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It was pretty dark when we came upon this leopard that had made a meal of a cousin, an african wild cat. By the time we found it most of the prey had been consumed so the images are really very tame and should hopefully not offend anyone. I believe I had my 1D3/300 2.8 locked down on a tripod so was able to shoot at iso 1600 f3.2 1/15sec...thankfully, the leopard cooperated and stayed perfectly still. This shot and a few more, albeit with poorer composition, were far better than the flattened images I got less than 5 minutes later when flash was needed. I am hopeful that the newer generation cameras are able to produce images like these at 6400 without flash...then I don't have to worry as much about shutter speed and can have some f stop latitude. I believe this photo would blow up nicely to at least 16x20 and maybe 20x30 if I chose to do so without losing quality or adding too much noise.
I was hoping one of the new Canon or Nikon cameras could do this...and at a significantly higher mp..
1 African wild cat happy healthy and not on the menu..pretty much of a grab shot...it is very uncommon to see these guys during daylight hours
2 African wild cat being a nocturnal stealth hunter....again, not so easy to get an open look and more of a documentary shot as the flash really flattened out the image and gives a side eye/red eye
3 Leopard (1D3/iso1600/f3.2@1/20s)...I can't wait to be able to shoot this with the same amount of noise at iso 6400...