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Challenge: C2K -- DPC's 2,000th Challenge (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Kwai River, Moremi, Okavango Delta, BW
Date: Feb 13, 2014
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2014

From mid-morning Leopards climb trees to escape the pounding African heat. Usually they have already hunted and taken the kill up the tree where after eating they try to rest. The average male Leopard can weigh up to about 60kgs. It's been estimated that they can lift a kill weighing 90kgs up the tree. Hard work after a tiring chase! The Botswana light is intense but under the canopy of a lead-wood tree there is some relief for them. As a wildlife photographer, in order to achieve some detail in the shade you have to shoot Manual or Semi-Auto and overexpose by 2/3rds of a stop or so. Naturally the sky becomes a white studio backdrop.

This was an interesting challenge. I really think few people chose their absolute "best for DPC" image in their collections. I chose the one I like the most due the moment of the shot. The voting was extremely flat. 260 entries and 150 odd votes, what's with that? From 1st place to my 74th there is only a drop of 0.8 points.

Thank you all for the awesome comments. Black and White Wildlife is how I began, with Ilford film (XP) and my own darkroom.

Place: 73 out of 264
Avg (all users): 6.2157
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.2564
Avg (non-participants): 6.0833
Views since voting: 376
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 153
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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11/12/2014 03:12:04 AM
You and me both Sara, thanks for the support though!
Originally posted by SaraR:

Disappointed to see this only made 74th place; it was my choice for the Red.
11/12/2014 01:51:48 AM
Disappointed to see this only made 74th place; it was my choice for the Red.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2014 11:36:24 AM
The mono conversion works really well, good composition too, well captured, good luck
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11/09/2014 07:23:57 AM
Interesting to se an image like this in b&w. I like it!
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11/09/2014 04:07:38 AM
Superb - wonderful rendering of the texture, excellent mono conversion, super composition.
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11/08/2014 03:56:18 PM
I like the high contrast, it really accentuates the shapes and textures well.
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11/07/2014 09:16:54 PM
This would work well for the camo challenge! Great find and captured well.
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11/07/2014 10:43:51 AM
Beautiful and amazing capture and B&W conversion. Really love the texture. Looks like you had a hard time controlling the brightness of the sky against what I assume was a lot darker area where the kitty is.
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11/06/2014 04:34:35 PM
Gorgeous animal and shot. Africa at its best
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11/05/2014 10:09:05 AM
Wonderful collection of textures and tones. Perfect in B&W, and I think the square crop suits it very well!
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