Vella Kendall  

Out of the Shadows by Vella Kendall

January 2021 - Out of the Shadows

January 2021 - Vella Kendall


About the Image(s)

ISO 800, f/6.3 1/400
Canon 7D II Canon 100-400 II

How I did it. Another one taken when I was in the Pantanal, taken from a boat. Cropping, darkening the edges with NIK Color EFex “darken-lighten center” I felt the eyes were soft and so I added extra Texture from Lightroom and Texture for the whole photo. In Photoshop I cloned a lot hit spots amongst the trees darkened some other areas.

5 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80.
You really brought this guy out of the shadows. His expression leaves me wondering whether he's just relaxing or getting ready to pounce out of that tree to grab some prey.
Very well done.   Posted: 01/02/2021 11:10:13
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for your kind comments. This is one of my many favorites.   Posted: 01/02/2021 11:13:58

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, you ended up with a sharp image in spite of the maxi crop. There is some noise but not disturbing. Your PP brought out detail. The eyes of the leopard are looking at you. Indeed he is ready to jump. The surrounding vegetation and logs create a nice frame to it.   Posted: 01/05/2021 10:08:27

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Nice piece of work, Vella. The crop is just right to bring our attention directly on to this beautiful beast. You also brought him out of the shadows very well. He looks sharp at this size so very well done for a hand held shot from a moving boat.   Posted: 01/07/2021 09:51:29

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella what an amazing image you must have been overjoyed to not only get this opportunity but to capture it so well,you have done a great job with such a large and your focus point was spot on the eyes are pin sharp.I was thinking you have another option with this image you could also use a larger crop on this and show the animals enviroment and still have the same impact just a thought I have just lightened slightly and done a quick crop not sure what you think.   Posted: 01/14/2021 12:33:43
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