I figured that 'Inquisitive' was a better title for this portrait of a captive Leopard than perhaps 'Leopard looking at photographic tutor standing on roof of cage with chicken' although somewhat less accurate.
There are plenty of togs on here that will perhaps recognise that nicked left ear - there is a very very similar image in one of Chris Weston's old books and possibly alos in one mof Andy Rouse's.
I cannot recall the name of this magnificent beast but this was taken at the infamous 'Santago Rare Leopard Project' and was my 2nd ever workshop with John Wright at the beginning of a rewarding but very expensive friendship.
As per a comment from a fellow tog a day or two ago, we all start somewhere (or words to that effect) - here you will see that although the image is (i believe) quite reasonable and the exif exhibits a little knowledge, i have to wonder why i was using 200 ISO and not higher given the rule of reciprocity!
For the newer or less experienced
i am shooting at 350mm on a (1.3x) crop-sensor cameraso ideally my shutter speed should be at least 1 / (350 x1.3) in order to avoid camera shake - it can be avoided by resting against a ledge / cage / window etc but in this instance i could have reduced or eliminated the potential issue by using a higher ISO.
Use of negative exposure compensation reduces the potential for blown highlights but also gives greater shutter speed for a given ISO and aperture as you are telling the camera to expose darker than the average so the shutter is faster to allow in less light.
Do drop me a line or call if this is not clear.
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