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Friendly Leopard


Friendly Leopard
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-06 22:07
Viewed: 4942
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my December holiday, I set out for an afternoon drive from Skukuza on a cloudy day. I did not know that I would see 4 leopards on the one drive (a record for myself and all my friends)!

About 20 minutes into the journey, I drove around a bend and saw a leopard in the road. Careful not to scare the majestic animal off, I approached slowly grabbing my camera in excitement. After I had come to a complete stop, the leopard took a keen interest in my car and approached me slowly, looking directly at the camera.

I could not resist firing away and decided to zoom in and get a portrait of the friendly leopard's face staring right at the camera......

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Hallo Sheriff
How lucky can one get? Wow, I am sure you were thrilled, not only to have such a close encounter with this majestic cat but also to be able to photograph it from such a close range. The direct eye contact with the animal is great, the colours in its face is brilliant and really pretty, especially the snout and the tongue. Everything I see is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

Hi Sherriff,
This is just a fabulous portrait of this magnificant cat. I saw it earlier in thumbnail and passed it by thinking it was another zoo picture. Nice dental work! It is the capture of a life-time, you are so lucky!
Have a fabulous South African day!
Denis.

Hello Sheriff!
What can I say...? I'm almost wordless! What a moment! What a beauty! Almost everyone should have forget the camera and would stare fascinated by this magnificent cat! But not you, my friend! So you share with us this gorgeous portrait! Excellent POV and DOF, great eye contact, beautiful, natural colors and well blurred, homogeneous BG!!!
Congratulation,
Csabi

One to be very proud of Sheriff. Pin sharp image with those honey colored eye staring direct at you.
Very well done and I hope to see some more shots of this wonderful sighting. TFS
Greetings
Frans.

Hello Sheriff,
Splendid capture with outstanding focus and excellent details.
Amazing sharpness, clarity and POV.
Congratulation!
Marius.

Wow that's a good one friend Sheriff! In fact very impressive close portrait of this gorgeous young Leopard. Great point of view, stunning eye contact, lovely powerful colors and detail. Bravo, the old 20D still works perfectly! Happy New Year!
Regards,
George Veltchev

Excellent Shot!It looks very Nice!
Congr.
Ahmet Yasin

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-07 11:19]

Hello Sheriff,
That's a long time ago I saw a new photo of you. Welcome back!
An excellent one in great sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. The POV is perfect. You were very lucky to see four leopards on one drive and to get the opportunity to take such a picture. Impressive eye contact. Also a great contrasting green BG.
Have a good weekend,
Peter

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-01-08 15:18]

Exelente imagem uma belissima foto com composição e nitides de exelente qualidade parab~ens.
Nilson

Hallo Sheriff
a fantastic portrait of the Leopard taken from an excellent frontal POV with superb sharpness in a great intense eye contact, very beautiful natural colours, very well done
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Hello Sheriff!
Fine cat, nice pet. Is it Yours? Be careful.
Perfect work. Good contrast and sharpness. Excellent lightness and colours.
Fine background.
Perfect quality.
Well done!

Ciao Sheriff, fantasic portrait of superb creature, beautiful clarity, fine details and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-11 2:53]

Hello Sheriff.
Excellent portrait shot, great sharpness, excellent details and colours. Nice eye contact too. This is a perfect composition with excellent POV.Best regards Siggi

Hi Sheriff
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-12 11:52]

Hello Sheriff,
Most beautiful Leopard portrait from Kruger. You have been very lucky..to have this kind of photogenic animal looking straight in your lens.
Well taken picture with good composition and natural colors.
Kind regards
Anne

Perfect portrait! Best compliments Sheriff!

Roberto

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-19 3:35]

Hi Sherriff.
I have missed your appearance here after very-very long absence. As usual you have shared an amazing pictures and this one is no exception. Lovely animal, perfect framing and superb reflection of state of leopard. Well done and TFS.
Alexei.

Hi Sheriff,
Thats an absolut bonus, four in one.Its a perfect portrait of this leapard with great details and clarity.Nice eye contact captured at that moment.
erwin...

Great photo! It would make a splendid greetings card.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-02-01 16:09]

Hello.
Fine close-up of this beautiful big cat. The colour is very pleasing, the image is razor sharp and the eye contact couldn´t be better.
Greetings.

Hello Sheriff
excellent portrait of this leopard, his face is well focused, you have captured it at the right moment with mouth open showing his impressive teeth, i love the eye contact, the green BG is beautiful
Have a good night
Jacqueline

Guauuuuuuuu!
Excellent portrait
TFS, Ferran

great portrait on the road,Sheriff
sERGIO

Sheriff, this is a beautiful shot of a beautiful cat. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great day, Bill

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