi pride as they had been seen roaming in their territory looking out for food. We spotted the cubs near the foots of the hills where topi pride lions are known to live. We waited for more than 45 mins before we could see the pack of lionesses coming towards their cubs. In anticipation of good moments of them meeting their waiting cubs, we positioned our jeep close to a anthill hoping that the lionesses will climb over it and the cubs will follow. We were proven right and when one of the lioness went up together with its cubs, we got our moment where we took some closeup shots in the warmth morning sunlight. One such moment was this where i intentionally kept the mother almost out of the frame and only focused on the eye of the cub resulting in this shot.