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After the fight

After the fight
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-18 4:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a 6 year old leopard called 4 spot (4 spots on one part of his muzzle). He had not been seen for several weeks, but seems to have a disagreement with something else (look at his nose).

Yes - even with my 400mm 2.8, I was that close. We watched him for over an hour - he took about as much notice of us as he did the trees! Take a look at the pictures I posted of the leopardess and see just how much bigger his head is.

Taken as the sun was setting.

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Superb shot, very much in your signature style..

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-18 5:07]

Hi James,
What a beauty... Goes to my favorites. Thanks for sharing this
have a great weekend,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-18 5:48]

I love cats and this is a superb male,strong faced and lotof character. Lucky you to get so close to them, they are fantastic animals. I wish I could smell one one day. Beautiful picture, shot with skills. I like the blurred grass moving all around the leopard, the beautiful natural colours found in it displaying this beauty. The leopard is stunning, beautiful and the coat is well seen. Thanks!


Wonderful portrait shot again James.
Love the way the Leopard is partly hided in between the high grassess.
Pity there's a piece of grass in front of the left eye, but you cant have it all......can you :)
Wonderful soft color tones, calrity in the eyes, details and patterns.
Excellent work again on sharpness and exposure.
Have a great weekend,


Hola James,
Impresionate retrato con la mirada muy expresiva, gtran nitidez y magnífica luz, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-18 9:45]

Hello James,
Incredible to be able to see this animal at such close range! This male has a really big head and he doesn't look too friendly! Brilliant capture though, very sharp and fine colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-18 9:58]

Hi James,

Spectacular portrait of this Leopard with the bruise on his nose. I love those eyes!! Fine details and his beautiful coloring shows off well. Beautiful setting with him surrounded by the tall grass.


Hello James
There arent many situations when you struggle to fit the subject in the frame even with the 400..Superb focusing and the f2.8 has created a wonderful dreamy bg to compliment gaze of the leopard..(thats one brave whatever it was to pick a fight with a leopard!!)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-18 12:20]

Hi James. This must have been one of your best trips looking at the pictures of the big cats. This is a fantastic close up of the Leopard . i like the DOF you have captured making the eyes look even more sharp . great use of the light giving natural colurs. I like the odd stand of grass it looks so natural. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hi james amazing shot great foto very good sharpess adn good details this is just amazing leopard is my favorite animal since I have been in tanzania
wow I ´m amazed thanks a lot for sharing this

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-18 14:01]

Hello James,
Splendid portrait! Perfect!

A beautiful face...poor little thing did get it on the nose there. :)
Great capture...this work is so exotic, such an amazing subject. WOW!

Man oh man James...I love your nature shots almost as much as your geology shots. You truly are as eclectic as me. I run the gamut from birds top landscape to NASCAR to accidents and ambulance chasing...and on it goes...but you ...it seems you are not a Type A. You are man who takes his time and thinks things out...in a hurry perhaps at times in your own way but in the ways of the world, you are truly good at this.

Wow!... What an amazing story you describe here. This animal is a beauty. I would be much impressed to have lived this unique moment. I never had the chance to see a big feline in the wild. Details show its story and probably hard life. This is wonderful! TFS,

Hi James,

Just beautiful mate, what a excellent shot of this leopard, that f2.8 has isolated the head beautifully, wonderful colours well framed, really nice work, have a great weekend,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-18 17:17]

Hola James.
As usual. Bautiful photo. Excellent I must say.
Great sharpness, and focus.
The colors of his eyes and skin are amazing.
Saludos. Have a nice weekend.

What a beautiful animal and picture, James.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-18 17:55]

Hello James,
Impressive animal, impressive image great work my friend. This must have been extremely exciting. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-04-18 18:11]

hi James,
uou.. scary. The only cat i don´t like is the domestic cat... but i´m no sure if i would like to be close to this guy...
I love details over the skin and how you have taken the way he is looking at somewhere...or someone! It´s great, I can´t stop looking at it... you have shot the eyes of a cold hunter, and that´s not so easy... my compliments to you!! very well done
have a nice day! and take care of this little and cute animals

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-18 18:28]

Hi James!

Fantastic work again, even the wound is so realistic, and the eyes are wonderful, with perfect eye contact! The strength he shows can be seen even from his look this time. TFS!

Best regards,

hello James

WOW, what a great close-up shot of this Leopard,
fine POV and DOF, great sharpness and details,
i love the expression on his eye,
and from your notes i love this one :
« he took about as much notice of us as he did the trees! »



Hello James,
He sure have a serious looks at it's face!
very nicely captured with a front pose in top class sharpness, awesome colour and details
very well done with the 400mm

Hi James,

What a beaty, great shot.
Good pov and dof with beautiful colors and good of sharpness.

Regards Gert

Yes, the marks on the muzzle show this chap had had a tiff with another Leopard, I guess, James.
My, what intense, piercing eyes this elegant creature has!
This is a wonderful portrait, indeed.
I recall seeing my last Leopards in a dingy cage in a dingy zoo at Shimla in August of 2006. There were two of them. When I went close to the cage to take pictures, the female growled and then leapt at the wire-mesh. Though there was no danger, my heart fluttered with some atavistic fear after the experience.
Best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-19 3:02]

Hello James,
yes you are right. The look says I have won. Excellent composition. Ganesh

Hello James,
Seems like your model has been in a brawl and caught a nasty scratch.:)
Excellent POV. Amazing sharpness and clarity. I liked the way it looks through he grass. Excellent eye contact too.

Hi friend James,
Another splendid portrait shot of this wonderfull cat! TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-19 13:38]

Very fine image of this Leopard!
This guy has one hell of a look on his face :-)
Excellent POV and composition.
Lovely lighting.
The DOF is a tad too shallow but too much shutter-speed would have been compromised and it was low already!
Very well done James!


Hi James,

Your cat shots are pretty amazing, with stunning detail and perfect depth of field, which really makes you focus on the fact. You obviously love these animals and this shows through your work. Very special pictures.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-20 20:07]

Hi James,
Outstanding portrait shot and a fabulous eye contact. Seeing them in the wild would have been so exciting. Very impressive colours, sharpness, lighting and exposure. Among the grasses it looks majestic and royal. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 8:55]

Hello James

A lovely shot of this handsome leopard.
The scratches on the nose show well.
Excellent close up POV.
The details are excellent.
Well focused.


Hi James,

Nice shot, one thing i like about Living in Africa is the Wild life, you captured him nicely in this shot.


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