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53 Comments | Report
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 February 05, 2016
Wonderful capture and striking animal portrait! Congratulations on being a finalist!
robgrist
 
robgrist February 06, 2016
Great moment !!
acunha
 
acunha February 06, 2016
Impressive!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 10, 2016
Awesome job! Congrats.
tboviajevirtual
 
tboviajevirtual February 11, 2016
Fantastic Shot.!!
alexandrudinulescu
 
alexandrudinulescu February 20, 2016
Masterpiece !! Congrats !
Abraham_s
 
Abraham_s February 23, 2016
amazing black & white!
hirarajput
 
hirarajput February 26, 2016
outstanding
ingeseverinsen PRO
 
ingeseverinsen March 04, 2016
Marvelous capture and PP
fernridge
 
fernridge March 07, 2016
this is simply stunning!
paigephotography
 
paigephotography March 08, 2016
Beautifully shot. The black and white is very gorgeous.
krobertsphoto PRO+
 
krobertsphoto March 08, 2016
Phenomenal black and white!
shreya370
 
shreya370 March 24, 2016
Majestic!!
krystalR4369
 
krystalR4369 May 02, 2016
This is amazing! Where do you go to take pictures like this? Obviously, you could never get close enough to a leopard like this at the zoo. I love animals and photographing them, but I don't know where to go to get close to exotic animals.
dompinson PRO+
 
dompinson May 08, 2016
Wow, great shot, one of the best black and white I've seen.Thanks
Woody61
 
Woody61 July 28, 2016
Wow
Witold Premium
 
Witold July 30, 2016
Just perfect in any sense.
deeporter PRO+
 
deeporter August 03, 2016
What a spectacular shot. Absolutely wonderful
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose September 19, 2016
Beautiful !
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 02, 2016
Brilliant capture. Such clarity.
Eliza_Qui
 
Eliza_Qui December 02, 2016
Amazing photo!
vitor PRO+
 
vitor January 22, 2017
Marvelous image!
Steve_PFB PRO+
 
Steve_PFB March 02, 2017
Stunning shot
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
carollwatts PRO
 
carollwatts April 12, 2017
Magnificent! Excellent work ~
Mojicreator
 
Mojicreator May 23, 2017
Brilliant Capture!.. Beautifully done, and excellent composition! An overall A+
Tommy_Ice15
 
Tommy_Ice15 June 26, 2017
Amazing shot
mtdoc
 
mtdoc July 01, 2017
Beautiful rich contrast , gorgeous
livioferrari PRO+
 
livioferrari July 29, 2017
Congratulations!
wallpictures PRO+
 
wallpictures July 30, 2017
Bravo !!!!
simonparry PRO+
 
simonparry July 30, 2017
Stunning capture..
Dreamstar
 
Dreamstar July 30, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Dreamstar
 
Dreamstar July 30, 2017
Very Great Shot Beautiful in Black & White
jennypotterphotography PRO
 
jennypotterphotography August 01, 2017
Incredible image great photography best wishes Jenny Potter
TcCamera PRO
 
TcCamera August 07, 2017
Stunning! Great shot
brittabia PRO+
 
brittabia August 12, 2017
Fabulous shot! :)
angelathomson_6201
 
angelathomson_6201 November 25, 2017
Love this
andreaeptonward PRO
 
andreaeptonward March 07, 2018
Amazing x
AmericanBeauty1a
 
AmericanBeauty1a March 09, 2018
Glorious.
Ingramfoto
 
Ingramfoto March 18, 2018
Beautiful.
Shawnrmiller
 
Shawnrmiller April 06, 2018
Great capture and editing work!
terrystormon
 
terrystormon September 02, 2018
Brilliant
nancyawall PRO
 
nancyawall January 24, 2019
Wow
DesertEagle63 PRO
 
DesertEagle63 May 02, 2019
Wow, Outstanding shot!
margitulstrup PRO+
 
margitulstrup May 08, 2019
Wooow Awesome shot
Artmann PRO+
 
Artmann June 25, 2019
Very Nice! I am adding this one to my Favorites list for my challenge.
rhodeo_l
 
rhodeo_l July 30, 2019
Stunning!
Beautiful-Breeze PRO+
 
Beautiful-Breeze August 01, 2019
Fabulous
Free-Spirit PRO
 
Free-Spirit August 01, 2019
Congratulations!! Stunning shot!!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL August 05, 2019
Exceptional photography
Mumsley PRO
 
Mumsley August 07, 2019
This is amazing!
brandonrealismlacrosse
 
brandonrealismlacrosse October 13, 2019
Great shot! Love it
Happy_Hippy
 
Happy_Hippy October 24, 2019
beautiful shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany.
Time
The picture was taken at about 4:30 pm on on July 2nd, 2010. The leopard was walking in circles in his cage. I had to wait quite some time to finally get him while he was walking towards me.There were only a few seconds per round to get the leopard at this angle. Shooting through the fence didn't make it easier, as I had to look at the leopard coming towards me and check that I didn't have a bar of the fence in front of me which would throw off the autofocus and blur the picture.
Lighting
I had an annual ticket for the zoo, so I could just go there for shorter time periods without feeling to loose money. So I tried avoiding midday with its harsh light.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D700 with a 70-200/2.8 VR, no tripod.
Inspiration
I just loved that expression and the elegant moves of the leopard.
Editing
This is one of my pictures with a stronger post processing. As I shot through a rather narrow fence, some bars were visible in the picture as lighter stripes. I used a layer in photoshop where I masked roughly the bars and changed the contrast (via the curves tool) to get those areas more in line with the rest of the picture. Then I darkened the corners to let the leopard pop out (and to hide the fences in the background. As I uploaded this picture for a black & white contest, I later did some conversion to black & white and increased the contrast to emphasize the fur pattern. The different versions can be seen here: https://www.viewbug.com/photo/69669626
In my camera bag
As my Nikon FX equipment got too heavy for my likes (I'm a lens addict), I switch some years ago to the m43 system. Nowadays, I use an Olympus E-M1. When I go to the zoo, my main lens is an Olympus 50-200mm/2.8-35 lens with a TC14 when needed. For smaller critters, I use an Olympus 60mm/2.8 Macro lens. I also have the 8mm/1.7 fisheye, the 12-40mm/2.7, the 20mm/1.7 and the 45mm/1.8 lens. As most of the lenses are rather light, it is easy to pack them into the bag, just in case ...;)
Feedback
When taking pictures in the zoo it is best to get an annual ticket and then just go for a few hours just in the morning when the zoo opens and in the evening. You get better light and less visitors (and often more active animals). Take your time. My best zoo shots often taken after I had to wait quite some time, sometimes to understand the daily routine of the animals, sometime just because the animals starting to move after some recreation time. I typically have my camera set to continous shooting, so whenever something unexpected happens, I'm ready to take a series of shots.

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