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Classic Leopard Shot (zoo/conservation)

Classic Leopard Shot  (zoo/conservation)
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-07-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax PZ-20, Pentax F 100-300, Agfa Scala 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Santago Rare Leopard Project
Theme(s): Endangered, Felidae of the world: First series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-22 9:57
Viewed: 6241
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
technical & motivation:
My motivation for uploading this image was to demonstrate some traditional photography using technology created before TrekNature existed. There's so little taken with film on this site and even less so in black and white. This image may be the only one to date taken using black and white slide film. I scanned and cropped a bit off the left and the right with a Minolta Dimage Dual Scan II film scanner and VueScan 8 software specifying the film type as a black & white negative and then inverted the image later.

I believe this to be a Persian Leopard - smaller than a Jaguar, but with similar black rosette markings. Although the African race of leopards is still quite numerous, Persian leopards are very scarce, due to persecution and habitat loss. Captive breeding programmes remain important for the survival of this race.

I find it difficult to determine the differnce between a Persian leopard and an African leopard due to their very close relation. It appears that the Persion leopards may be less orange, not that you could tell here.

location taken:
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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Well Dan I have had a guick look back at whats been posted in B&W most seem to be miss posted colour, and yours would seem definatley to be the only B&W slide, thank you for taking the time and efffort to share this great image with us, it is good to see alternative method of obtaining an image. A very proud looking puddy well seen only very minnor nit would be the OOF twigs in front of his legs,.
It would be good to have a bit of an extra note added to your already excelent note about the tec. bit done to scan and present it to us.
Overal this is a stunning image, be good to see some more.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-22 16:35]

HI Dan, lovely post. The B&W is very effective here. Great pose and nice note. Well done.

Excellent and nice to see you posting again. The B&W really works with this Jaguar. Nice note too. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-23 2:14]

Vry well done, I am a great fan of B&W. The sharpness and exposure is excellent.

Thanks for posting

Great capture very good contrast, great details.
Well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 4:10]

Agradable retrato Dan de un maravilloso felino.
Personalmente me hubiera agradado ver la imagen en color, pero la eleccion del blanco y negro en este caso es muy atinada.
Buena perspectiva y encuadre, así como el PP y tus notas.

Pleasant picture Dan of a wonderful feline.
Personally I had pleased to see to me the image in color, but the election of the black and white one in this case is very accurate.
Good perspective and frame, as well as the PP and your notes.

Nice and classy , not bad for a zoo shot !

Very good shot for this impressive animal. It looks like sepia and not B&W though.
I like very much hearing about negatives, tradicional photography... makes me melancholic. I bought my digital when my reflex broke down, and have quite a lot material in negative, but I have no scanner, and $$$ has gone not only in the cam, but in the memories, batteries, computer upgrades. I hope some day...

Great capture of this cat Dan. Very reaxed atmosphere and the sephia colours works really good here - IMO one of your best.

Excellent quality on this scan Dan. Contrast and texture are very well rendered. Sepia tone is just fantasctic. Great work.

This is a great image. I am sorry I missed it when you posted it. good work

Forgive me for taking so long to remember about this, It slipped my mind and I only picked it up now

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-02 15:01]

Hello Dan , A find this a beautifull photo the colours
from the tiger ,and the background ar very good ,compositie
and his eyes , i'ts a beauty beesd,Greetings Teunie .

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