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

Young male Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) - animal in human care.
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Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose July 20, 2019
Superb shot!
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EuroBen July 21, 2019
Thanks, Alfredo! :-)
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Pamelabole July 28, 2019
Wow....amazing capture!!! Those eyes....just gorgeous!! : )
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Thank You, Pamela :-)
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dareco August 12, 2019
Incredible !!!!!!
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keepclicking August 12, 2019
Awesome capture
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RickL August 13, 2019
Exceptional photography
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Thank You, Rick :-)
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Swampy316 August 13, 2019
Stunning shot
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Thanks a lot, Dave :-)
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TheOnlyMrT September 27, 2019
Great shot and super perspective!
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Thank You :-)
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Poodlemom2012 October 06, 2019
Absolutely a gorgeous photo
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Arzhtatiana October 16, 2019
An amazing shot!
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the_cutestlink October 17, 2019
Congratulations 😀
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deannefortnam October 18, 2019
WOW
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gman176 October 25, 2019
Excellent capture!
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Miptog October 25, 2019
Congrats, great shot
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muraleekrishna October 25, 2019
nice one
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kellyyasmine November 02, 2019
Purritty pawsum and adorable
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ElmarBayer Feb 11
fantastic
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Outstanding Photography. With the focus just on the head it gives this shot the wow factor
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Behind The Lens

Location
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.
Time
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.
Lighting
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.
Equipment
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.
Inspiration
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.
Editing
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.
Feedback
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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