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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-06 0:58
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Taaa..daaaa another capture from the Johannesburg Rocky mountains ..the local ZOO! Ops...! Ignore that note and please have a look those watery eyes ..what a cat!

The puma has the largest range of any wild land animal in the Americas. Its range spans 110 degrees of latitude, from northern Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes. It is one of only three cat species, along with the bobcat and Canadian lynx, native to Canada. Its wide distribution stems from its adaptability to virtually every habitat type: it is found in all forest types as well as in lowland and mountainous deserts. Studies show that the cougar prefers regions with dense underbrush, but can live with little vegetation in open areas. Its preferred habitats include precipitous canyons, escarpments, rim rocks, and dense brush.
The cougar was extirpated across much of its eastern North American range (with the exception of Florida) in the two centuries after European colonization, and faced grave threats in the remainder of its territory. Currently, it ranges across most western American states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the Canadian Yukon Territory.
from wikipedia

Image taken in RAW, ISO200

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-04-06 1:10]

Hi George,

This is an interesting shot. The eyes of th puma: magic!! Also the lazy pose against the tree are really great.


Hello George Veltchev
Wonderful capture of this big cat.The colors of the eyes and the eye-contact are outstanding features on this pic.Great sharpness and composition.
Thank You
Best regards

Hi George,

Beautiful cat, so powerful yet elegant. Excellent quality photo with great processing to bring out the detial of the cat. there some to be some lovely warm glow of the light that illuminated the puma. The soft green background also bring out the contrast of the great and brown of the cat.

I'm speechless. My complements.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-06 1:57]

Hi George,what a nice pose,it seems very friendly in this pic...ehehe...maybe the puma had understand your work...ehehe..spectacular capture whit the top of quality! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello George,
A very beautiful image. Beautiful like the picture of a beautiful girl on the lid of a chocolate box is beautiful. Unnaturally so. It definitely must have commercial value though. Your technical prowess in PS is above suspicion. The controlled conditions (a zoo) and the foreign environment render it even more unnatural.....similar to my studio, I would think, where I take "chocolate-box" images of beautiful people. Well...sometimes I do when that is what they want.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2012-04-06 4:13]

Hello George,

A majestic puma caught in a comfy and playful pose, a lovely shot. Great exposure and sharpness, lovely details and natural colors.. I like the POV and the composition.. TFS. Happy Easter.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-06 4:57]

Hello George,
It is really a photogenic creature, what a pose and these beautiful yellow eyes. As usual a good composition and perfect sharpness. And for me this doesn't look unnatural.
Happy Easter to you and your family, especially to cute Peter
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-06 5:34]

The lighting is superb and so are the colors. tfs.

hi George,
i find this mood more appealing than the other. the photograph too. look at the gesture!
"it's so easy to focus that black odd thing onto me when am in a zoo, right?! let me be free and then try the same. face to face, man to man!"
ah! what an attitude :)
good composition, my friend.

wow..this shot makes me want to go right up and pet her!! WOW what a capture...you know i can recognize your shots now. So when does the book come out??hum??? :0)

Hello George

WOW ! i am with out words in front of your photo !
look at that glance and expressive eyes of the puma !
and i love the light and bokeh of the background,
and also a great contrast between the background
and the foreground color tones, TFS


Ciao George. Outstanding. Perfect MF! An inpressive pic. No any words.
Happy Easter.


Hi George friend,
Wonderful photo! ... This cat has an overwhelming expression and you have managed to capture everything in the picture! ... That look is worth a thousand words! ... Good work friend George! ....
Regards, TFS

davvero un bel "gattone",George
postura e sguardo da penichella!!!
buona Pasqua a te e Famiglia

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