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By wildatheart  
Taken at Central Park Zoo in New York. I was hoping to give the impression that the snow leopard was taken in the wild.

Tags: New york Zoo Snow leopard Wildlife and nature

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Raamir 6
22 Nov 2013 10:46PM
Top click Grin

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jacquig 6 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2013 11:07PM
A stunning shot. Beautifully captured. Smile
pablophotographer 8 1.5k 368
22 Nov 2013 11:53PM
At 200mm according to an old Olympus advert you 'Look braver than you are'.

It looks like you intended to look.

fificat100 9 5 2 Scotland
23 Nov 2013 12:06AM
Super. Love the eye contact..

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2013 7:40AM
Super shot. I've tried a mod. The eyes should almost shine. I think that face will be even better given a boost with the dodge tool whilst darkening the rest just a bit?

23 Nov 2013 10:21AM
Many thanks for the comments and critique... and Paul Broad, I like the mod, it just gives it a bit more of an edge, thank you.
gwynn56 8 87 England
23 Nov 2013 11:54AM
beautiful capture Smile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2013 3:33PM
I think you succeeded in making the snow leapard look as if it's in the wild, Alison, because there are no signs of captivity and you have captured the animal coming forward from behind a rock, adding drama, as if he has seen you and is coming towards you.
You have focused on the face using a shallow depth of field, giving a nice blur to the background, creating even more atmosphere. The viewer is drawn directly to those glaring eyes and the open mouth.
As to the eyes, the left one is darker than the right one, despite the overall exposure on the face looking balanced.

In my modification I have cropped to place those wonderful eyes on a thirds intersection (or thereabouts, there being two of them), and to have the foreground rock edge and the edge of the leopard's body meeting at the bottom frame edge. There is also more leopard and less rock in the frame. I did a clarity adjustment and a bit of overall sharpening. Then I selected the left eye, brightened it, cloned in a bit of detail to the iris, made the catchlight larger to match the right eye, and selectively sharpened both eyes, whiskers and mouth.

On reflection, comparing my crop with your original, yours shows a lot more depth to the background, showing the area that the animal has walked from, and perhaps gives more of the "wild" atmosphere that you were seeking.

By the way, I think you have a very exciting portfolio.

23 Nov 2013 5:28PM
Thank you so much Pamela, I can see what you have done for the mod... looks great, but as you say, less like the feeling of being in the wild. Many thank also for the compliment on my portfolio, I can see my improvement over the years! So thank you again so much.
Niknut Plus
10 2.5k 82 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2013 5:37PM
Wow !!........great shot !!
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2013 7:36PM
A really lovely capture with the eye contact and both the mods are superb.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4095 Canada
24 Nov 2013 4:03AM
Its a good pose, and it does look like its in the wild. New York City is close enough to wild anyway.

I would like to see it with less of a blue tone, and more blur in the areas already blurred; sharper face; eyes less blue, just a little, they tend to be grey, very light blue or yellow.

Uploaded mod. View large.


24 Nov 2013 8:29AM
Thanks Willie, nice mod... interesting to see the image less 'blue', and wasn't sure how far to blur, but that looks good. Thank you!

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