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Chill leopard


Posted by John Spreitzer on Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:11 pm

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Serengeti NP, Seronera area, Tanzania

From last September.
 
Taken from a fair distance away, was glad to have the reach, leopard not bothered by us at all.  
  
Nikon D500 with Tamron 150-600 G2 at 600mm handheld on padded vehicle railing (VC on)
1/500 sec, F7.1, ISO 360 (Auto), Exposure comp +2,  Image cropped about 20%

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by Carol Clarke on Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:20 am
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Classic leopard behaviour as it stretches out on its lofty perch, while still keeping all senses alert and the humans under surveillance! Nicely composed with the curving acacia tree and catching the gaze of this beautiful cat. I might be tempted to try a touch lighter to counteract the backlit view, but a very nice image, John!

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by david fletcher on Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:11 pm
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Wonderful sighting John. lovely composition and a delight to view large.
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by Steve Kaluski on Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:56 am
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I like this a lot John, nicely framed and I like the fact you have the horizon in view so you have this 'layer' effect adding depth. I do however feel the image is under exposed as as carol pointed out, a slight 'lift' would benefit the image so you bring things out of the shadows.Being backlit I think the metering was slightly fooled, hence why, viewing the Histogram is so important. May be a slight touch of saturation too?

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by John Spreitzer on Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:54 am
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Thanks for the comments & suggestions all!
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:41 am
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I like that pose, makes you wonder what's on the leopard's mind.
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