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Proud emerald eyed big Paw by darkSoul4Life Proud emerald eyed big Paw by darkSoul4Life
I hate taking photos through glass. Reflections are the most annoying thing and I can't use my circular polarizer because the end of my lens rotates when focusing -.-

Anyways this is again the Snow Leopard (Uncia Uncia or Panthera Uncia) from the zoo of cologne.

They're one of the most beautiful animals but poachers don't care about what wonderful animals they are, so the snow leopard is going toward extinction..

More shots of this beauty:


Camera: Canon EOS 400D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300
Cropped to get rid of reflections..



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coeur83 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Magnifiques photos de ce superbe fauve qu'est la panthère des neiges ! Dommage que comme beaucoup d'autres espèce, elle soit menacée et en voie d'extinction !
pas de respect de la vie, juste celui de l'argent ! Dommage !
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zortharg Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Why is it that almost all snow leopards have the same face. I've seen a few exceptions.... I have a poster of one such exception, you only know it's a snow leopard because of the coat pattern. But to me it's kind of hard to call them beautiful when they all look the same.
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Defgon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hes big for a small head
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mqRina Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ich finde schneeleoparden so knuffig, leider habe ich nur den schwanz von ihm runterbaumeln sehen als ich letztens im zoo war :( tolles foto!
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke :) So erging es mir auch das erste Mal an dem ich einen Schneeleoparden gesehen habe (das war in Krefeld).
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fishburger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wirklich eines deiner besseren Photos. ^^
Eventuell hättest du ihn noch von weiter unten fotographieren können um ihn pompöser wirken zu lassen, aber so ist es auch völlig in Ordnung.
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen Dank :)
Naja eigentlich war das Photo so wie dieses: [link] aufgenommen, nur machten starke Reflektionen es zunichte, weshalb ich nen Ausschnitt nehmen musste um das Photo noch zu retten.
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hieroglyphic-lion Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
oh wow, you have really captured the beauty of the animal :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :hug:
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MissLoony Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Photographer
I hate shooting through glass too :( It can ruin a good photo! But this photo is amazing!I love the powerful gaze of the leopard!
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:icondarksoul4life:
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. Glass is far worse than fence, even if I use my point and shoot camera..
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MissLoony Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Photographer
I have the same problem,with the point and shoot or with the dslr camera,glass can ruin any picture >< sometimes photoshop helps to remove some stains but I hate to do that,I barely retouch my pictures and I barely know how to use photoshop D:
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Big Paw Pretty 8D
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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circaengage Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
they are so stubby but cute rofl!
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Snow Leopards are one of the most beautiful animals, they're very majestic :)
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KarashiaWolf Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Das nenn ich mal kräftige Pfötchen. XD
Bzw Pranken. o__o

Super Foto,wie immer. XD
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh ja ^^
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Twins72 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
echt starkes foto so tolle augen :-)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen lieben Dank :)
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Twins72 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
gerne :heart:
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
Dafür, dass ich in Köln nur Schnappschüsse machen konnte, sind es dennoch ein paar tolle Bilder geworden ^^ (die anderen zwei waren nicht dafür stundenlang zu warten xD)
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Twins72 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ja ist schon schwer jemanden zu finden der stunden damit verbringen kann sich die tollen tiere anzuschauen ....
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You always capture the noble essence of your subject. :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :) That is one of the things I would like to show in my photos. It also is what I see in the animals.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
And you pull it off very well! :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you again :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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redbeard31 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks for the link! i have to shoot through wire fence for amur and snow leopards, but all the other cats are open air exhibits.
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was my pleasure :) I'm used to shoot through wire fence, it's not a problem for me anymore but glass? It's the worst thing ever.
The open air enclosures also have the disadvantage that you can't use a low angle.
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redbeard31 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
glass is definitely the worst. it's the reason i have very few primate and reptile pictures in my gallery.
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Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
By all means...HATE the glass, KILL the glass, BAN the glass :anger: (and the children who get it so goddamn dirty =p)
And it's so funny, I photographed these snowleopards too (been to Cologne last autumn), they're so damn gorgeous :love: Love how the eyes stand out in this shot.
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:icondarksoul4life:
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah glass between animals and us is the most annoying thing. I wish there wouldn't be glass or fence even if it means it's much more dangerous.
Many thanks :)
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