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A male leopard in a tree in the Okavango Delta,Botswana,Africa

A male leopard in a tree in the Okavango Delta,Botswana,Africa
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avinashsrivastav PRO
 
avinashsrivastav April 21, 2016
Awesome capture. I love the composition, clarity & details. Congratulations
kathyvid PRO+
 
kathyvid April 21, 2016
The detail and focus on the eyes is grand, as is the wonderful detail on the snout. Golden light makes this image spark my imagination. Congratulations!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole April 21, 2016
Wow....this is amazing!!!! Wonderful detail, clarity, focus and golden light! And congrats on your well deserved award!!!! : )
jozi1 PRO+
jozi1 April 21, 2016
Thanks :)
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mytmoss June 27, 2016
Of course this is a finalist ! Congrats, glad to have you with me :)
Mikeirelandphotography
 
Mikeirelandphotography June 27, 2016
Beautiful shot
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 27, 2016
Gorgeous capture! Congrats.
harrielise
 
harrielise June 28, 2016
Fantastic capture!
Bblahna
 
Bblahna June 28, 2016
Beautiful!
Roussou
 
Roussou July 01, 2016
Excellent capture, congrats on being a finalist.
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose September 02, 2016
Beautiful !
zannybc
 
zannybc September 24, 2016
Beautiful shot
GeraintRowlandPhotography
 
GeraintRowlandPhotography September 24, 2016
Beauty
digger12 PRO
 
digger12 February 02, 2017
This photo is amazing
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett February 13, 2017
Fabulous
angietynan
 
angietynan February 17, 2017
Stunning shot !!!
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Hood September 17, 2017
Beautiful....
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ulpu December 02, 2017
Beautiful shot, WOW.
Doncila
 
Doncila May 26, 2018
Super!!!!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone July 18, 2018
Great shot!
ryanhernandez
 
ryanhernandez Sep 02
Love it
jozi1 PRO+
jozi1 Sep 03
Thanks,Ryan :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.It was one of the first sightings of the visit.I am a self taught photographer and this differential light was challenging to get a good photo.
Time
This was taken in the late afternoon golden light and this was a young male leopard in a tree ,but he was comfortable and not bothered by us in the landrover below him.Eventually he came down and moved to another tree further away from us
Lighting
This was late afternoon golden light but the lighting was intriguing because of the differential light created by the leaves and branches in the tree
Equipment
This was taken with a canon 7d and a canon 500mm lens.I also take my wildlife photos hand held and never use a monopod or a tripod as i can make very quick changes .I did not use a flash here but sometimes a flash with all the shadows is valuable in this type of lighting.
Inspiration
We were on a game drive looking for big cats and birds and our ranger somehow spotted this leopard in the tree while we were all lokking forward and to the sides!!
Editing
I did minimal post processing as i do with most of my photos and that included some mild cropping,a little increased saturation and mild sharpening
In my camera bag
My typical camera bag on an African safari which i do once a year now includes everything I have dreamed about including a Canon 1 DX that i use with a canon 200-400 mm lens,a canon 7d mk II which i use with a canon 500mm lens and usually a 1.4 x extender for birds ,a canon 5d mk III and a 24 -135 mm lens or a wide angle lens
Feedback
The most important advice for wildlife is to check your settings before you start the morning game drive so you are not on the settings from the previous night drive,always have an extra camera body,and it is always about the light!!

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