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Invisible...threat-Tarangire N.P.-Tanzania (NWF 2009 honorable mention award)

By: Theodore Mattas  |  View Full Portfolio (171 images)

Equipment: -Hoya 77mm UV[0] HMC Super, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 + 1.4X TC

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The guide-driver was absolutely sure...."There is a Lioness hiding- stalking this Zebra herd we watch about 20 feet away"...Well it took me almost 5 minutes of intense looking to finally spot her cause the landscape was high grass as you can see on the photo!She remained there totally motionless for more than an hour!I was expecting her to finally unleash an attack but finally nothing happened!


J. Harrington USA (Massachusetts) , October 18, 2007; 12:43 P.M.

Amazing image. The cat is camouflaged so well, it looks like you painted it in w/PS.

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Bert Reitter , October 22, 2007; 09:28 P.M.

what a superb shot

this is so absolutely typical of the patience of lions. great image...Bert

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Matt Berry , October 25, 2007; 06:21 P.M.


This is sublime Theodore! Beautiful and so demonstative of the brilliant camouflage of the lion. I really commend you on this shot, its really different and stands out (unlike the lion!) from the usual kind of all in focus, all clearly in frame shot.

Well done!


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Nuray Gonulalan , January 06, 2008; 04:34 P.M.


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Jeffrey Lee , March 03, 2008; 09:34 A.M.

lion in field

Nice shot I like the exitment this image creates as your not sure the lion will eat the photographer , thanks for the critique on my shot the anhinga landing ive been looking over your shots very nice , Look forward to seeing more Jeff

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David Nichols , March 18, 2008; 03:54 P.M.

Theodore this is amazing shot. Great job of focus, Congrats on an awesome capture of one of the most beautiful animals on the planet.

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Joaquin Tornel , April 01, 2008; 04:35 P.M.

Theodore, esta foto es fantastica, saludos. Joaquin.

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Len Marriott , April 19, 2008; 03:12 P.M.

Patience !

Theodore, Puts me in mind of the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness". Looks like the only one with more patience than the lion was the photographer. Great return on your investment. Best, LM.

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hans peters , June 05, 2008; 03:03 P.M.

A great photo which leaves so much to imagine. cheers, Hans

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Antoni Tomadakis , July 08, 2008; 10:30 P.M.

Magnificent !

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Shannon Bennett , July 23, 2008; 06:42 P.M.

Wow, that must have been some guide to be able to know that she was there! Your picture is so incredible, I feel like I am there with you...patiently waiting for her to make the move. Feel great about this shot :)

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Lucas Oldhoff , August 08, 2008; 07:14 P.M.

This is an amazing photo Thedore. Stunning actually, I can see why the judges gave you such high merit. Thanks for your comment too, by the way.

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Joseph James , September 06, 2008; 10:57 A.M.


This photograph captures the true essence of a lion and what makes it the top predator in Africa. Truly an amazing capture....7/7.

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Anna Trandeva , September 15, 2008; 06:45 A.M.

Astonishing! I was in Tarangire this August but I didn't have the luck to see a simba in a close proximity. I envy you for that:) Regards. Anna

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Jon Wilbrecht , September 16, 2008; 06:54 P.M.

Very nice capture. It draws you in and gives you the feeling of being there,

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Ankur Thatai , September 27, 2008; 11:19 A.M.


WOW! Wonderful capture, Excitement, Aggression, Power every thing is include in this picture Very Intresting and artistic shot itself... Well Catch friend!

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Greg Thomason , December 14, 2008; 11:02 P.M.

Very unique view of a lion stalking. Well done!

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C. G. , December 18, 2008; 09:10 P.M.

Incredible! Almost looks as though it can't be real She is so well camouflauged it's amazing!


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Cristina Velina Ion , January 04, 2009; 10:05 A.M.

Congratulations for reaching till here.. i think is a great thing, beside this, great work!!! All the best and good luck in everything u do!

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Jeff Lipsman , January 07, 2009; 03:12 A.M.

Amazing shot. She looks like a ghost, just a shade in the dry grass. Well done and congratulations on semi-finaling WPotY.

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ML M , January 17, 2009; 11:13 A.M.

Excellent shot and congratulations... Mike

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Pamela Franklin , January 17, 2009; 11:46 A.M.


The most interesting capture I have seen on pdn. What a moment! Good stuff Teo.

Warm regards, Pamela

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Mark Warrillow-Thomson , January 31, 2009; 08:28 A.M.

FANTASTIC SHOT! Extremely effective as very different. Congratulations on getting such a unique shot. Cheers - Mark

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Laura V , February 11, 2009; 07:59 P.M.

One of the best photos I've ever seen.

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LK Hill , February 21, 2009; 01:08 P.M.

what else can you say but ...WOW...!...

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Hem Tripathi , September 21, 2009; 10:18 P.M.

boy this so cool!

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Jana Vanourkova , September 22, 2009; 06:41 A.M.


I get goosebumps... Just the best image of wildlife in a long time. You have got 10/10 from me. You are welcome to check my love for Africa... cheers Jana

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Mark Vincent Müller , May 20, 2010; 05:14 P.M.

I can feel the heat, smell the grass, hear the nervous calls of zebras and experience the exitement. This IS how wildlife photography should be. Cheers, Mark.

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Bianka Zalman , May 26, 2010; 12:22 P.M.

ghost and the darkness

wow, this is absolutely one of the finest wildlife images, i've ever seen! hat's off and compliments, you can be proud of this. and this image reminds me to a famous movie, i've seen several times, title "ghost and the darkness", maybe you've seen him too, as it fits perfect to your master-image! regards, bianka

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Christopher Moses , June 13, 2010; 03:22 A.M.

Great photo! Taringere is a great park, ive been there many times. This reminds me of when my dad got charged by a lion in long grass at taringere tented lodge! Great place, great photo 7/7


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Debra Trean , June 18, 2010; 01:17 P.M.


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Matthew Brennan , August 14, 2010; 08:30 A.M.

Magnificent image!


It's what's not shown that makes this image so great.

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Mark Keefer , September 02, 2010; 04:15 P.M.

Great image and so appropriately titled. Nice photo journalism.

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Svend Erik Poulsen , September 18, 2010; 05:00 A.M.

Very impressive.

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Yannik Hay , March 04, 2011; 09:23 A.M.

Congratulations on the award! This is just like a ghost. It must have been hard for you to spot him. I wouldn't have seen him I think. Perfect camouflage and perfect capture and light control and definition.


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Iker Iglesias , June 01, 2011; 06:30 A.M.

Great photo Theodore!

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Lukas Hejtman , January 19, 2012; 03:45 P.M.

great shot

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Art X , March 10, 2012; 02:49 A.M.

fantastic image. well capture. original perspective of a wild Lion

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Sharon W , March 12, 2012; 01:45 P.M.




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Christal Steele , March 12, 2012; 10:30 P.M.

I saw this image when you posted it, and I didn't comment I think because I figured it was a digital creation and therefore wasn't all that moved by it.  But having just read the comments on this and realizing this is real.....well.....I'm just dumbfounded!  This is the type of creative photography everyone strives for, and you've delivered big time!  Congratulations!

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