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Lazy Day

Lazy Day
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 23:17
Viewed: 5808
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A shot taken recently at the St. Louis Zoo. An unseasonably warm but windy day for the 1st of April. This beautiful cat was laying in some filtered shade/sunlight just enjoying the day. I would have preferred to get down to eye level with him, but that was not an option. This was the best shooting angle I could get.


Range: Mexico, Central and South America
Habitat: Tropical forests, swamps, grasslands, deserts
Conservation Status: Near threatened
Scientific Name: Panthera onca

The jaguar is the largest cat found in the Americas. It lives in a variety of habitats, from tropical forests and swamps to grasslands. Unlike the more agile leopard, the jaguar does not climb well, so most of its hunting is done at ground level. Prey species include peccaries, tapirs, monkeys, capybaras, crocodiles, and fish.

The number of jaguars in the wild has declined because of habitat loss and hunting for its magnificent spotted coat.

Source : St. Louis Zoo Website

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awesome shot!
the details are very sharp yet i can tell the softness of the fur. that's not easy to do.
the lighting is really nice and it's nice to see some in shadow and some exposed to sunlight, shows the nice colors of the jaguar! composition is good too!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-11 0:30]

Hi Scott,
Excellent shot of the 'calm and quiet' Jaguar. Perfect light and shadow effect and soft natural colours. Immaculate sharpness you have managed to capture. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi dear Scott ,
what a nice shot.
excellent details with amazing colors.
it is wonderful image with great sharpness.
well captured
thanks for sharing

Hello scott !
I love all these big "cats", they are so gorgeous ! This one makes no exception. I love his pose and his peaceful expression, he looks so calm and relaxed. Excellent details and wonderful composition. Very well done !

Hello Scott, nice portrait of this big cat.
Wonderfull use of the present light that gives a nice DOF.

Hello Scott,
Good portrait with excellent dedtails!
The fine animal looks like very relaxed indeed, and the varied light adds extra life...
Well framed with fine colours!
Pablo -

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-11 2:25]

Hello Scott,

Exactly or you have a good communication with this Jaguar, he take a lovely pose for you, what a beautiful animal, his eyes look to the camera, sharpness and clarity are superb!

Best regards,

Great composition of this magnificient creature Scott. I played a bit with WS.TFS

Nice image of this beautiful Jaguar. I can't help feeling that a slightly lower viewpoint at eye level would have looked better if it were possible.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-11 4:49]

Hi Scott

Wonderful shot of the Jaguar, nicely composed and I love the relaxed pose of the Cat as looks so content, the detail is superb and the colours are nice and natural with great light too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-11 6:38]

Life looks boring for this fellow. What's there to do all day long, except sit and sleep. No hunting as the food is brought to him.
Super capture Scott, you have shown him well, TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-11 8:06]

Hello Scott,
Fantastic portrait of a beautiful cat, sharp focus and great use of available light, thanks for sharing Scott.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-11 8:21]

Hi Scott.
Simply great shot. Clearness of the colours, details and sharpness of the image are fantastic. I also like perfect choice of pictured scene, cropping and composition of the picture. DOF is the best I suppose. Lights and shadows are very expressive. At whole quality of the shot is really outstanding. Bravo. Superb work. TFS and best wishes.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-11 9:08]

Hi Scott,
A big cat in deep thought. I like how you managed the highlights and shadows with optimal exposure. Excellent job with the sharpness considering you were handholding.
Best wishes,

Hi Scott,
Pretty good capture of this Jaguar!
I like so much the pose catched, is very good the way legs are.
This animals rest almost all day, so this is a very representative expression of them.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Scott.

Very pure and sharp shot. Excellent compositon. Very nice. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hiya Scott, :)

I would say you had an excellent POV, amazing sharpness and colour on this fellow! I absolutely love that he is positioned on this rock, really a neat pose he was striking there! Awesome as always! Thanks so much for sharing.

Oh, I meant to tell you that myself and the family are going to get a private tour of Caribbean Gardens in Naples sometime in May! Hubby is friends with the owners son, and he is coming down. I'm looking so forward to it :D


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-12 9:56]

Wow a very majestic shot of this beautiful Jaguar, I think the angle is fine it shows him in all his glory, lovely pose and he is very relaxed. The shade gives a great depth of colours and shadows. Lovley composition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-14 16:12]

Excellent work here again Scott, a very striking shot. Very subtle lighting, we can almost 'feel' the fur. Nice pose too, well done. Thanks,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-15 8:16]

hello scott
i think every days are lazy days while they are in zoo. i like its pose, composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-15 15:04]

Hello Scott

Wow what a beautiful Jaguar.The focus is razor sharp with excellent detail.I like his pensive expression.Very well composed with a lovely setting.TFS


Hi Scott,
this cat is marvelous, like velvet.
I also like the pose and the good sharpness.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

What a lovely capture of this truly majestic cat, Scott!
The perspective could not have been better, IMO.
I love the way you have brought out the subtle shades of colors on its rich and healthy coat (is that the right term?).
Thanks a lot for sharing this masterpiece of an image.
Best regards.

Hi Scott,
Great sharpness and very neat image. Lovely natural colors. Superb shot.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-17 8:35]

Hi Scott,
beautiful cat you captured here, it really seems to enjoy a lazy afternoon. POV, crop and composition are very nice. Lovely details and good sharpness.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-04-18 0:29]

Hi Scott!
Beautiful animal! Excellent shot, presenting nice textures and colours! The lights are very nice!

I'd say that lens lived up to its reputation. This is really sharp! I do like Lenka"s workshop. It takes the attention away from the bright rock and bright grass and puts it on the Jaguar. Thanks for sharing another great shot.

Evelynn : )

The moment you've captured here is very interesting! I like it.
Best wishes,

Hi Scott,
The pose of this jaguar is fantastic! He looks like he wanted his picture taken. I think you did pretty good with the filtered light. I also like Lenka's (lgfoto) workshop as it balances the light out a little more evenly. :)

Hi Scott, it's a very beautiful lady with splendid dress, wonderful light and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-22 6:47]

What a marvellous specimen and marvellous shot, Scott! What I miss in the Zoo here in Madrid is a more natural environment, for most of the animals are upon bare concrete. I was very sad to see them the last time I was there. I love the look of this beautiful jaguar, one of my favourite animals.
Excellent details and composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Scott,
I cannot believe that some people kill those magnificent beasts for their skin... I never understood that. This is a nice portrait with good exposure and details. This big guy seems relax and thoughtful. I like this pose you captured and good exposure. Thanks,

Hi, Scott.
Nice shot. This guy is obviously relaxing and seems to be very peaceful. Good exposure and sharpness.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-22 17:53]

Hola Scott,
perfecto trabajo,
texturas y nitidez estupendos,
buen pov. colores excelentes.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-01 22:50]

Yeah, Scott, a big and great cat.

Excellent composition, pose and sharpness. I liked dof too.

I also enjoyed lgfoto's workshop.

Hi Scott

Wow... a lovely animal. I understand the 'want' for the eye level, but in my opinion, this an excellent POV. A penny for his thoughts! Awesome work my friend. :-)

Hi Scott. Very good composition in perfect clarity. Something for others like myself to aim for. TFS. Murray.

Amazing details, sharpness and superb soft lighting. Great pose!

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