Jules Oldroyd

Camera: Canon r5

Lens: 24-70MM RF 2.8

Aperture: F9

Shutter speed: 1/1000

ISO: 1600

Description: A lioness walks away from her paramour after mating as a storm looms in the Mara.

Story from behind the lens: We were barely 5 minutes out of camp on my afternoon game drive when my guide James spotted lions in the distance. When we got closer James recognized Osupaat, a legendary lion in the Olare Motorogi conservancy. Whilst Osupaat & his brother Nyekundu belong to the Enkoyanai pride, this afternoon Osupaat was with two lionesses from the Moniko pride who he was mating with.

We stayed with the trio of lions for most of the afternoon as they would rest & then one of the lionesses would walk a little & decide it was time to mate. I took a range of images on different lenses but like this wide angle image as Osupaat continues to watch the lioness as she moves off. As the storm clouds were so spectacular I also wanted to incorporate them to make this much more of a moody image.