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Botswana Leopard
Botswana Leopard

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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Date: Jul 7, 2004
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2005

We spent over an hour following this leopard through the bush. The only thing we saw during that time were fleeting glimpses of spots. Finally, right before giving up, upon rounding a corner, we found the leopard sitting on top of this anthill. He let me take a few shots, and then he was gone again. Shot with a 400 mm lens (=600 mm with 1.5 mag factor of D60).

Place: 88 out of 530
Avg (all users): 6.2806
Avg (commenters): 6.9286
Avg (participants): 6.2902
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 933
Views during voting: 479
Votes: 335
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2005 10:22:14 PM
i have the feeling ppl will tell you the sky is burned out. nice.
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01/29/2005 07:16:28 PM
Another wildlife shot that I'm extremely jealous of. A beautiful cat and a beautiful capture.
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01/26/2005 07:05:08 PM
This is such a remarkable animal... Maybe there could have been a closer crop to show off his beautiful markings.
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01/26/2005 12:45:25 PM
Nicely timed and composed photograph, with good detail and very well-suited depth of field. Magnificent animals they are... ((8))
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01/23/2005 07:26:07 AM
Good focus - this would proabably work better with a closer crop in around our leopard friend.
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01/23/2005 06:01:57 AM
oh, wow-ild! most excellent image. i think this would be somewhat discomforting had the stare been directed at the camera. this baby looks all business. great bokeh! i also like how the foreground seems to offer a small sense of protection, even though we know we're just kidding ourselves about that. great composition. hope this gets the attention it deserves, and that it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of this huge challenge!
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01/21/2005 10:32:14 PM
Nice kitty. Too bad about that blown out sky though.
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01/21/2005 06:15:09 PM
Good composition. great use of DOF. Interesting subject. 7.
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01/21/2005 08:50:29 AM
National Geographic quality...Nicely composed and like the fact that you got some of the surroundings and didn't simply zoom all out on the animal. Great DOF. Well done.
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01/20/2005 03:28:26 PM
01/19/2005 05:56:27 PM
Great wildlife capture! My favorite thing to photograph, and I would feel so good about having a picture like this in my collection!
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01/17/2005 06:31:30 PM
Nice leopard in habitat.
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01/17/2005 09:57:03 AM
The composition is very nice. The thing that make picture less impact is the white background.
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01/17/2005 04:24:41 AM
Awsome shot! I really hope this is in the wild (Botswana? cool!), but more likely in a zoo setting (yes, I am suspecting you of lieing in your title). Nice sharp focus, great composition.
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01/16/2005 03:05:42 PM
Beautiful animal, I feel this should have been cropped much tighter to bring out the Leopard more.
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