Auribins

Auribins

Posted on 08/30/2014


Photo taken on August 28, 2014


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Graham Chance
Graham Chance
Fabulous eye contact on this David and I like the way he/she is peering from behind the tree trunk stalking you.
3 years ago.
Rachel2
Rachel2
Wonderful portrait! That stare is hypnotic!
3 years ago.
Vicky Hollenbeck
Vicky Hollenbeck
Awwe, what a cutie :) Well composed photo, great context.
3 years ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
Interesting series, David. I really like the expression on this one and the whiskers are awesome.
3 years ago.
Vicky Hollenbeck
Vicky Hollenbeck
IMO: I really like the way this is composed David...the face of the leapard (?) is nicely framed between the line of the tree on the left and the curve of the log above and to the right. Also, great eye contact and lovely catch lights in the eyes. Great focus as well, those whiskers really do stand out!

I think the shot might be improved a bit by decreasing the highlights on the top of the log, which look a bit hot to me. I also wonder if cropping down a bit from the top might help to really emphasize the cat more too. I realize you have the eyes on the thirds, but I think it would still be off center enough if cropped down because the face is still shifted to the right of the image.

Very lovely photo and you're so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time for it!
3 years ago.
Jean-Marc Bureau
Jean-Marc Bureau
IMO
The obvious strength here is the strong eye contact, supported by an academic third and a relatively short focal distance. No exif, but i bet we are far from the handful of hundreds of millimeters that is so common to wildlife photography i guess.
The other side of the same coin is that, like James, i feel uncomfortable with wild animals in captivity, and in turn with photographs of captive animals. Biased portaits in a sense, the subject cannot be at its best because constrained against its nature.
Having said that, the fragility arising from being in captivity is perfectly transmitted by the image, an overall neutral attitude, the body remaining well protected by the trees while the eye are looking for information about what the photographer is doing or intending to do.
Technically, perfect focus on the eyes and medium depth of field which emphasises the eyes while providing environmental information. The highlights in the upper right corner tend to divert the attention off the subject, but it was the right choice to expose for the eyes here.
3 years ago.