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Black Panther (Leopard)

Black Panther (Leopard)
Photo Information
Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Santago Rare Leopard Project
Theme(s): Endangered, Great cats - Grandes felinos, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 9:44
Viewed: 149427
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There really are no black panthers as a type of animal, but there are black leopards and black jaguars. These are sort of reverse albinos, the term being of Melanistic coloration.

Melanism occurs because of a mutation or abnormality of one of the cats genes which is associated with coat coloration and markings. Often if the light hits the animal the right way, you can see the normal leopard pattern with black on black, though I could not spot this.

I have heard mixxed reports about this being an advantage or disadvantage in the wild. If in Africa, it is said that they are much more aggressive to counter the reduced camouflage when both attacking and hiding. I've heard in South East Asia, the black traits can be an advantage in the forests though.

This image was taken at the Santago Rare Leopard project - a breeding program for rare leopards and big cats, not in the wild.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To gerhardt: Jaguars or Leopardsdanbachmann 3 08-01 17:30
To PDP: feardanbachmann 2 07-30 15:05
To Callie: about -1/2 stop from meter readingdanbachmann 1 07-30 14:34
To softflower: scareddanbachmann 1 07-30 13:07
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Warg !!!
Jolie prise de vue.
Que cet animal a de jolis cros ! Je n'aimerais pas le rencontrer dans la nature celui-la.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-30 11:56]

Great head Dan,
Fantastic composition, great colours too, and a good note. It's complete very good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-30 13:48]
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It's a gorgeous shot of a beautiful creature. I must admit I find her quite scary to look at.

As I say it is a great photo, my only comments are that I wish the eyes were a bit sharper and that the tops of the ears were in.

Well done Dan!

he had his eye on you, Beautiful! My only real nit is the ears, top and the ehiskers right. Black exposure well handled.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-30 14:02]

What a lovely black panther, also sharp, I like of animals.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 15:15]

I like the eyes of this beautiful creature. The crop infortunately cuts off the ears.

I'am jealous. The santago project looks like quite the event. I love them big cats. This photo is very nice. The cut on the nose shows it was in a skirmish with another cat. Nicley done. Pity about the points of ears. But still very well done. I thought all black panthers were Jaguars?

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-14 8:18]

Esta es una de las imágenes que tenía pendientes de crítica anteriores a mi ingreso a TN.
Hermosa imagen... gran encuadre (si hubieran aparecido las puntas de las orejas, sería perfecta) y colores naturales.
Excelente captura Dan.
(puntos mañana)

This is one of the images that had pendant of critic previous to my entrance to TN.
Beautiful image... great frame (if they had appeared the ends of the ears, would be perfect) and natural colors.
Excellent capture Dan!
(points tomorrow)

waaawwwwwwwwwwww !
great photo !
and thanks for your explanation

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-06-17 6:14]

wow! this is Bagheera? very nice portrait. great job.

Great image

Excellent clarity + composition,POV,DOF, sharpness, focus, colour, lighting + notes.
Great presentation.

This one seems to be a jaguar....just because of the shape of the head and the width of the cheekbones and the skull

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