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22 Comments | Report
ToJoPicean
 
ToJoPicean March 05, 2016
Congrats on such an excellent capture
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zquentin March 06, 2016
Thank you ToJoPicean!
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson March 05, 2016
Very cool.
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zquentin March 06, 2016
Thank you edrobson!
matthewgraf
 
matthewgraf July 06, 2016
That's cool! I've seen lots of cat pics, but never one quite like this. Nice job!
weesandr
 
weesandr July 13, 2016
all I can say is WOW .
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zquentin July 13, 2016
Thank you so much weesandr!!
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catherinethompson July 15, 2016
Another stunner.
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gloart July 18, 2016
Congratulations! Such an awesome capture! Beautiful!
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zquentin July 18, 2016
Thank you so much gloart!!
markbell_7623
 
markbell_7623 July 18, 2016
Congratulations, well done.
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zquentin July 18, 2016
Thank you very much markbell_7623!!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 July 19, 2016
WOW! What a capture!!! Congratulations!
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zquentin July 19, 2016
Thank you very much CWphotos5!
libbsguajardo
 
libbsguajardo October 18, 2016
wow great timing!
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zquentin November 20, 2016
Thank you libbsguajardo!
elainemalott PRO+
 
elainemalott March 05, 2017
love this shot :)
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zquentin March 06, 2017
Thank you so much elainemalott!!
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p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
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bastardcollector March 24, 2017
thank you for sharing
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richardsly October 23, 2017
choice.
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zquentin October 23, 2017
Thanks richardsly!
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Pblais December 07, 2017
Great capture right down to the whiskers!
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zquentin December 08, 2017
Thanks Pblais!
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simonparry February 03, 2018
Amazing capture..
ALJ14
 
ALJ14 March 26, 2018
This is absolutely breathtaking!
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zquentin March 26, 2018
Thank you very much ALJ14!!
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 04, 2018
Amazing
keepclicking
 
keepclicking November 21, 2018
Fantastic pic
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zquentin November 21, 2018
Thanks keepclicking!
CJ0306
 
CJ0306 November 24, 2018
Really quite amazing!
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography November 24, 2018
Fantastic!
SGFORDYCE
 
SGFORDYCE Feb 03
Awesome
ruimilita PRO+
 
ruimilita Feb 16
Great moment of photography.Congrats.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in a winter wildlife workshop in Kalispell, MT. The workshops are conducted on privately owned land. The scenery is beautiful and it reflects the natural surroundings of the animals.
Time
The photo was taken in early January when the days are pretty short. The sun came up reasonably late those days so it was around 10:30 am when I took this shot. This is not typical for wildlife photography - especially in the summer - one would have to be out really early to catch the best light: the golden hour. Or just wait until sunset...
Lighting
It wasn't a sunny day so the light was very even under some clouds. This made it easier for post-processing because I didn't have to deal with harsh shadows and highlights.
Equipment
I used my Canon 5D MarkIII with the Canon 100-400 L IS II USM lens. I just rented that lens and I loved its range and sharpness. I liked it so much that I bought it since then. I had the camera set up on my Gitzo tripod and I was using a Jobu Design Gimball head. Flash wouldn't work with wildlife in this case: the amur leopard wasn't close to us and it can moving very quickly. As the picture shows: the leopard can jump up to 12-15 feet on a tree.
Inspiration
My favorite area is wildlife photography and I absolutely love big and small cats! I will take any chance to photograph cats. Sadly, there are so many cat species that are critically endangered. This is true for the amur leopards: there are only 40-80 left in the wild!!! One could spend decades in the wild and never see one... So this workshop was an amazing opportunity to see and photograph one. I am trying to raise awareness about these endangered species through my photography.
Editing
I used Adobe Lightroom to make some basic adjustments: lens profile correction, cropping, straightening the picture. I also adjusted the white point and raised the exposure a tiny bit.
In my camera bag
For wildlife photography trips, I take my Canon 5D III and 7D II. I have the Canon 70-200 2.8 II and the 100-400 II with me all the time. On occasion, when I need more reach, I pack my Tamron 150-600 as well. I take my tripod with the Jobu kimball head. When I go out to shoot landscape, I have the same camera bodies but I take my Canon 24-70 2.8 and I really like the ultra wide angle 11-24 lens as well. Both of these are awesome lenses.
Feedback
Leopards move quickly when they get going! Wildlife does in general, of course... Take lots of shots on high burst mode - and delete most of them - keep the best of the best. Look for the moments! Split seconds make all the difference. The tripod with the kimball head was extremely helpful for this shot. This setup gave me stability and maneuverability: while the leopard is walking on the snow the better layout is landscape, however, for the jump, I had to switch to portrait orientation quickly. I would have missed the shot if I were hand-holding and maybe having some camera strap to fight with. Not being able to switch to portrait orientation would have meant taking a partial shot of the leopard or a leopard with no tail. I had an opportunity to attend a workshop but not everybody can do that. I go to the local zoos to shoot a lot as well. There are great opportunities there too take pictures of rare, beautiful animals that couldn't be seen in the wild.

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