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Snow Leopard


Snow Leopard
Photo Information
Copyright: Geoff Taylor (geoffash26) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 45] (283)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-02-26 14:52
Viewed: 3961
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at Marwell Zoo

Although sharing its name with the common leopard, the snow leopard is not believed to be closely related to the Leopard or the other members of the Pantherine group and is classified as the sole member of the genus Uncia uncia. Due to the under-development of the fibro-elastic tissue that forms part of the vocal apparatus the snow leopard cannot give a full, deep roar and this along with differences in skull characteristics help to separate it from its fellow ‘big cats’.
In appearance, the snow leopard is strikingly different from the common leopard. Although it has similar rosettes and broken-spot markings, they appear less well defined and are spaced further apart. The fur is long and woolly and helps protect the cat from the extreme cold of its generally mountainous habitat. The general ground coloration of the cat is predominantly grey with brownish/yellow tinges on its flanks and lighter, often white fur on its belly, chest and chin. The head, which sports small ears and a distinctive heavy brow, is rounded and comparatively small for its body size, which can be up to 1.3 meters length and weigh up to around 70kg. The long tail, which can measure as much as 900cm, helps the cat balance as it moves over rugged and often snowy terrain. The powerful limbs of the snow leopard are relatively short for its body size and are supported by large, powerful paws.

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Bonjour Jeoff
Ce léopard des neige est magnifique , la composition est bonne ainsi que le cadrage .Domage la couleur et la brillance ne rendent pas homage a cette belle bête... Bienvenu sur le site TN..
merci et au revoir je vais le travailler sur workshop merci ...JP

Hi Geoff,

I read your note first and was for just a second thinking that I was reading an article from the national geographic.
The post is as impressive as from a NG magazine.

Good, work, Keep going, TFS, Kiran.

Beatiful capture of this Snow Leopard. Nice crop and great eye contact. I love it when they have their tongues out like this. Great detail, DOF and colors are nice and not overdone. Was this in a controlled environment or wild? IT would be nice to have that in the note. Thanks for sharing this.
Nichole

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-26 15:47]

Hi Geoff
Great portrait of a beautiful animal, excellent detail, nice focus on the eyes and good selection of aperture.
Adrian

WOW, good one Geoff, good eye contact, and the tongue finishes it off perfectly! I would just tweak up the contrast a little bit...

Don't like the workshop version, way too much everything and has blown this apart!

Great capture here Geoff and some spot on eye contact.
Regards
Mike

Stunning shot Geoff. Lovely exposure and great low POV. Nice eye contact too. Nice work. TFS.

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