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Leopard #37
Leopard #37
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Challenge: Spots (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: San Antonio zoo
Date: Nov 11, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

Gotta meet the challenge with this one - "leopard" is in the challenge details...

This is the clouded leopard that lives at the San Antonio Zoo. Same one that SandyP shot for the Free Study. I'm pretty impressed with this particular shot (I'm easily impressed) because it was shot handheld with the 70-200 which I have trouble hand-holding still enough. To compensate for the lighting (it's not very bright in there) I was using an ISO of 1250. This is also shot through not very clean glass. (The glass of the cage, not the glass of the lens.)

Post processing: let CS pick the RAW conversion; levels, curves, color balance and hue/sat to remove the blue caused by the glass, a bit of Neat Image, sharpening, resize.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 175
Avg (all users): 6.6506
Avg (commenters): 8.1765
Avg (participants): 6.4615
Avg (non-participants): 6.7174
Views since voting: 1623
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 249
Comments: 44
Favorites: 6 (view)


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10/31/2008 05:24:49 PM
really lovely !!!!!great pink nose
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10/27/2008 11:07:14 PM
What a beautiful cat, & perfect timing to catch him/her stare at you.
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10/27/2008 06:35:29 PM
What a beautiful shot! I love the eyes...they just draw you in.
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03/13/2008 04:08:08 PM
This Clouded Leopard looks so different from the Amur Leopards that I take pictures of in the local wildlife park. Very different face shape, and markings.
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04/24/2007 04:37:05 PM
awwww....in my favorites!
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01/22/2007 02:04:11 PM
Yeah, this was definitely the right one. I love Theda's dreaminess, but this one really engages the viewer - really demands your attention, and high vote!
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01/11/2007 01:32:45 PM
I love the look of his/her eyes. That you seem to be the center of his attention.
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01/04/2007 07:10:50 PM
This is an absolutely stunning shot, love everything about it!
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11/28/2006 05:13:40 AM
Great shot Deb, I don;t know how I missed seeing this result, it is a truly excellent shot and congrats on your second best score ever!! The only thing I can think of that may have improved the shot would have been a tighter crop to fill the frame with spots. Just a suggestion, truly outstanding!
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11/26/2006 07:52:01 PM
The oasis of the eyes in the arid landscape make this photo appeal to me.
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11/26/2006 07:16:57 PM
WOW! This is excellent! This is the type of shot I aspire to get. I love taking shots of the animals. Trying to get through that glass is mighty annoying. LOL. At the Philly zoo, between the low light conditions and the dirty glass it is a lesson in frustration most times. I usually take about 400 shots when we go to the zoo. At most maybe 30 come out decent (not good, but decent). Out of those 30, I might get 3 or 4 that are good. The sharpness on this is amazing. The colors are phenomenal.
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11/24/2006 03:39:14 PM
wow!! awesome shot and score. I have no idea how I've missed this up till now. Lovely job!!!
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11/23/2006 10:08:17 PM
Very beautiful shot and such a great score! Congratulations!
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11/23/2006 04:30:08 PM
Beautiful photograph, congrats on your high finish!
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11/23/2006 01:32:00 AM
Impressive and well done Deb.....
I really liked this one and gave you an "8".....
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11/22/2006 08:36:27 PM
Hey Deb, Congratulations on coming so close to one of your goals. I did my best to get this in the top 10. I noticed those trolls didn't bother to leave a comment. You'd probably have made it without them. That sucks!
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11/22/2006 05:25:23 PM
Hey Deb. Great image and so worthy of such a high placement... well done!
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11/22/2006 05:21:03 PM
Really like how he's looking right into the camera. I think this is a very nice shot that stands well on it's own - even outside of the challenge (but does fit the challenge purrrfectly!)
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11/22/2006 02:11:35 PM
Congrats on the top 15 Deb! Very sweet shot! The leporad looks almost sad in a way. :-)
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11/22/2006 10:53:41 AM
Deb, well done, who said cats aren't fun to photograph ;) Perfect!
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11/22/2006 09:43:36 AM
Woo hoo, Deb! AWESOME finish for this high scoring kitty :) We're going to have to give him modeling awards, aren't we :)

Congratulations!!!
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11/22/2006 07:10:09 AM
I didn't vote on this one, but I love your picture. Great spots, I love the detail in the eyes and face. Great place too!
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11/22/2006 05:08:40 AM
Wow-right choice!
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11/22/2006 02:02:07 AM
This is so sweet and underrated! Keep up the good work. Congratulations on your top twenty finish.
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11/22/2006 12:49:08 AM
Congrats on your high finish and your 2nd-best shot, too. :)

And you just topped Sandy's score.
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11/22/2006 12:17:26 AM
Great finish Deb, well desrved for this capture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2006 05:18:46 PM
WOWWW
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11/21/2006 02:30:13 PM
Wow! This is stunning. The eyes are so expressive. Lighting, color and composition fabulous.
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11/21/2006 02:13:16 PM
Nice shot but are you sure it's a leopard? Looks like an Ocelot. Oh well still wonderful shot - 9
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11/20/2006 08:58:31 PM
Beautiful focus and lighting. 8.
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11/19/2006 06:58:52 PM
What a beauty and to think that such a docile visual display comes from a predator! Very well captured.
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11/18/2006 07:11:44 PM
0-2 meets challenge = 2
0-3 creativity = 3
0-3 technical merit = 3
0-2 biased wow factor = 2
Total 10
Nicely done!
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11/18/2006 12:32:28 AM
beautiful shot
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11/17/2006 07:47:54 PM
Beautiful! Awsome focus and coloring. Feel like I'm sitting right there.
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11/17/2006 09:26:05 AM
very nice focus and lighting
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11/17/2006 05:32:59 AM
good
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11/16/2006 10:28:41 PM
most compelling big cat picture (so far) but i wish it was more SPOTTED
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11/16/2006 02:12:37 PM
Certainly the best of the leopard shots in this contest. Great composition and very sharp.
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11/16/2006 01:24:19 PM
Jeeeeeeeez, that's a a photogenic kitty!!! The piercing eye contact makes this such an outstanding photo!!! The composition of his pose is perfect too! I just love this photo! And no matter how many leopards there are -- even without having come across any more, this one has to be the best! Congratulations on an incredible capture!
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11/16/2006 01:04:52 PM
Soft and pretty and great background for your subject.
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11/15/2006 05:37:39 PM
Love this one. 9
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11/15/2006 11:18:26 AM
Ahhhh....Thank you! A real photo. Well focused, exposed properly, and fun to look at. Well done!
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11/15/2006 03:15:10 AM
wow! is he coming?,10
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11/15/2006 12:36:32 AM
So well captured, and a great image for this challenge.
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