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Leopard with impala kill

By LensYews      
We came across this Leopard with a recent Impala kill on our first day of Safari in Sabi Sands reserve in South Africa last year. The camera was set to 1/60 F5.6 (wide open as the light was fading) ISO 800 focal length 263mm with Partial metering and white balance set to cloudy.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
15 May 2009 1:31PM
Well captured.
The sky hasn't been too helpful - but there isn't much you can do about that.
I might be tempted to crop the top to lose some of the bland sky and the distracting dark intrusion in the top right corner.


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15 May 2009 1:35PM
Wonderful shot, you would be pleased to get it.

Newtman 12 2 5
15 May 2009 1:47PM
I have posted some suggested modifications, I never thought about the crop, but it is a good idea. The shot will not appeal to everyone, but personally I think it is a superb shot of what the struggle for life in the wild is all about.

shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 9:41PM
Oh wow this is superb very well spotted and captured the only thing I would do personally would be to get rid of the top bit of the shot which too me is doing nothing but SUPERB wow
rowarrior 10 4.4k 9 Scotland
15 May 2009 10:08PM
I saw a similar sight at Sabi Sands in October 07, amazing how they get them up the tree! Hope you enjoyed your stay Smile
16 May 2009 1:34AM
"Nature, red in tooth and claw". Great shot.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
17 May 2009 12:36AM
Congratulations on a terrific shot.

As above, - the bright sky has made the main event a tad dark, - and the shy itself is drab, - but this is not about the sky.

In the mod I suggest:

Crop close at the top.

Use curves, and brighten the animals.


Hope this is helpful,



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