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Alfredo_Jose Jul 20
Superb shot!
EuroBen Jul 21
Thanks, Alfredo! :-)
Pamelabole Jul 28
Wow....amazing capture!!! Those eyes....just gorgeous!! : )
EuroBen Aug 12
Thank You, Pamela :-)
dareco Aug 12
Incredible !!!!!!
EuroBen Aug 12
Thank You :-)
keepclicking Aug 12
Awesome capture
EuroBen Aug 12
Thank You :-)
RickL Aug 13
Exceptional photography
EuroBen Aug 15
Thank You, Rick :-)
Swampy316 Aug 13
Stunning shot
EuroBen Aug 15
Thanks a lot, Dave :-)

Eyes to Eyes

Young male Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) - animal in human care.
Young male Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) - animal in human care.
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Behind The Lens

I created this photo during private photo event with my good friends photographers in the Czech Republic. We took advantage of a unique opportunity to take a pictures of a tame young male Lynx, which moves free in the forest. The scene was carefully selected to faithfully match the natural biotope of the lynx in its natural habitat. Although it was the young animal in human care, this action was not without risk. The lynx moved about 3-5 meters from us. It was an unusual experience to be in the presence of this majestic animal.
It was October, early in the morning, about 8 o'clock in the morning, it was very damp and the morning mist covered the forest.
The morning fog in the forest gave the our scene the ideal diffuse light. Therefore on the fur are no highlights and there are no significant shadows on the lynx and trees.
I worked with my favourite very fast digital camera Nikon D5 and with my fast lens Nikkor 200 f/2,0. The lynx was still moving in the forest, i worked without a tripod.
I love nature and especially wild animals. But I'm very busy at work, now I can not take part in a time-consuming wilderness expedition. And I think that collective photographic expedition directly into the habitat of the endangered big cats is not correct. That's why I took advantage of the unique possibility of assisted or arranged photographing of a tame wild animal in human care, that does not shake the human presence and creates only small risk for the photographer.
I love natural photos. Shots without big adjustments. I try to capture all my photos so I do not have to use the post-processing. I know it is very modern and trendy today, but I do not work with PS or LR or other sophisticated post-processing software. I invoke my NEF only in Nikon View and Nikon Capture and make only minor edits. Maybe my photos could be even more attractive, but I want to show real reality.
In my camera bag
The contents of my robust Tamrac bag is primarily a powerful digital camera that I can rely on in every weather. Now I'm normally using the body Nikon D5 and the backup body Nikon D850. I normally wear Nikkor lenses 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8. These "workers" have always been with me. On the "macro" action I take the excellent old micro lens Nikkor 200 f/4 or micro lens 105 f/2,8. For animals and birds photography I need to pack "heavier weight" - I'm using the lens Nikkor 400 f/2.8 and now also a new lens Nikkor 200 f/2 lens. The last two months I test the new mirrorless Nikon Z7 with my fast lenses.
When it comes to photographing the endangered animal species, I recommend the form of "assisted (arranged) photography". It's about photographing a species of wild animal that is in human care. The animal is tame, working well with it, and it is especially safe for humans. Most importantly, the photographer does not disturb wild animals in their natural biotope. Today there is a trend commercial group photographic expeditions to exotic countries. From the yield is funded the rescue of endangered animal species. But too frequent visits of groups of people in animal biotopes are very disturbing and stressful for endangered animals and their food chain. These expeditions can become very destructive for small animal populations and, instead of rescuing animals, can speed their extinction. We all photographers have to think, whether our money really helps those animals.

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