Presenting one of my signature photographs taken in Masai Mara of a yawning lioness from the Marsh Pride.
This is one of my favorite shots from Masai Mara. Taken about 4 years ago however I still remember clearly the moment. On an evening drive we saw a pride of lions resting in the open. The rains had transformed the Mara landscape completely, making it lush green.
Lions are known to sleep for anywhere between 15-22 hours a day, only getting up to hunt,eat, drink water or mark their territory. On this specific occasion we saw about 14 lions within a radius of 100 meters. We decided to stop near this female as she was closest to the road. When we got there the mood of the lioness was rather uninteresting and lazy. I took a couple of shots of her sleeping and cleaning her paws, and noticed how she kept yawning every now and then.
I took a couple of sample shots and reviewed them to check the composition. You need to take your time and keep cool when you get the opportunity. I have made so many mistakes in the field while photographing that it’s a learning in process. Here I made sure I kept my cool and ensured that I got my settings correct.
Since I was shooting handheld I had to keep my eyes stuck on to the viewfinder, next time she yawned I had her in my frame just as I wanted it.
I learnt a very important lesson, its not about the quantity of pictures clicked, its about the quality of the pictures clicked.