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A very tricky exposure and I don't think I quite pulled it off. A very difficult cat to capture, constantly prowling and on the move.
As you all know it is a Mountain Lion also known as a Cougar or Puma, native to North America. Such a beautiful seldom seen big cat, whether in the wild or in a captive breeding program.
I hope you like him, as I think he is magnificent.
Viewed large is best if you have time.
Many thanks for all the C&C's on my Vultures. I was quite surprised at how well they were received.
Have a great weekend everyone. Unfortunately I'm still not well enough to get out yet but hopefully another week or so and I will be as right as rain again.
Take care and happy snapping.
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Out of the Shadows
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:13 Mar 2010 - 1:29 PM
Tags:Big cat, Cat, Close-up / macro, Cougar, Mountain lion, Pets / captive animals, Puma, Wildlife / nature
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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
13 Mar 2010 - 1:32 PM

great light detail and comp this is a brill shot
jj

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Excellent shot Steve - wonderful close-up and lovely light captured

Chris

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 1:42 PM

Superb capture!

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Carl40
Carl40  8 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 1:43 PM


Quote: A very tricky exposure and I don't think I quite pulled it off

I think you have done very well here the exposure looks good it works well but i think the image looks a bit soft But I still like this image

Last Modified By Carl40 at 13 Mar 2010 - 2:00 PM

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 1:53 PM

Excellent capture. Love the shadow of his eyelashes in his eyes. Beautiful pose too...........Sandy

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 2:01 PM

Nice image Steve and not an easy one to capture with the strong light falling on the face.
Graham.

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 2:03 PM

A wonderful pose captured here showing the stealth of these fine animals Colin

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Adderwatcher
13 Mar 2010 - 2:18 PM

Beautiful image, well captured.
Scott

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wolf1
wolf1  4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 2:23 PM

Love the softness of v1, great shot.
Andy

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 2:23 PM

stunning capture steve love the light v1 you've pulled this off brilliantly nice one Wink
andy

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 2:26 PM

A superb capture,All very beautiful .V2 is for me.
saeid

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polly470
polly470 e2 Member 425 forum postspolly470 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 2:34 PM

Really love the light and mood of V1 - makes it more of a story and has atmosphere...
Pauline

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 3:00 PM

I like your version 1 which depicts the cat creeping from the shadows so well the eyes are lovely and well captured.... a cracker I'd say

Linda

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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 3:07 PM

great set
gareth

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Techno
Techno  51004 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 3:26 PM

Very difficult subject made to look easy, well done and pleased to hear you are on the mend!
Mal

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 3:31 PM

Another beautifully captured shot, and I like V1 for the mystery and the title makes this perfect.
hope you are feeling better soon.
Lillian

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martyn_b
martyn_b  81 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 3:55 PM

i think version 2 is probably best for highlights, i would tend to work from that version and darken down to version one, nice pic, cheers martyn

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 3:59 PM

Interesting pose - I think it works best in v2
Helen

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 4:04 PM

do like the air of mystery that youve created with the use of the light and shadow, youve lost alittle detail in v1 on th face which is a shame. the mod works well and i definately think its worth spending alittle more time on this image as it makes for an eye catching image.lesley

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clicknimagine
13 Mar 2010 - 4:25 PM

i prefer v1, fantastic light here...

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 4:36 PM

Love the light and shade in V1. Wonderful pose.

Ann

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 5:00 PM

What a fantastic shot Steve,love them both.
Brian

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franken e2 Member 113048 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:06 PM

Version 2 for me.

Ken

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nishad1994
13 Mar 2010 - 5:59 PM


Quote: Very difficult subject made to look easy, well done ..
Mal

I agree !! Smile

Nishad

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:10 PM

WHOA. My first thought was, "AWESOME pose and light"...and then I looked at V2 and liked it but V1's got the magic.

And then I scrolled down and saw Poochie's GU Award and nodded and grinned in agreement.

Niiiiiice, Steve Smile

A.

