Laurie_Madsen January 30, 2015
I LOVE THE DOF on this! The body spots blurred makes the face and eyes just POP! Sharp where it needs to be and softened just the right amount elsewhere! AWESOME!
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RDVPhotography January 31, 2015
Thanks, I had the focus point right on the eyes
 
JoanLoBo February 01, 2015
Super sharp...you can see his intensity to guard that kill in his eyes. wow
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RDVPhotography February 15, 2015
Found this comment from you Joan and thought I had left a reply. I went to my inbox and see I did but now wondering why some replys appear below a commemnt and some do not?? Anyway think she was giving us the eye to make sure we did not take any of her meal :)
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RichardReames September 03, 2015
Wonderful shot! Congratulations!!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
Thank you much Richard, enjoying your work also
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GigiJim08 September 04, 2015
Great lighting. Congratulations on your finalist award!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
Hi Gigi, thanks for the visit and comments.
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Teri_Reames November 08, 2015
Congratulations ~ that makes you, my husband and myself all finalist in Exotic Wildlife Photo Contest. Good luck my friend. May the best woman win. hahahahahaha!!!!!!! :) No honestly, good luck!!!!!!
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RDVPhotography November 18, 2015
: D LOL!
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GigiJim08 May 14, 2016
voted animal Kingdom!
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RDVPhotography May 17, 2016
Thanks, thrid time is supposed to be charm and appreciate your help.
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GigiJim08 June 16, 2016
Congratulations on your award Ron!
 
Nikonover July 27, 2016
Superb shot,great clarity and excellent eye contact.
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RDVPhotography July 27, 2016
Thanks Mal, appreciate the comment
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carolcardillo July 29, 2016
Sharp. Congrats on your Awards!
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RDVPhotography August 07, 2016
Thanks again Carol appreciate all the likes, awards & comments. It is because of people like you that like my work that I have made the finals of contests

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Dining Leopard



We came across this Leopard eating a kill made earlier in the day which it had stored up in a tree to keep other carnivore's from eating.

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Won Contest Finalist in The Animal Eye Photo ContestDecember, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Animal Kingdom Photo Contest Vol 1May, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Exotic Wildlife Photo ContestNovember, 2015
Won Contest Finalist in 300 Furry Friends Photo ContestSeptember, 2015

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Cheetah Plains Safari Camp in South Africa near Kruger National Park.
Time
It was mid day and our guide got a tip from another guide that a mother leopard and her nine month old male cub returned to a kill which she had placed in a tree.
Lighting
All natural lighting and nice that is was mid day as most times we were out on game drives it was early morning or late afternoon.
Equipment
I used a Canon 50D with 300mm f/4 IS lens handheld but supported by a bean bag on the door of the vehicle. I was able to do this by hand as I had pushed the ISO up to 640 and used 1/200 sec, which is a little slow. Most photographers will use a shutter speed that is at least equal to the focal length of the telephoto lens being used. In my case that would have been 1/300 of a second. But with the support and IS capability of the lens I was able to shoot at a slightly slower speed and not have to increase ISO higher, which can result in digital noise.
Inspiration
We watched this mother leopard and cub for over 20 minutes and I must have taken 50-100 shots. This was a keeper because of the focus on her eyes. I was after that stare and a look directly into the lens for this shot and finally got it. I have several other images of them climbing the tree. I also took some video with my 5D-MkII and it is on my YouTube Channel Titled: Cheetah Plains Safari Camp South Africa-Part 1 here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LAvX9US5bI
Editing
I use Lightroom for processing all of my RAW files. I start with Lens correction then crop the image as desired and straighten if needed. After that I am working in the Basics section adjusting White Balance if needed then adjusting Highlights, Shadows, Whites & Blacks. Then I go to the Tone Curve and colors for any fine adjustments there. My final step is if there is any sky in a photo where look for spots from the camera sensor. Finally I do noise reduction as needed and sharpen the image for its purpose, either print or web.
In my camera bag
On this trip carried one bag due to weight and space limit. In it I had both a wide angle telephoto and prime telephoto lens and had the wide angle mounted on my 5D-MkII and the prime telephoto on my 50D. Also had a tripod and various filters such as CP, Grad ND and ND along with extra batteries, chargers and about a dozen CF Cards.
Feedback
We were lucky in retrospect as we were able to get very close to the subject, about 20-30 feet away. At times I switched from the 50D with 300mm lens to the 5D with 24-105 lens just to keep from over filling the frame. This was my first trip to Africa and I think what I took worked well in most situations. Be patient, take lots of shots and listen to your guide above all else.

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