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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-12
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 5:11
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
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I have seen and photographed many leopards in the wild - the "old TN" members might remember me waxing lyrical about this spotted feline, but this post is one that has been eluding me for 20 years! Finally, in December 2007, this male presented the opportunity. Lower Kruger NP, spend about an hour looking and shooting.
Nikon D300 + 200-400 F4 VR-S

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Messrs Handsome and Beauty Queenswinterpalace 1 12-14 07:35
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Hello Callie,
Approximately two months before this shot, I was driving throughout Kruger often scanning the trees to spot this animal...
It didn't happen.At least not in a tree where you should expect it during daytime; it has to said I had an unforgettable close encounter with a leopard and two cubs once...
After your wonderful lion shot yesterday another great moment...
Well done

Stunning capture. Very well composed and good detail.TFS.

Hi Callie,
He or she is looking straight at you! This must have been such an impressive moment to live... I like this superb pose, details, exposure and composition. Even if we don't know each other I think, I'm very glad to see your wonderful posts! Thanks,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-22 5:55]

amazing picture of leopard, nice composition, great sharp and detail and fantastic pose of the animal

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-22 6:04]

Hi Callie,
What a beauty... Your photo is very good. I liked the composition and the pose you captured a lot. TFS
Best wishes,


Beautiful shot,
I am glad you got the shot and what a fantastic shot it is,
Great job,


Hi Callie,
What a good scene!
I like a lot this resting moment of such an imposing animal.
It's so good to see it so placidly in its natural habitat.
Very impressive the eye contact, and so good also the composition made all just along he diagonal.
I found this so inspiring story, patiente pays!
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi old friend.
it's great to see you, it was a long time ago,
I hope everything is well.
This is a very fine picture of a beautiful cat, the pose are
lovely. Fine details and nice colours.
Beautiful work, Callie.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-22 6:59]

Hello Callie , AH Sweet one ,marvelous to see this capture from this Leopard ,good details colours and compositie , lovely one ,I like it , Have a nice day ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-22 8:21]

Hi Callie,

What an amazing and beautiful shot! The closest thing I saw to this was Cheetah in a tree eating his prey. This leopard is gorgeous and the position is priceless with his head on his arms and the legs stradling the tree. And the eyes!!!! Superb sharp details and marvelous colors. This makes me want to make another trip to Kruger.


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-02-22 8:27]

Beautiful I am at a lose to describe how wonderfull this photo is.....

Well seen and well captured

TFS scott

Hi Callie,
Such a beauty!!And shot even more beautifully..Excellent work!!!
TFS & rgds,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-22 9:34]

Hi Callie,
Love the expression,beautiful image of this incredibly beautiful Leopard.Really one to wax lyrically about.

amazing leopard, TFS Ori

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-22 18:51]

He said "See, my friend Callie, I've been waiting for you to come by and snap my photo for 20 years!!"
It reminds me of my cat, so relaxed and at ease with us, just like this leopard looks relaxed and trusting of you Callie.
I love his expression and the legs dropping down on either side of the trunk

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-23 1:03]

Hi Callie

Yes, the "old" TN members told us about your photos and talent and always encouraged us to have a look at your gallery and get some inspiration.

This is an exceptional shot, one that i can understand why you craved for so much. From what i've read, these cats are very vigilant and camera shy, and despite that, to be able to capture such a terrific close-up is i'm sure a huge joy.
The details here are outstanding and the colors that you managed to get are also superb! The pose of the leopard is worth a million, too, but what i personally love the most here is that piercing look in it eyes.
Simply fantastic!



An awesome sight indeed!

I have also just posted a Leopard in a tree that I got near Skukuza. Have a look and let me know what you think.

The Composition, BG, Sharpness, detail, POV and subject are all just awesome! Nothing better than spending an hour with one of these!


Hi Callie

''busy resting''
a stunning image of this bautiful animal.



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