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African Leopard(Panthera pardus Linnaeus

African Leopard(Panthera pardus Linnaeus
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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/5.6, 1/250 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: 2004-08-02 10:11
Viewed: 42749
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Leopard (Panthera pardus Linnaeus)

The Leopard is the most widely distributed of the "Big Cats" and is one of several often referred to as a Panther. It has an elongate body and massive limbs of moderate length. The paws are broad and rounded and the ears are short. The tail is longer than that of the Tiger, assisting its movements along branches of trees.
The fur of subspecies in colder climates is longer and thicker and is very soft. As with many species, the fur of the female is softer than that of the male.
(this text came from The Cat Survival Trust )

This image has been cropped. I posted another picture of this leopard earlier on TE. You can read more about this sort of Leopard on the Leopard Fact Sheet.

This image was taken at the Santago Rare Leopard Project - a breeding program for rare leopards and big cats, not in the wild. For more information on the Santago Rare Leopard Project, read the travelogue on this site called "Santago Rare Leopard Project"

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I just waiting for you to post 'em. What can I say. Lovely one once more. Keep 'em comming. You have capture the colours very well. I noticed the same on this photo (eye & shiny back). Just a nit. Thanx for sharing.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-02 13:38]

Leopards are easy, easy to love, and easy to get in trouble with.
This is a nice over the shoulder look. Maybe just a fraction of space above his left ear?

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-02 14:18]

Very nice Dan, if I stare at it I'm sure I can see the eyes begin to close. I really like it good capture.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-02 14:24]

very sharp one, And yes he is looks in too the camera, very good capture, great colours, very good job. I like it.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-02 14:42]

Wonderfull shot of a creature that I still need to get on the other side of my lens. Seeing this motivates me to go out and find one. Very good colors and DOF.

Nice clean shot,intresting pose looking down like it is.back of the head and right ear look a little soft, though its always hard to tell with these cats as the fur seems to play tricks with the light.The links in your extensive notes are good too.

Don't look back......
What a monster of a picture,
what a lovely face, on the other hand...

Very good picture with very good contrast between the subject to the background.

Wow! She has an almost human way to look back.
Really great picture, I especially like the tight framing, letting us come very close...

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2004-08-03 15:15]

Beau cadrage, belle couleur, bravo

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-08-04 4:48]

A great capture of a lovely animal. Excellent detail. Well framed.

Great capture of this lazy cat Dan. Perfect cropping and I like the way it is looking back at you. Colours are beautiful as well as the dof.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-06 11:00]

Like the contrast between the leopard and the background, very good composition with great colors and expression !!

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  • Marcie (0)
  • [2004-08-11 0:11]

Beautiful shot, Dan! You have excellent leopard photos, but this is the best. Good details, the texture of fur is wonderful, and the pattern...

Excellent photo, Dan. Nitice the arrangement of the spots - rosetts. I have never had the oppertunity to get a really good shot of a leopard. Yours is great.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-07-03 10:30]

Hi Dan!
This is so amazing macho cat portrait that it should be fraimed!
Great shot,great perfomance,well done!

Nice shot. Good POV

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