Piva a dominant male leopard of the Sabi Sands game reserve mostly seen at Londolozi,South Africa.

Piva a dominant male leopard of the Sabi Sands game reserve mostly seen at Londolozi,South Africa.
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IMIKEMEDIA August 15, 2017
AdirahsEyes December 24, 2017
Wow Jozi! Love the mid-step and the eyes straight on. Clarity is awesome.
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agnieszkamaruszak May 28, 2018
Amazing shot!
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Arzhtatiana May 30, 2018
A great shot!
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RickL April 05, 2019
Excellent composition and photography
greggywarez March 29, 2020
right now i would have been RUNNING...lol. Great Shot.
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Trudie June 10, 2020
That stride, those eyes! Spot on! ...;)
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jozi1 June 10, 2020
Thanks,Trudie :)

Behind The Lens

This was taken while on Safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve at Londolozi,South Africa. Piva is a male leopard who was walking along the sand road towards our vehicle
This was taken during the early morning game drive on a cloudy morning and was fortunate to be ahead of the leopard and be in a postion to photograph him face on
This was a cloudy morning which helped create the soft light for this photo .
This was taken from the landrover and leaning a little outside to get as close to possible to be eye level with the leopard using a canon 5d Mk III camera and a canon 500mm lens f/4.0 hand held no flash f/4.0 1/500s iso 125
I love leopards and this one was in the rare circumstance having the leopard walk towards us and able to almost eye level with the animal !
Always do some post processing .in this case used photoshop elements and cropped it a little and added some sharpening
In my camera bag
This depends on where I am photographing. For this photo and currently when i go on safari i take 3 camera bodies -canon 7d Mk ii canon 500mm lens and usually with a 1.4 x extender for birds,canon 1dx Mk II with a canon 200-400mm lens for animals and canon 1dx with a 70-200mm lens for landscapes and animals when they are very close and do not get delayed by having to change lenses on the landrover.
The best advice is always to check settings when you start out on themorning drive as mostly likely your settings are on the previous days last drive which was a night drive and then takes as many photos as you can as you can always just delete them and be out there

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