Madhusudhan Srinivasan  

Thirst Quenching by Madhusudhan Srinivasan

March 2020 - Thirst Quenching

About the Image(s)

On one of those lucky days as explained in my last month’s post, we got to see this majestic male leopard. He looked he had a heavy breakfast when he walked towards our vehicle. He took a long walk towards us and away to find a good spot to quench his thirst. Our driver, being an expert, got us to the prime spot to get a beautiful sight like this. The leopard had a good fill and headed out to safe place on a tree for a nap. It was one of the best sightings of a leopard I have had so far.

Gears used:

Nikon D750, 200-500mm @450mm with bean bag support


1/500, f6.3, ISO400, Centre Weighted Average metering

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Looks like you had a pretty good day since you were able to shoot at a fairly low ISO. Since you did not mention cropping I'm wondering how much of the frame this image represents.

You certainly pulled the trigger at the perfect time as you captured his tongue lapping up the water. That little bit of pink does a lot for the photo. The diagonal line formed by the cat's back leads to the tongue that is perfectly placed on one of the right fixation points.

My only suggestion would be to get lower so you are not shooting down on the cat's back. I don't know if this was possible in that you were in a vehicle but i reference that I was shooting from a boat last weekend and ended up sitting on the floor of the boat to get a lower angle. I wonder if this is possible in the vehicle?

I'm wondering if you got any shots of the cat leaving this location? If he turned toward the camera when he departed that may have been a neat shot. (Will I see it next month?)

This ends up being a perfect portrait of a wild leopard. You did really well with this one.   Posted: 03/06/2020 19:30:16

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Keep em coming Madu! Very beautiful capture of this big cat in the wild, well done. The colors, light, shadows, all seem to be well adjusted. Having the animal in the moment of drinking does make this a great shot and it would have been more awesome to have had him looking right at you.

The body of the cat appears to be a bit fuzzy, but that is likely OK since the face is where your focus seems to be and the capture of his eyes is definitely detailed. I would agree with Larry and would have liked to see a little more lower angle and POV.

I wonder what it would have looked like to have more of a head-on shot. The tail seems a bit encroached by the bank and the opposite bank is a bit distracting, so I would have liked to have seen a different angle with more of a head shot looking towards the back of the cat.   Posted: 03/09/2020 22:39:19
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The far bank does not bother me too much. Perhaps a bit could be cropped from the top and the rest darkened just a bit. Check out my sample below. I agree that a more frontal view would be interesting, which is why I previously noted about any departure shots.   Posted: 03/10/2020 07:36:33
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Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Wow, what an opportunity you had photographing such a beautiful animal. I am extremely envious of such an opportunity. A beautiful cat for sure and the action of the cat in its environment really complements the image. The background does not bother me much and could easily be darkened to almost completely hide all the detail. You would then have a clean background and that would have enhanced the view of the Leopard. As far as getting into a position to get a better angle to the cat you may have had to exit the vehicle, slid down a stream bank and I just don't see that as being a good thing to do. An image to be proud of.
  Posted: 03/10/2020 15:31:44

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Another great shot of a big cat. Perfect pose - especially showing the tongue. Sharp enough. Well composed - I like the grass in the foreground and corner. There's something black in the corner among the grass that might could be removed.   Posted: 03/13/2020 15:59:22
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Wow Michael, sharp eye to see that dark spot.

The only problem with this image is that I wish I had taken it! Good shot Madhu!   Posted: 03/14/2020 08:55:31

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 &80
Am I ever jealous. Spent 2 weeks in Kenya 32 years ago and never got this lucky....caught the other 4 of the big five and even saw a cheetah kill, but at that time, no lens long enough to capture it.

Excellent image maybe just a little cropping would help.   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:41:22

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Any time you get to see a leopard that clear is a good day. You were able to keep the leopard lighter and stand out from a muddled back ground which is great. Good capture   Posted: 03/19/2020 06:55:54