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 - 6:18 PM

Great images Steve and very nicely captured.
Shaun

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HobbitDave
13 Mar 2010 - 6:26 PM

Works a treat, Steve, esp v.1. What an expression. Great shot.
Dave.

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7829 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom172 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:35 PM

An excellent shot and really shows the concentration in the cat's face.

Alan.

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tomcat
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13 Mar 2010 - 6:55 PM

you have captured the menacing look to a "T"

Adrian

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bromley-smith
13 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

Excellent, superb, Steve, ran out of adjectives. Congratulations on your editors award for this shot, so richly deserved

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
13 Mar 2010 - 7:23 PM

V1 for me Steve.I like the lighting and its a super capture.

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ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
13 Mar 2010 - 7:25 PM

An amazing capture, the light and detail are fabulous, v1 for me.
Christine

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goso
goso e2 Member 7goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 2:22 AM

A terrific capture Steve - vers. 2 does it for me...Bill

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Dinney
Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 7:01 AM

Superb shot Steve, a nice comp and good detail. Well deserved editors award.
Kev

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sparrowhawk
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14 Mar 2010 - 9:07 AM

i love em but v2 is my fave

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 10:00 AM

A great shot - the intensity portrayed - I personally like a little more detail (somewhere between V1 and 2) the mods look good as well - Nice one

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 - 11:33 AM

What a cracking shot, I really like V2
Peter

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54204 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 11:56 AM

I love this shadowy V1. The style just so suits the animal. Mysterious.
Chris

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Zoundz
Zoundz  5 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 12:45 PM

Gorgeous fur detail - and while I really like version 2 - the shadows on version one do it for me! Smile I agree with Chris above that it suits the shot and the animal.

xx

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 2:11 PM

Super image V1 is my all out favourite - Elizabeth

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KevinWalsham
14 Mar 2010 - 4:15 PM

two cracking images well presented

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VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 6:09 PM

I like both versions, nice detail and colour, well captured
Dave

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Dave_Holdham
14 Mar 2010 - 7:00 PM

V1 is me fav, superb lighting and detail, great shot

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 8:07 PM

Both super ....like how you 'worked' it..
Gerry

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CaptainTweaky
14 Mar 2010 - 9:26 PM

Really like V1 - it has great intensity
David

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jim5955
jim5955  5 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 - 10:08 PM

A brilliant capture

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 10:45 PM

Very well captured with good detail - like you say tricky exposure - I've been to the Otter,Owl and Wildlife park in Ashurst and a nightmare for photography - got some shots to share later, hope they will be as well received as yours Wink - hope you feel better soon - Ina

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redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:42 AM

Two wonderful images Steve.
Martin

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:44 AM

Prefer 1 it seems to have more atmosphere. A wonderful shot. loads of detail. Paul

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RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 2:20 PM

2 very attractive versions of an excellent shot, Steve.
Ronnie.

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM

2 superb shots, and the light +++++
cor

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:58 PM

Nice work Steve,excellent image...................

Tony.

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barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:15 AM

had to make this 90
lovely

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AshTree
AshTree  41702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 7:59 PM

This is such a good photo - not quite pulled it off? I'd have been thrilled with it Wink. I can see why you were tempted to lighten the image for V2, but personally I think V1 is superb, the shadows adding drama and atmosphere which seem very appropriate for this elusive creature.

Theresa

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 6:40 PM

the more i see it the more i love it.lesley

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22 Mar 2010 - 8:53 PM

A terrific image, this is one of your very best and fully deserves all the accolades it has received

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24 Mar 2010 - 11:23 AM

Agree with Glostopcat! Terribly beautiful shot!

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ben_allen
ben_allen  5 England
28 Mar 2010 - 2:38 PM

Just wonderful. Happy to make it 100!
Ben

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TheShipsMast
3 Apr 2010 - 11:55 PM

defo v1 for me.. much more moody...

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Adrian_Reynolds

Superb Steve, ready to pounce.
Adrian

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30 Aug 2011 - 11:02 PM

this is a brilliant shot and i love the light on this one.

Ian.

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10 Sep 2011 - 5:53 PM

Excellent... I do think you pulled it off... stirling work

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