Vella Kendall  


Stalking Jaguar by Vella Kendall

May 2021 - Stalking Jaguar

May 2021 - Vella Kendall

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About the Image(s)

Canon 7Dii Canon 100-400 at 300MM 1/1250 sec f/5.6 ISO 800

This beautiful cat was taken in the Pantanal in Brazil and I am forever grateful I was able to go the year before covid. Taken from a boat at 8:18AM. Processed in Lightroom Classic. I flipped the image horizontally. Selected the jaguar with the radial filter, inverted and darkened the background. I then selected parts of the jaguar to lighten different parts and pushed more yellow from the white balance. In Photoshop I cloned out some leaves beneath his chin. My goal is to make the jaguar pop and stand out from the background.


6 comments posted




Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vela, I believe this is a follow up to your image from last January 2021. The big cat is filling the frame, and the flip gives him/her room and direction to walk into. Very sharp and also has an important environment component. Indeed you were pretty close to the cat. The colors are well balanced. I see you removed the leaves touching the animal's chin. Permitted here or in color images competitions, but not in pure nature sections.
Great image.   Posted: 05/04/2021 15:47:02



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thank you. I never enter anything into nature because I generally clone something out but good reminder. If is the one I am thinking about she is taking the next step from my other photo. I didn't realize that I submitted that.   Posted: 05/04/2021 15:53:43



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thank you. I never enter anything into nature because I generally clone something out but good reminder. If is the one I am thinking about she is taking the next step from my other photo. I didn't realize that I submitted that.   Posted: 05/04/2021 18:48:05



Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Vella, thanks for the detailed explanation of your post-processing work. For me I really like the increased brightness of the tiger contrasted to the darker background. I feel that this leads my eye to the jaguar and holds it there as a strong fixation point.

In the VF I have lightened the left side of the jaguar's face (the right side as we view it) to make all of his head standout a bit more. For me the histogram showed too much total black so I also slightly lightened the shadows.

AS always I would be interested in your thoughts.   Posted: 05/05/2021 13:59:42
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I appreciate your input and your edits. I like the subtle lighting of the face and do feel it does enhance it. I am still not sure about my flip.   Posted: 05/09/2021 14:24:17



Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Nice image, vella. The flip makes the cat move from left to right which is the way that western minds work (we read from left to right) so it seems more natural. I like what you have done to make the animal stand out. Good sharpness and crop.   Posted: 05/10/2021 10:17:36



 

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