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Leopard Cub, Okonjima by Jon Allanson

May 2020 - Leopard Cub, Okonjima

May 2020 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

Taken in the Okonjima Reserve (home of the Africat Foundation) on my trip to Namibia in March. The young leopard was resting up in a tree with its mother and the remains of an impala kill.

Taken on my Fuji XT2 with 100-400 mm lens at 192mm, f8, 1/40 sec, ISO 1600. Basic corrections were applied in Lightroom, then the image taken into Photoshop. The white highlights in the sky through the tree were darkened and coloured by painting over the image with a low opacity pale blue in darken mode. The image was sharpened with the High Pass filter and its mask filled with 50% opacity grey, then the main subject areas painted over with white before applying overlay blend. A number of twigs in front of the cub were cloned out, and the image cropped down to concentrate attention on its face.

9 comments posted

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
I like the composition with the head on the side, resting on the tree and looking inwards, framed by the tree on the right. You have caught the mood of the relaxed and assured cub. The eyes catch my interest and are sharp.
I may have been tempted to lighten the left eye a little. the rest of the cub is a little soft..
Well done. leopards in trees are hard to come by!   Posted: 05/03/2020 03:48:51
Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I have lightened the eyes slightly on my master file and it does make a good improvement. The slight softness that you see on some of the fur, isa product of reducing the file size and the JPEG conversion and subsequent further size/qulity reaction for this web site.   Posted: 05/08/2020 09:51:01

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
The composition is strong and the images presents the feel of an exhausted cat. Tough life.

I feel the by bringing some life to the eyes, especially the left eye it would improve the image. Any thoughts on this type of edit?   Posted: 05/03/2020 14:41:36

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Pretty kitty. Gosh, no one else is bothered by the hanging cluster of leaves to right of his head. Must just be me. I love the framing and the eyes.   Posted: 05/08/2020 08:21:32
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Good catch Becca.. the green leaves could be removed if for pictorial purposes.   Posted: 05/15/2020 12:42:31

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
Great shot of that cat.The detail in the fur is very attractive, Although you darkened the background, I would suggest darkening a bit more still.   Posted: 05/09/2020 17:09:23

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Great catch. I am a bit bothered by the branches hanging down around his face. I would also try to put a catch in his right eye.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:11:52

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Really nice composition and framing of this big cat. Overall it seems a little bright since he-she is probably in shade.   Posted: 05/15/2020 12:43:34

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Beautiful image. You processed it well, and I love the colors and texture of the leopard's fur. the left eye is darker than the right and could be lightened a bit. Such a relaxed pose. What a great shot for a last hurrah of travel before the pandemic hit!   Posted: 05/19/2020 17:54:57


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