Leopard Eyes

Leopard Eyes, Linyanti, BotswanaSometimes you can get close. This was a one-year old leopard we observed stalking a pangolin for about three hours. I previously posted about the encounter at this link. We were obviously able to get very close, and I used my long lens (and a generous crop) to zoom in on the leopard’s eyes for this tight portrait.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/5 at 1/160th of a second

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  1. Sue April 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Remarkable colors in the leopard’s eyes!

  2. Rick Derevan April 14, 2017 at 12:30 am #

    Terrific detail for what you describe as a “generous crop.”

    • Sean Crane April 14, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Rick. That’s the bonus of a 36 megapixel D800. I can crop off 2/3rds the frame and still be at full crop on my D300 and 700.

      • Rachel Bellenoit April 14, 2017 at 10:16 am #

        Sean, I’m also enjoying my D800. It definitely was worth the investment! And I’ll be forever grateful to you for your guidance in helping me upgrade my equipment.

  3. Ann Bowe April 14, 2017 at 4:34 am #

    I wish this beautiful creature well! You did him justice with this marvelous, intense portrait.

  4. Peter Butterfield April 14, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    —– No smiling augen here
    —– A gaze serious intense
    —— La belle chat sans merci .

  5. Rachel Bellenoit April 14, 2017 at 10:17 am #


  6. Karen Rose April 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Those are like a cornucopia of amazing colors in the eyes I just want to reach right out and pet him he looks so sweet how can anybody use these animals for coats amazing shot as always

  7. michael huber April 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    cool pic. the pic. looks like it can be used for wall[ paper. )