Chaos at the Waterhole
- robindb (1420)
- [2008-10-29 9:20]
You could not have had a beter visitor to the waterhole. Good detail and composition. I like the surrounding rocks and grass giving us an idea of the area. Good note as well, pity that they have trebled the accommodation cost there.
- Evelynn (14454)
- [2008-10-29 9:26]
I can tell you were excited with this discovery. Who wouldn't be? It seems so often the case that while our adrenalin and hearts are pumping the animal is nonchalantly ambling along. Then it disappears and we are left wondering what happened. Did we actually get a shot off? There's no going back and retaking it. The scene is etched permanently in our brains. Because we return often to the same parks we both instantly point out the places where we got this shot or that shot...shots that will never be forgotten nor repeated. You captured the feeling of the moment in this sharp, well exposed image. You obviously were ready. The tongue is a nice touch too.
- horia (16656)
- [2008-10-29 9:37]
Hi again James
A truly magnificent moment captured here...seeing a wild leopard coming down for a drink is quite rare :)
To be perfectly honest, i think i like the Workshop better than the original shot :) But the really funny thing is this: i opened the WS and kept looking for something pink there besides its tongue...i was looking for any little element in the FG or the BG...a tiny little thing there that is supposed to be pink. I even called my girlfriend...thought that i couldn't see it because of my color problem. Then it came to me: the tongue itself, you jackass!!! :)))
Anyway, this is a terrific shot and a pleasure to see.
Bravo and TFS
- nagraj (15166)
- [2008-10-29 9:55]
congrats for sighting and capturing such a beautiful and intelligent leopard which here nicely poised, looks so majestically in nice lighting conditions. your composition (cropped) could have been better, reducing the foreground and including more of those rocks, which are complementing the colors of leopard. tfs.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-10-29 10:28]
Very sharp image...Actually I kind of figured it was the tongue in this one, but it is a good way to get a tighter crop in as well by workshop.
That doggone gear of yours pays for itself not in dollars but in enjoyment. Very much appreciated...This is among the neatest of cats of which I have seen...We saw our share of cougar, but they have a much more vicious look about them and because of the almost monotone brownish, the muscles show real well...yet in the leopard, the natural patterns really enhance,..not to say that this is more than likely as vicious as a mountain lion..
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-10-29 10:33]
Very beautiful photo of this Leopard. Great sharpness and beautiful natural colours in a very good composition. The WS is also excellent, but in this photo it's more a part of the surroundings. It's more natural - a good choice.
- siggi (52850)
- [2008-10-29 11:07]
Fine details in this wonderful animal!
It is good to see the leopard is in fine shape, well fed and with a nicely groomed fur coat.This is a nice composition,with attractive
colours and details!
Best regards Siggi
- bahadir (723)
- [2008-10-29 12:02]
A nice and lovely capture of this leopard James. Perfect...
TFS and regards, Bahadır
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-10-29 12:09]
Hi James. I should love to see a big cat in the wild and not in a zoo or park .They look so healthy and fit. Very detail in the markings. well done TFS.
Nick.. Ineterstig notes too.
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-10-29 12:44]
Hi My Big Bro James,
A great timely capture that you cathed the tongue :) Funny indeed. TFS this fine image.
- Heaven (7912)
- [2008-10-29 12:53]
You present us a marvellous wildlife picture, as usually accompanied by interesting and detailed notes. The animal is impressive and is well integrated in this harsh nature, although it is a little bit lost among all these rocks and the grass. I agree with Horia that the picture in the WS is at least as fascinating, giving a better impression of the wonderful animal.
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-10-29 15:34]
and this one is the second shot i choosed to critique,
another great image, with fine POV, DOF and framing,
again i love that the animal it is a little bit from far
we can see his environement, beautiful luminosity
of the image, excellent sharpness and details, TFS
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-10-29 19:29]
Next trip can I hide in your luggage, I would love to see this kind of wildlife once before I die. This is an outstanding image with great quality all around, thanks James.
- Wolfpower (1075)
- [2008-10-29 21:05]
What a super capture.
It is amazing.
Excellent focus and detail.
Nicely composed ,the setting is lovely.
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2008-10-29 22:12]
You have tralled a lot and that results in great pictures like this one.
I have been seen this animal in the zoo.
You captured him very well.
James, I knew what the pink thing was :)!
The Leopard was licking its lips, obviously.
In this series, you seem to have had a field day of subjects at the water-hole.
This is a wonderful shot of the Leopard withdrawing from the melee.
Thanks and regards.
- albert (2971)
- [2008-10-30 1:25]
Great photo of a exciting moment,lucky you were! it's not often that one can see a leopard in Etosha!
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-10-30 5:44]
I have seen such a photo in discovery channel.
You seem to have spotted the treasure here.
Lovely sharpness and a great clarity. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Ganesh
- angybone (7684)
- [2008-10-31 7:33]
In your notes you wrote: "Basically it had been spotted, so showed itself and wandered off." ha ha Spotted...leopard...get it! ha ha
OK, I'm a dork.
Great moment you captured here. How very exciting!!!! Does your heart beat a little faster on these occasions? I know mine would.
Absolutely wonderful shot. You captured an attitude in the stride. I like the 'slurp' of the tongue as if to say this cat has seen supper.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-10-31 14:25]
Very sharp and crisp capture of this Leopard.
The composition is very good.
Well done James!
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-10-31 19:06]
What an amazing shot of this big cat, James!
And it seems to have just had a wonderful meal, what with it licking it's lips...Or is it the anticipation of a good meal that's making it salivate?
A very shy cat on perfect display here, my friend!
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2008-11-02 12:49]
Hello James, pretty impressive shot! Great colors and textures and a well done composition, very sharp and clear. Thanks!
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-11-07 8:05]
Excellent written material. That's the leopard, you don't expect it and there's it is...
I thought this was his tongue actually:-). But I like the workshop photo very much. Both are very good but I prefer the crop. So, excellent photos as well...
Thanks for sharing
- winterpalace (0)
- [2010-11-13 22:14]
An exiting document depicting life at an African waterhole.