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I would love to hop on a plane and go to Russia's Amur forest or the mountains of Pakistan or Bhutan but even I think that's a bit much. But to see 2 of the most reclusive cats in the world that is what you have to do....or you could drive 15 minutes to a local zoo. I typically do not like zoo pix (as I've said) but I tried to come up with some shots that do not "scream" zoo other than the unique animals photographed. I also did not shoot a single one of these through glass...so how do you get images like this without being eaten? Most of the enclosures have chicken wire/mesh fences with fairly wide spaces. The trick...and I know I'm not giving away info that almost everyone here doesn't already know, is to shoot wide open to really limit the dof and make sure the animal is far enough back from the fence so that the mesh is rendered invisible. Of course, that means that not all the animal will be in focus so concentrating on the eye is really important. Here are a few examples...I know not everyone will be able to shoot some of the stuff I have in Africa and the like, but that doesn't mean you can't find a way to get some neat images of some very cool animals.
Eric

1 Amur leopard close up (I just notice the diffraction pattern to the leopard's left...will have to fix that)






2 Amur leopard even more close up






3 Snow leopard in your face






4 Snow leopard






5 Snow leopard...very close to the fence with very shallow dof






6 Jaguar on a bolder and fallen branch







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Mar 04, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Leopards of remote regions


Very nice set and having never tried shooting at the zoo - the tips are greatly appreciated
For me, the last shot is the one I enjoyed the most

Bob



Mar 04, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Leopards of remote regions


The first and last 2 are my picks Eric. Many don't realize the challenges of getting good natural looking zoo images. You did well.

Morris



Mar 04, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Leopards of remote regions


Another great set of cat, Eric. #1, 2, 6 are beautiful.

- Tam



Mar 04, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Leopards of remote regions


A terrific set, Eric.
I agree about the difficulty in shooting without any "give-away zoo" clues.
Same kind of problem I have with some western US ghost towns- it sort of messes it up if in the lower corner of a window there's a sticker that says: "We accept VISA and MasterCard."
Charlie



Mar 04, 2013 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Leopards of remote regions


Love the jag. They are possible in the wild. Snow leopards are really tough and the amur is ridiculous. Nice rendering. Don


Mar 04, 2013 at 02:52 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Leopards of remote regions


Lovely work Eric


Mar 04, 2013 at 02:53 AM
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Except for the cut log end in the last shot, not a hint of zoo in these Eric. I like them all but 4 and 5 stand out for me ~ Ron


Mar 04, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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Oh how I would love to see a snow leopard in the wild!!! What an experience that would be.

I'm not a fan of zoo shots either but these are wonderful zoo shots Eric. 5 is a stunner, great work with the dof, that REALLY works well in my eyes.

Super job all around, maybe I should get to practicing

Tim



Mar 04, 2013 at 03:31 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Leopards of remote regions


no picks here Eric.. i like them all


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Leopards of remote regions


Super set of felines Eric !!!


Mar 04, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Leopards of remote regions


Beautiful animals. Last one is my fav.
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Mar 04, 2013 at 03:44 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Leopards of remote regions


Nice work, number 6 for me.


Mar 04, 2013 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Leopards of remote regions


Really popping out the screen these, quality.

Tim



Mar 04, 2013 at 03:57 PM
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I really like the 4th and 5th images. Wild snow leopards are so elusive... it would be a rare treat just to see one working the mountains of Central Asia let alone photograph one. The isolation in your two images really accentuate the beauty and power in the cat.

nice work.
bruce



Mar 04, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Leopards of remote regions


Great job on these, Eric. None of these "screams" zoo Well, except the last one may be
I really like the first one best
The cut lips doesn't do for me much in the second shot. Here is a suggestion. Crop the shot higher above the nose: just the eyes. Brighten them a bit and see how it looks.
Shooting at the zoo can be fun and challenging at the same time. You did good!
Socrate



Mar 04, 2013 at 04:58 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Leopards of remote regions


Another excellent set of un-zoo-like shots Eric, well done
David



Mar 04, 2013 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Leopards of remote regions


I can't thank you all enough for taking the time to comment on zoo pix. While there is obviously something missing taking shots of captive animals it can still be fun and challenging. As much as I like to shoot in the wild this was a very cool day and at only 5 miles from my house it couldn't be more convenient.
Eric



Mar 05, 2013 at 03:59 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Leopards of remote regions


great work eric, these are up to your usual high standards. i like the first and last: one for the headshot and one for the body shot. such amazing beasts....

dorian



Mar 05, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Leopards of remote regions


Great job on minimizing the zoo feel here Eric... 1, 3, and 6 are best in show for me.
Very well done my friend.

Kirk



Mar 05, 2013 at 05:21 AM
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