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Female leopard

By AnnChown  
I was inspired by the BBC's three excellent programmes on South Luangwa - Countdown to the Rains - to upload this image of a female leopard which was taken in the Nsefu sector, the place where the programmes were filmed. She was quite content to sit there while we watched from our vehicle - it was 16.41hrs and getting dark already and I see I took this handheld using ISO 2000, so I was lucky to get anything.
Thanks for looking and for any comments and/or criticisms.

Tags: Leopard Eye contact Zambia Wildlife and nature South luangwa

Voters: mrswoolybill, leontari, RonnieAG and 85 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Nov 2013 1:41PM
What a super portrait shot of this leopard, Ann: fine detail captured and that penetrating gaze has been recorded so well too.
There's such good light in the eyes too despite the light fading.
At ISO 2000 I might have expected some noise, esp. in the background area, but I can see no evidence of such whatsoever.
So your Canon 60D in your hands is delivering the goods beautifully.

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19 Nov 2013 1:49PM
Beautiful capture, did you have the noise reduction set in your custom mode?
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 1:56PM

Quote:Beautiful capture, did you have the noise reduction set in your custom mode?

You've got me there - I've no idea... I'll have to check. Smile I probably ran it through some sort of denoise process, but I can't remember which (I processed it a few weeks ago now) - either in Lightroom 5 or in Topaz Denoise.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
19 Nov 2013 1:57PM
Absolutely stunning big cat portrait, Ann. My word. The colours and detail are superb and the background is so clean for ISO 2000!!

One of the best photographs I've seen in a long time. To me this is National Geographic kind of good.

Major kudos on this SmileSmileSmileSmile

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 1:57PM
WOW what an outstanding image Ann, superb detail and so beautifully captured, love it

ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Nov 2013 2:01PM
What a beautiful leopard Ann, a great opportunity to see her so relaxed...superb photography in low light conditions
19 Nov 2013 2:01PM
Superb Ann, excellent detail,
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 2:03PM
Don't really come any better than this one Ann
19 Nov 2013 2:06PM
Wonderful eye contact, stunning detail - simply superb photography, Ann.
And hand held at 2000 ISO - amazing!

rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 2:27PM
A beautiful animal Ann, and didn't she pose nicely for you!....A great image to have in your collection.

19 Nov 2013 2:40PM
Lovely image and well done with the 100-400 I had two first was faulty the second I had to give up, it was very sharp but very heavy and I foundmyself struggling. But a really great shot and one that was worth waiting for.

DerekL 13 191 24 England
19 Nov 2013 3:01PM
Stunning image of a beautiful cat Ann.
Wonderful detail and colours in the eye and fur.
A shot to be really proud of.

fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 3:05PM
Beautiful portrait of an amazing animal, superb clarity and tones Smile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Nov 2013 3:29PM
it would be difficult to imagine taking a better photograph in the conditions GrinGrin
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 3:29PM
An image the standard of which we don't come across much, however when they do come along one can only sit in awe. "Superb"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Nov 2013 3:32PM
A beautiful animal, and what fine capture!
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
19 Nov 2013 4:10PM
Stunning clarity in this excellent portrait of the Female Leopard!!
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 4:13PM
jdinne 15 16 England
19 Nov 2013 4:15PM
Oh wow now that is Stunning Ann, Brilliant

wow stunning photo lovely sharp detail well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
19 Nov 2013 4:42PM
Just superb Ann.

cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 4:44PM
A stunning capture Ann very well done indeed

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 4:51PM
Oh lucky you! Stunning portrait AnnSmile
19 Nov 2013 5:00PM
Excellent image.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
19 Nov 2013 5:01PM
Beautiful eyes in this gorgeous big cat. Well done Ann.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 5:11PM
A superb capture with wonderful eye contact.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
19 Nov 2013 5:21PM
Wonderful !

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 5:36PM
Stunning portrait Ann.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 5:43PM
Thanks everyone for your UAs - I'm thrilled with the response. PMs will follow to each of you.... SmileSmile
Such excellent quality Ann, Top Drawer and crisp colour, the expression is tremendous.


congratulations on all these awards.
19 Nov 2013 6:08PM
Excellent image Ann, a really super shot.

John Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 6:18PM
what a look you have caught so well.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Nov 2013 6:36PM
What a gorgeous shot of a beautiful animal. How wonderful to see this in situ.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 6:41PM
What can I say, Stunning, Ann, the detail and colours are truly amazing, a fantastic image, well done on all those awards, well worth it.
Well done.
Your friend,
Darryl. xxx SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
19 Nov 2013 7:09PM
Beautiful image Ann, a gaggle of awards to prove it !!! Congratulations. Luangwa is amazing.
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 7:45PM
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
19 Nov 2013 8:10PM
gorgeous shot.
9 10 10 England
19 Nov 2013 8:18PM
A stunning portrait of this beautiful animal.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 8:26PM
A really amazing and beautiful image and without a trace of the high ISO setting.

ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 8:29PM
Stunning and worthy of all the accolades
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
19 Nov 2013 9:06PM
Now that is a stunning image Ann - HD quality. The clarity and projection from the screen is top drawer.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 9:21PM
Thank you everybody; I'm thrilled it's going down so well - and Brian (you're so particular!!!!)Blush Grin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 10:02PM
Simply exquisite (reminds me of my dressing gown and new slippersWink).
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 10:08PM
Amazing capture - what wonderful detail in those eyes - and quite different colours too SmileSmile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Nov 2013 10:09PM
Thanks for PM: just so glad the excellence of this shot has been so widely recognised.
Very well done, Ann.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 10:12PM

Quote:Simply exquisite (reminds me of my dressing gown and new slippersWink).

I'm a bit partial to leopard skin myself! GrinGrin
Richsr 11 91 223 England
19 Nov 2013 10:37PM
Excellent Ann.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
19 Nov 2013 11:21PM
Just a super shot here Ann.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
19 Nov 2013 11:43PM
simply excellent.
I really admire your courage to go out there in your car. And your skill to find the right spots !!! I am proud to get a half decent bird in Malaysia.. and find that difficult to find.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2013 8:26AM
Excellent AnnSmile

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Nov 2013 9:20AM
[Quote]and Brian (you're so particular!!!!)[/Quote]
Thanks very much Ann - a lovely complement.Grin
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
20 Nov 2013 10:03AM
Nothing I can add Ann except one of the best Cat portraits I have ever seen.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
20 Nov 2013 12:48PM
It's all been said......and deservedly so. This is special.
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
20 Nov 2013 2:45PM
Absolutely stunning shot!! Fabulous. Ann.
20 Nov 2013 8:50PM
A superb portrait Ann, especially considering the difficult conditions. Well done for all the awards that you've deservedly racked up !!

Briwooly 12 452 5 England
21 Nov 2013 1:51PM
What can you say all the awards say it a stunning image

24 Nov 2013 1:07PM
Ann, what a fantastic image, you can't stop looking at it it big time xxx
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Dec 2013 10:06PM
A magnificent portrait of this beautiful big cat Ann, outstanding wildlife photography from you

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