Photographer Atif Saeed took this photo of a lion moments before it leapt at him.
A Kodak moment if I've ever seen one. (Atif Saeed via Facebook)
There's dedication to your job, and then there's getting face-to-face with a wild lion. The difference between the two is the difference between most photographers and the brave/insane Atif Saeed.
Saeed was taking wildlife photos in a safari park near Lahore in his native Pakistan. He got out of his jeep to snap some pics of this majestic lion, but the big cat heard his camera lens whirring and approached him. The lion came with ten feet of Saeed before leaping at him. The terrified photographer barely had time to get safely back into his jeep. He told the Daily Mail:
“I was sitting in front of him just near my car and the door of my car was open. I was sat on ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey… I was laughing at that time, but now when I think back about the incident I don't think I would be able to do it again. It was a pretty close encounter.“
Now that he has this amazing and terrifying picture, there really is no reason to do it again. If he decided to risk it, his next photo might be of the inside of a lion's belly. He'd better bring a flash.