Nikon D800, 400mm, 1/640, f/4, ISO 1250
Sabi Sabi, South Africa
As this male leopard made his way into a drainage line, we moved around and positioned ourselves on the opposite side to wait.
The angle wasn’t quite ideal due to the topography of the area, but as the spotted cat walked up the road towards us, his head popped into a ray of morning light which, for this split second, accentuated the intense focused look on his face. The yellow grass in the foreground was rendered very soft and out of focus due to the focal length and chosen aperture.
I know many wildlife photographers get very petty about grass in front of a subject, but I believe that you can only shoot what you see and in this case, the inclusion of the grass in the foreground not only anchors the frame but also gives the viewer of the image a sense of the environment and makes them feel a part of the scene.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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