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Thank you very much for everyone who commented and/or voted on my last upload, especially to ChristineD for her coveted user award.

This pic is of a leopard, taken in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. He was doing what leopard's don't usually do - sitting around in the open, in broad daylight. On top of that he seemed very happy to let us share his space for a while, how nice was that? I'll never get tired of watching leopards, so we didn't leave til he did!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jun 2011 - 3:01 PM
Focal Length:380mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:In the Light of Day
Username:AlexAppleby AlexAppleby
Uploaded:30 Sep 2013 - 9:37 PM
Tags:Leopard, South luangwa, Wildlife / nature, Zambia
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Votes:77
Voters:ColleenA · georgiepoolie · Cookie_Monster · Philip_H · cats_123 · Eastlands · User_Removed · GeorgePlatis · ddolfelin · leontari · JuBarney · simons · jasonrwl · capto · Jenny-D · wasper · martin.w · Alan_Baseley · fazzer · Danny1970 · fificat100 · estonian · achieverswales · parallax · Ayoob · Hermanus · CarolG · martin174 · ugly · HarrietH · Shane136 · pdunstan_Greymoon · stuart1963 · Jeddahknight111 · NaturesHaven · RobertTurley · canonfan · lenocm · rayme330 · DeSilver · incheye1971 · mex · morpheus1955 · bricurtis · richmowil · HuddersfieldHil · Arty · Lottiephotography · FeatherFriend · Fred263 · ali63 · pamelajean · anglingandyq · tomcat · Brian65 · sweetpea62 · jdinne · Trev_B · Bzox · kuvailija · DerekL · ChristineD · Glostopcat · NigelKiteley · ChiliMan · Brovy · markp11 · jovanovic · annettep38 · DicksPics · jamesmoorephotography · AnnChown · SimonFletch · Snappersal · gwynn56 · babajoshua · DonMc ·
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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2279 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2013 - 9:42 PM

An amazing story Alex, how fortunate you were...a superb image of a very relaxed looking leopard

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ddolfelin
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30 Sep 2013 - 9:53 PM

That is a superb shot, Alex.
A thrilling experience for you.
Not usually the most friendly of animals.
Top marks.

Shortlisted.

Last Modified By ddolfelin at 30 Sep 2013 - 9:54 PM

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leontari
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30 Sep 2013 - 10:07 PM

Superb animal portrait!
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JuBarney
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30 Sep 2013 - 10:09 PM

A superb shot; sorry I have already used my UA.
Ju

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capto
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30 Sep 2013 - 10:25 PM

What a photo opportunity, you certainly made the most of it.Smile

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Jenny-D
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30 Sep 2013 - 10:26 PM

Stunning image Alex!

Jenny Smile

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achieverswales
1 Oct 2013 - 12:23 AM

Wonderful eye contact Alex of this beautiful big cat, love to see them in their natural habitat.

Regards

Trev.

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Ayoob
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1 Oct 2013 - 3:09 AM

Fantastic shot....Grin

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
1 Oct 2013 - 4:27 AM

This is an excellent capture Alex !! Sharp and super light - love the unthreatened eye contact too Smile

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2013 - 5:40 AM

A superb capture, Alex, what a very obliging leopard Smile Carol

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ugly
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1 Oct 2013 - 6:16 AM

A great image...
Well done on so many awards..

Dave

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HarrietH
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1 Oct 2013 - 7:03 AM

I bet he had his tummy full. Beautiful animal.

Harriet

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Jeddahknight111 Plus Member 3Jeddahknight111 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2013 - 7:54 AM

Great shot cannot say more. BrillsSmile

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1 Oct 2013 - 8:17 AM

A superb image and well captured
Jim

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rayme330
rayme330 Plus Member 3rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2013 - 8:53 AM

A wonderful experience for you, Alex and what a beautiful shot to remember it by. Grin

Ray

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morpheus1955
1 Oct 2013 - 9:27 AM

Outstanding shot Alex, love it

Hugh

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richmowil
richmowil Plus Member 6307 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2013 - 10:03 AM

Excellent image Alex!! I like it a lot!! Congrats on all your awards!!

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Lottiephotography

Wow! A superb shot, well done!

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Fred263
Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
1 Oct 2013 - 4:39 PM

Stunning image, Alex. Food is on the menu , I bet.
Fred

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ali63
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1 Oct 2013 - 7:16 PM

Fantastic image Alex, sorry I missed this one last night BlushBlush

Ali SmileSmile

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1 Oct 2013 - 8:30 PM

Great light and superb detail make this a stunner Alex

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Philip_H
Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2013 - 9:44 PM

Superb!

P.

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1 Oct 2013 - 10:00 PM

Superb Alex..Lin

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1 Oct 2013 - 10:22 PM

Well done Alex... a beautiful capture.

Trev

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2 Oct 2013 - 6:47 AM

[quote]This is an excellent capture Alex !! Sharp and super light - love the unthreatened eye contact too Smile[/quote--- ]Herman said it! - Excellent! ---- Jukka.

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ChristineD
2 Oct 2013 - 5:07 PM

a superb image

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2 Oct 2013 - 5:22 PM

A beautiful portrait of this majestic big cat, wonderful light and eye contact.

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NigelKiteley
2 Oct 2013 - 5:37 PM

A stunning image Alex, looks like you've hypnotised him! Congrats on the GEA.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan Plus Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 7:31 AM

Wowww...amazing capture, Alex. I would've left a bit more space on top but it is still a stellar shot!

Andrew

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FeatherFriend

Well done on the awards and GEA Alex, cracking shot,
Geoff.

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markp11
markp11  10 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 - 4:51 PM

Good one Alex

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annettep38 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2013 - 3:54 PM

blooming amazing, excellent wildlife shot

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5 Oct 2013 - 9:30 PM

Glad to make it 70, Alex - a superb image!

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9 Oct 2013 - 6:13 PM

I missed this - must have been away. What a beautiful image - well captured!

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25 Nov 2013 - 2:38 AM

The eye contact and colours are breathtaking, Alex.
Being a bit 'picky' I would have cloned out the stick on the left...
... but many natural history photographers don't believe in cloning.
It's a superb image and all your awards are richly deserved.

Simon

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gwynn56
gwynn56  380 forum posts England
26 Nov 2013 - 12:56 AM

beautiful capture , Smile

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babajoshua
30 Nov 2013 - 7:08 PM

A great shot and as you say rather rare to see a leopard in this situation.

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DonMc
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14 Dec 2013 - 10:37 PM

A truly amazing capture Alex!
Don

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