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May 15, 2012
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Bess by darkSoul4Life Bess by darkSoul4Life
May I introduce Bess one more time to you? She's the female jaguar (Panthera Onca) from the krefelder zoo.

Some people need to manipulate a photo to get a black background. Well I don't. She stayed in front of a little cave which made it possible for me to capture her with that black background ^.^ Thank you Bess.
(However I had to remove aberration around her)

Have a look at the following website for information about jaguars.
    German: Jaguar
    English: coming sooner or later.. (I'm currently too busy)

Comments as well as critiques are much appreciated :)

More photos of the amazing Bess:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III


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Wow! What attracted me to this photograph was the contrast of the animal to the black background. This technique is so effective in animal photography, and it definitely works here. It shows strength, freedom, and bravery of this beautiful jaguar. However, this technique is also widely used among many animal photographers, so I have seen it done so many times. But as you described above, this black background was not edited, so well done on working with what you have! The profile is appropriate for this piece; the jaguar appears to be watching something, and the audience is left wondering what she could be strongly gazing at. Overall, this work is inspiring and bold. Well done!
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Bess is beautiful, as is this photograph of her. The composition and arrangement is just perfect - it was very nice of her to stand in front of the cave so you could get that lovely black background!

The focus is really good, keeping the details precise and sharp around her face (and those whiskers!), fading into slight softness towards her shoulders. With the plain background, that slight shift in focus gives the image a sense of depth which really works.

To be honest, there's nothing I would suggest to improve this photograph. It's gorgeous just as it is and a joy to look at.
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xXAluri-SkullcatXx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Would it be possible to reference this for a realism drawing? ^^ I don't mind if not, I just really love the position and would love to use it as a reference.
M-N-A Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
xXDaysha-Chan32Xx Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing and completely stunning. Beautiful work!
fishburger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Du solltest Bess öfter fotographieren. Irgendwie scheint sie dir die besten Bilder einzubringen. ^^
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sie ist ja auch neben Porgy und einen unserer Hunde das perfekte Photomodel :D Jetzt mal ehrlich, manchmal hat man das Gefühl, sie möchte photographiert werden, allerdings glaube ich, dass es ihr eher egal ist. Ok und einmal sagte sie mir sehr deutlich, ich soll keine Photos mehr machen, nur habe ich das erst nachher auf einen der Photos gesehen.. Tja wenn man einen Sucher hat, der alles was man sieht auch noch verkleinert, entgeht einen sowas leider schonmal während man dadurch guckt..
Velvet-Paw Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Der Gesichtsausdruck ist so typisch für sie. Klasse Bild.
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen lieben dank :hug: Ja das ist mir schon aufgefallen, sie ist auch eine wirklich faszinierende Katze. Wenn man sich auch mal ihr Fellmuster genauer ansieht, entdeckt man, dass zwei ihrer Rosetten auf ihrer linken Seite wie ein Herz aussehen.
Velvet-Paw Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh ja, sie ist wirklich wunderschön.Muss aber gestehen, dass Porgy mein Liebling im Krefelder Zoo ist. Kann nicht sagen woran es liegt aber er hat einfach was.
Chikrata Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It came out looking really good! It almost looks like a studio shot - or even a drawing!
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. You're not the only one thinking so :)
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