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Black panther

Black panther
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's big cats [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-25 10:03
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Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Merry Christmas for those who celebrate this day.
About pp...
Their black coat is difficult to depict...I did the job mostly in an adjustment levels layer; plus in a similar contrast layer putting a bit more contrast; finally give it a bit more saturation. Background has-I admit a bit quickly done- some sample cloning and blurring
...finished pp with selective smart sharpening after resizing.
Previous post was a white lion. I believe it was white due to in breeding resulting in a recessive gene. I don't know if the origin from the black or white leopard's coat has similar causes? More in wiki part...

A black panther is a melanistic leopard (or melanistic jaguar). These have mutations that cause them to produce more black pigment (eumelanin) than orange-tan pigment (pheomelanin). This results in a chiefly black coat, though the spots of a black panther can still be discerned in certain light as the deposition of pigment is different in the pattern than in the background. There are also white panthers.

Shooting Date/Time
2/12/2006 12:44:56
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length
Image Size
Image Quality
White Balance Mode

1,4 teleconverter

Merry Christmas!!!

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Hi Annick.
Thank you for your heart note and wishes.
I like your next portrait so much. Excellent cropping and presentation, great details and sharpness of the image. Perfect blurred and coloured BG and excellent reproduction of dark tones of the panther. I only has corrected (for my taste) gamma level. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Annick,
Thanks for sharing, nice portret.
Gr Ton

Nice profile and beautiful colors. Perfectly focused. Merry Christmas, Yvonne

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-25 12:07]

Hello Annick,
very nice capture with a superb composition.
Very sharp and clear.TFS.
Merry Christmas!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-25 12:23]

Hi Annick

What a look this panther has. You did a fine job on the black coat, the details and light on it are wonderful. Nice framing of the shot

Merry Christmas to you and your family



Hi Annick,

A good portrait shot of this attractive beast. Nice pose, details and background. Well done.


Golden eye - I love this black beauty, Annick, that's a wonderful and impressive shot, thanks and greetings.
Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar.

Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-25 13:54]

Hoi Annick , Prachtige portret foto, gave kop goeie pov kleuren details bg and framing ,fijne avond Teunie .

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-25 14:26]

Hi Annick,
Great capyure, love that I can see his spots. Seasons Blessings, Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Annick,

schitterend zo'n grote zwarte kat
ik ben benieuwd of je dit AF of MF hebt scherpgesteld
bij mij werkt de AF niet perfect op een donker onderwerp
Scherpte, kleur, compo, POV en DOF zijn werkelijk PERFECT

TFS en een hele fijne kerst

Hoi Annick,
Een mooi portrait, met perfecte scherpte in de vacht en een prachtige helder oog. Kleuren en crop zijn perfect. Alleen vind ik je bewerking van je achtergrond niet mooi. De randen rond de kop zijn ter duidelijk zichtbaar en zijn op sommige plekken zelfs overvloeid in de haren. Als ik het fout heb, wat ik eerlijk gezegd denk van niet, dan mijn verontschuldigingen, maar dan is er iets ergs vreemd aan de hand met deze foto.

Salut Annick

Il est très joli ce portrait de cette belle pantère d'un noir éclatant,les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-25 15:43]

Hi Annick,
Capturing detail and correct exposure on black subjects is never easy. Here you succeeded magnificently and what's more you caught a very particular expression. Beautifully captured and well done to keep the W/B off auto.
TFS and Happy Christmas

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-25 16:06]

Hello Annick

A beautiful portrait of this panther.The POV and DOF are excellent.The details and sharpness are excellent.Well saturated colours.A real beauty.TFS


Hello Annick,
Great shot on this black panther.
I know black or dark subjects are difficult, since I have tryed several times to shot a black bird but none of the pics worked...:-(
And the background here is dark too, but you did a great job here.
I like the details on the animal´s fur, head, and specially on the clear eyes.
I like also the way you composed this frame.
Congratulations and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-25 17:17]

Hello Annick,
Merry Christmas :o)
You caught a beautiful expression of this cute little cat :o)Good framing, and nice BG colors.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-26 2:41]

Hello Annick,
Very nice portrait.I liked POV,clear eyes,framing and sharpness a lot.

Hi Annick

Wow... you are sharing some awesome shots! This is simply magic! Amazing details you show. You got your exposure spot on! Congrats :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-26 10:28]

Hi Annick

A rare and beautiful sight! This reminds me of the "jungle book" :))
The portrait is excellent and the pose of the beautiful panther is amazing! The contrast between the bright eye and the black fur is fantastic here!
Great work!

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-26 10:56]

super portret

Black magic Annick :)
Very good sharpness and detail. You nailed the exposure of this black beauty as well.
Your consistant use of a wide aperture is again effective here, helping to blur any hint of captivity in the BG. (I think I see additional PP of the BG..yes or no?)..This intimate profile portrait is another excellent capture mf.
Happy New Year!

Hi Annick,
Another amazing shot! The POV, details, composition are excellent. Great job!

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