Leopardess at Sunrise
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-04-10 7:23]
This is a superb use of natural light for dynamic added effect in a synergistic way! Super shot James...I am putting it in a theme which I created. Thanks for sharing this one!
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-04-10 7:47]
Like the first picture of your recent S.A. trip, James.
The Leopardess looks good in this early morning shot with her eyes shining and her lower teeth visible.
Must have been exciting to stay three days at this place.
TFS and regards.
- ralfsworld (6560)
- [2008-04-10 7:48]
This is really good one! Amazing details and composition!
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2008-04-10 8:25]
Very nice picture. I almost feel the velvety skin. Perfect timing to capture this beautiful moment. Light and darkness are well composed in this image.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-04-10 9:15]
Londolozi means to protect in Zulu language.
Isn't it part of the Sabi Sand Reserve, north of Skukuza.
There's an airstrip for flights from Johannesburg or did you come via Mpumalanga Airport via Kruger?
Quite expensive compared to Kruger!
Beautiful leopard. Meeting this animal and you immediately feel reconnected to earth:-)
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-04-10 9:34]
The lighting on her face is magnificent. A wonderful shot of this beautiful animal with the wonderful eyes. Not sure I would get too close with her showing those teeth. Nice natural colors and excellent details. Even the whiskers show off well.
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-04-10 11:26]
Hi James. I do love big cats and this one looks such a beautiful animal. such eye and markings which you have captured so well . with fine detail and colour. well done TFS. very intersting notes .
I will look forward to more from the trip.
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2008-04-10 11:37]
What a beauty this is James. The leopard and your image. Wonderful sunlit detail and composition. Fine intense pose.
Wonderful. Tfs Richard
- Royaldevon (4229)
- [2008-04-10 11:48]
Thank you, James.
It has been a privilege to read and share this knowledge!
You photograph carries with it all the passion and respect that you feel for this magnificent leopard.
The image is razor sharp, the details impecable and the colours exactly right!
I love the way she is emerging from the shadows with her mouth slightly open, so reminiscent of all cats!
Many thanks for your warm feedback on 'Acrobat or hyper-active?'
- fragman (43778)
- [2008-04-10 12:16]
great-sharp pic, TFS Ori
- Hil (5035)
- [2008-04-10 13:09]
Superb capture of the Leopardess.
Nicely composed with a great POV and lovely pose of her emerging from the shadows.
Lovely sharp detail and great colours.
- Necipp (100)
- [2008-04-10 13:09]
Hello James the light is great I like the natural vignette type framing created with the shadow. Good POV and nice expression caught. Great sharpness and detail tfs rgds Necip.
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-04-10 13:43]
Hi my beloved friend James,
Nice shot in all aspects! TFS and
Welcome back! Hope you had nice time during your holiday. I am in herpetological trips and tomorow I will go to Cyprus.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-04-10 14:23]
Exceptional portrait of this Leopard, James!
The light is excellent!
You're lucky to have seen so many of these big cats, my friend went to SA and only saw a fleeting glimpse of one!
Nice work as always!
- gracious (13068)
- [2008-04-10 16:11]
Much appreciated for sharing your beautiful collection of animals back from Africa! you must had enjoyed the trip greatly!
a beautiful portrait of the Leopard right moment captured with the sunlight, beautiful indeed
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-04-10 18:27]
Wonderful note to go with this incredible image of this amazing creature. Camera work is impeciable and the results show that. Thank you James.
- Proframe (4096)
- [2008-04-10 19:59]
Beautiful portrait image of this lovely big cat James.
Great note and composition leaving the Leopardess enough space on the left hand side to look in to.
Wonderful facial expression and soft color tones.
Best regards, Harry
- Heaven (7912)
- [2008-04-10 22:46]
She's a beauty, and you have put her so well on stage. A photographer in his studio wouldn't do better with his model... But the difference is huge: you made it outside in a natural environnement! Congratulations!
- JPlumb (2904)
- [2008-04-10 23:53]
From out of the shadows... Very cool James, and your note is very interesting as well. I have never heard of this place, but what a great story. Back to the shot. It is so good to see one of these cats wild like this, in a closely cropped composition like this. Your capture of that cat, stepping into the sunlight with that stare, is awesome. The detail found on this animal is incredible.
Thanks, enjoyed! John
- SelenE (13972)
- [2008-04-11 1:42]
It's a very good portrait of this beautiful cat. Details, lighting and composition are very nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,
- PaulH (13882)
- [2008-04-11 3:59]
great contrast between light and shadow, a very good job on the exposure here. Well framed with perfect DOF. Really enjioyed your note too, thanks.
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-04-11 4:39]
James, Very long note and well cnnected to the shot. Nice front view and also good lighting. Ganesh
- Aramok (5166)
- [2008-04-11 5:00]
What a stunning shot. the lighting is amazing and you have caught the Leopardess so very well. I can tell you are really pleased with your shot, and you know you should be as well. It is beautiful. Everything is just spot on.
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-04-11 5:43]
you did a great shot of this Leopardess, i love your fine POV
and framing, the DOF is very excellent, i love that some
part of the image is on highlights and others part on shadows,
great sharpness and details of this great wild animal, TFS
- claudine (0)
- [2008-04-11 8:41]
What a lucky person you are to have seen this fantastic animal in real... You must be proud of this great portrait indeed. The game between light and shadow is wonderful in excellent composition, exposure and details. This animal is a real beauty! Thanks,
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-04-11 10:28]
I am impressed with use of lights and shadows. Great portrait and terrific combination of crisp sharpness of the animal details and smoothness of the natural BG. Framing is superb and classic. Well done and kind wishes.
- angybone (7684)
- [2008-04-11 13:46]
Beautiful dramatic lighting!
Wonderful wonderful wonderful...wow! What can I say?
Your work is just perfect!
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-04-12 9:53]
Wow, what a splendid close capture of this Leaopard!! It must be wonderful to see them in the wild, you must have been pretty close here! The light is wonderful and details and colours sooo beautiful against the dark background.
Many thanks, Ulla
- gondox (1585)
- [2008-04-12 18:01]
The lighting is superb and the eyes are just wonderful!
Shaprness and colors are all very fine, and composition is perfect with the leopard coming from the right but leading to its eyes in the middle! Fur details are also vfery nice. TFS!
- marhowie (486)
- [2008-04-14 2:41]
Wonderful light play James, I like it to :)
Perfect sharpness/detail, great DOF isolating the head in your frame.
(Stop the Press), a tripod! ;-}
Great POV as well..
- soccer (2557)
- [2008-09-17 2:24]
The Leopard portrait is well composed, showing good detail of the Leopard. I like the light that was used to highlight and show detail of the face, with little detail of the BG behind the Leopard adding to the quality of the image. I think the BG, DOF and POV are all good. The subject is sharp and with the clarity of the image, makes a very good pic. It is always good to get some leopard pic as they are rare. I have posted some Leopard pics - have a look and let me know what your thoughts are on mine!