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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..
Eric


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...







Mar 31, 2012 at 07:52 AM
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Wow, the wild cat is nice but the leopard is an absolute stunner Eric. Great work!
David



Mar 31, 2012 at 08:45 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Late night snack


Very nice comparisons man!


Mar 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
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Works even better if you drop the middle image out Eric. The first is very good and the last a beauty. Iím heading out into the gloom for some soft light fun.

Morris



Mar 31, 2012 at 01:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Late night snack


Excellent shots Eric . Last one is just stunning!

Birdie



Mar 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
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The Wild Cat is a real treat Eric!! They might be grabs but a grab that works is an exhibition of skill. Grabs are so easy to muck up and muck up you didn't!

But oh my the Leopard is a stunner Super duper buddy!

Tim



Mar 31, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Late night snack


hopefully you're not gonna be dessert! all of these are great but big guy really stands out for me.


Mar 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM
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leopard with Mckitten is cool.


Mar 31, 2012 at 03:30 PM
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Every big cat pic is neat to look at. This is no exception. Nice set An...Eric!


Mar 31, 2012 at 03:39 PM
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David Leask wrote:
Wow, the wild cat is nice but the leopard is an absolute stunner Eric. Great work!
David


+1, the big cat is real cool.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Late night snack


Wow Eric! would love to see an African wildcat someday, maybe even get a picture or two - what a treat, nice captures!
Leopard is an awesome shot.... you did a fine job!
Kevin



Mar 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Late night snack


Wow, these are the "Cat's Meow".


Mar 31, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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#3 is excellent Eric


Mar 31, 2012 at 05:44 PM
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Eric- I agree completely with what David said and with all the others who agree with what David said (the benefit of being first to comment ).
That leopard shot is a supah dupah poopah scoopah!
Charlie



Mar 31, 2012 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Late night snack


Very nice Eric, but oh #3 is killer, nice work here.

John



Mar 31, 2012 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Late night snack


It's hard to think of that cute Wild Cat as potential prey. Those eyes are beautiful! That Lepard shot is amazing!
Nancy



Mar 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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David Leask wrote:
Wow, the wild cat is nice but the leopard is an absolute stunner Eric. Great work!
David

Thank you David. I was more than pleased to get that shot at that hour of the day. I don't always take a tripod with me on safari but with only two of us in the vehicle it worked perfectly and came in very handy.
Eric



Mar 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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Conrad Tan wrote:
Very nice comparisons man!

Thanks Conrad...little cats are cool too!
Eric



Mar 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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morris wrote:
Works even better if you drop the middle image out Eric. The first is very good and the last a beauty. Iím heading out into the gloom for some soft light fun.

Morris

Thanks Morris...hope you got some things to bloom in the gloom. The second shot really was a documentary one to show the whole animal...for me it's not always about getting the perfect shot...behavioral ones even though less good photographically can none the less be interesting.
Eric



Mar 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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birdied wrote:
Excellent shots Eric . Last one is just stunning!

Birdie

Very kind of you Roberta...sometimes we get lucky with poses and such.
Eric



Mar 31, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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