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elainegill4 May 04, 2016
Fabulous
 
deanmelbourne January 06, 2017
brilliant capture..
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cristinacovas January 06, 2017
Congratulations! Fabulous!
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Mikecatphoto January 07, 2017
Electrifyingly gorgeous, a sadness in her somehow, emotive and top class
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lawrencehenrybird January 16, 2017
Stunning pic
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vsidles January 25, 2017
Only one word comes to mind...BRILLIANT
 
chipmunk1959 January 26, 2017
Stunning image.
 
canon60d February 12, 2017
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canon60d February 12, 2017
JUST LOVE HOW YOU CAPTURED HER FACE . ITS SHARP FROM NOSE TO THE EYES . WELL DONE!
 
scottpatterson March 05, 2017
Absolutely beautiful
 
6769_8416 March 29, 2017
Breathtaking photo.
 
EMTorres June 25, 2017
In love
 
Hippiechic June 26, 2017
Gorgeous
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georgeclevy August 06, 2017
Fantastic capture. I love safaris. Going to Rwanda/Uganda and returning again to Serengeti this winter.... You really got an expressive cat here. which lens were you using? Tamron?
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Alwolfe October 10, 2017
What a cool capture!
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ShellyRwanda November 24, 2017
Stunning
 
naturegirl26 January 12, 2018
WOW!!!!!!!! It is gorgeous
 
moxphoto February 11, 2018
I had seen before this photo in pinterest, a long time ago.
I always think that it's wonderful
I love it
 
Steve--photography-- February 18, 2018
Amazing shot and fabulous light
 
susanmcfarland March 16, 2018
Perfect photo!
 
AninditaDatta March 27, 2018
Lovely
 
jennygreen_2213 March 31, 2018
Wow - amazing photo!
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Pblais May 04, 2018
A great leopard shot is a joy to behold. The sunlight and the eyes are wonderfull.
 
walpolevirginia August 15, 2018
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After a brief scuffle, this female leopard watched on as a larger male leopard patrolled below her
After a brief scuffle, this female leopard watched on as a larger male leopard patrolled below her
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a private reserve in South Africa, on the northern border of Kruger National park. We were following a male leopard through a dry river bed when we stumbled upon this girl.
Time
We had already been out for a few hours that evening before coming across her. It was getting close to sundown, perhaps around 6:15 in the evening. The sun was low on the horizon and gave a beautiful golden haze across her face.
Lighting
The low sun gave wonderful depth and contrast to the light. It wasn't creating harsh shadows, but because she was in a tree it still was a bit dark. I used a bit of full flash to brighten her up just a touch, without blowing anything out of proportion.
Equipment
I used a canon 1dx, 600mm f/4 ii, 650ex flash, monopod and head. A heavy rig for sure, but a workhorse.
Inspiration
Her face, plane and simple. She had the most beautiful, peaceful and calm expressions. It was more like taking a human portrait than an animal photo, and is what I love most about it. There is soul behind her eyes.
Editing
Very very little. Slight color correction and sharpening. Nothing else. I do not tend to like to over edit my work. I like the scene to be as natural to the actual moment as possible.
In my camera bag
This completely depends on what I am shooting, where, and what I am trying to accomplish. The canon 1dx and a long tele lens are usually the best place to start. They offer tac sharp focus and excellent speed needed for wildlife. I have gotten deeper into medium format photography and now also tend to carry an old Pentax 67 film camera, and a Pentax 645z with a few prime lenses. I tend to always have a flash, monopod and spare batteries. I carry extra film (ilford delta 100) and plenty of memory cards. There is cleaning gear, wipes and cloth. I usually have three cameras set and ready to go at any given time.
Feedback
Have patience, lots of it. Cross train early and often. My work wouldn't look like it does without 10 years doing street photography. Don't expect great results your first time out, and recreating wildlife shots are next to impossible. The important thing is to live what you do, and what you are photographing. Love your subject and try to share that love with the viewer. In the end, as long as you are happy with your photo, that's all that really matters.

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