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A Fallen Leopard

A Fallen 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: 2009-12-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-07-20 5:31
Viewed: 3215
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One late summer afternoon on our way back to Lower Sabie camp in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, we stopped to look at a small pan on a dirt road. The previous day we had seen some lions near the pan and were hoping that they had returned the next day. Whilst we started to move, we spotted some movement in a dry tree right next to the road and it was a leopard! I took 4 frames in total before the leopard leaped onto the dead branch on the right of the frame and to our amazement the branch broke, sending the leopard into freefall and once on the ground, the branch shattered onto pieces and the leopard scurried off into the bush seemingly uninjured. The most unusual sighting of a leopard I have had to date......

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Hallo Sheriff
How good it is to see a posting with your name on it in the gallery. Thanks for sharing this super image of the leopard in the tree. This image is really very good, because even from a distance one can see the beautiful colour of the leopard's eyes. This is an impressive, strong photo! Awesome details and sharpess, exact exposure and beautifully saturated colours. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-20 6:16]

Hi Sheriff,
What a surprise to see a new posting of you. Welcome back!
Fascinating photo of this Leopard in fantastic sharpness, details and splendid clarity. Light and colours are gorgeous. Great composition.

Hello Sheriff,
Beautiful picture you have captured from Lower Sabi.I like KNP too and visited.
Very good POV with nice colour.I like its majestic pose.Well done.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Dear Sheriff,
At the right time in the right placel! I won't say "lucky", because obviously Gerry Player's famous quote applies to you " the more you practice, the luckier you become..."

This is a stunning action shot, and I add it to my theme" animals' behavior".

From the point of view technique,yours is impeccable and the natural colours a plus.

Thanks for sharing
Warm greetings

Hello Sheriff,
An excellent capture,impressive composition,nice clarity and colours.
Best regards,

beautiful creature, great composition and light, TFS Ori

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2013-07-20 14:45]

Beautiful and very alert feline.
The composition works very well.
Amazing scenario and pleasing light.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-20 16:15]

Hi Sheriff,simply fantastic!! What a capture of the leopard on the dead tree,there is a special light inside and the quality is really the best available,very professional work and a great pleasure for my eyes,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-21 0:12]

Hello Sheriff.
Great shot, that's a super moment in that beautiful composition. Sharp, great exposure and textures. Well done.
Regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-07-21 5:11]

Hello Sheriff,
Nice to see one of your pictures again and even more to have been neighbour of your spectacular shot. I know it is quite difficult to spot a leopard and even more to have the opportunity to take some shots. Interesting story too going with this natural shot.

Hi Sheriff,
Good to see you back with a fabulous new post. Excellent composition of the leopard and the branches, everything's on the rightest place from the viewer's point of view. Great sharpness, perfect use of lights also, and a breathtaking photo overall. Bravo! I also welcome you very warmly on the site because nowadays there aren't too many members who are able to write a decent note from their mind, not just copying an article from wikipedia or another website. Welcome to the board again!
Best regards, László

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-23 2:18]

Hi Sheriff,
wow what a wonderful capture of this amazing leopard,
excellent composition, interesting lighting, beautiful blue BG !
Best regards !

Hallo Sheriff,
Nice to have you back my friend. Truly an amazing scene! The Leopard perfectly captured before the lunge in beautiful clarity and absolute natural colours. The placing of your object in the frame is perfect. Well done my friend.
Best regards,
Thanks for the encouraging comments on my postings.

Ciao Sheriff. Great POV an Amazing playing od warm light. Just beautiful compo.


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  • terri (0)
  • [2013-08-07 1:39]

An amazing pic and awesome sighting.
Lighting is superb and focus sharp. Really great. Keep up the great work. You are a fantastic photographer.

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