Amur Leopard - Click To Enlarge

Amur Leopard A Favorite Subject

In the heading image here he doesn’t look to be that fierce.  I’m sure that’s not really true having seen his teeth and penetrating stares.

What prompted me to develop a few new images is a recent footnote to an article I recently read. Their numbers in the wild have suddenly decreased after a period of a sustained population increase. No mention of a cause was in the article.

Amur Leopard - Click To Enlarge
Amur Leopard – Click To Enlarge
Amur Leopard - Click To Enlarge
Amur Leopard – Click To Enlarge

These are difficult shots for me. Patience is not one of my strong points. There are both bars and a fence between us and the cats. In order to get a clear photograph we need to:

  1. be at a certain angle to fade the fencing visibility.
  2. sunlight should be dull to avoid any glare on the fence metal.
  3. focus has be dynamic (AI Servo) as they move,  then single as soon as there is no motion. Back button focus is critical.

We spent an afternoon once and did not get a single good shot.  It’s still better than working in an office.

 

 

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