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November 18, 2012
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1/400 second
Focal Length
300 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 24, 2012, 1:26:41 PM
GIMP 2.6.12
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Spots by darkSoul4Life Spots by darkSoul4Life
Bess has some very beautiful pattern on her fur. It's also somehow relaxing observing her sleeping.

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Location: Zoo Krefeld
Species: Jaguar (Panthera Onca)
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Wow! This is such a gorgeous photograph. Instantly caught my eye in my inbox.

I love that its not a typical "big cat" photo that you see in everyone's galleries. The fact this caught my attention without the head of the cat, especially without cat eyes because that seems to be a critical point of big cat photos proves it is amazing.

I never knew that in the big Jaguar's spots there were smaller spots. Now I do, and it is thanks to this photo. The detail alone is enough to make this photo breathtaking but the depth of field of it is startling. The blur just adds to the overall awesomeness.

Love it!
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Beautiful and simple. I really love this. :heart:
Aikin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
The spots look like Maya script. I wonder if the ancient civilizations of Central America were inspired by it.

Very nice.
Pokemon4PWN Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is so beautiful, and I wish I could be there with her, too! I'd love to see how soft her fur is, and how fast she can sprint!
luna-paws Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous markings, I love this photo !! Do you work at the zoo ? How were you able to take such a close shot ?? Or is that your zoom ?!
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't work at any zoo, I'm just a hobby photographer ;)
Well zoom is something very inaccurate because the lens I used has a 3x zoom but has a much greater magnification than my other zoom lens with 3x zoom. And I also have a lens which has no zoom at all but which I could have used too for this photo. But yeah I used a pretty strong magnification to get such a close photo from a distance (300mm focal length with the EOS 400D means a total focal length of 480mm). That might give you a good idea what that means: [link]
Btw going into an enclosure with a jaguar in it will end deadly even for people who work at a zoo.
luna-paws Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ! Thanks for sending me the link on the focal length, I am upgrading my camera, getting a newer one for Christmas, and will start looking into photography. I'm hoping to eventually be able to buy one of the good $600 Canon ones, but I gotta find a job first.
Your photos are beautiful !!
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That sounds nice but the lens is more important than the camera so you should think about getting an older camera but a pretty good lens if you're planning to get a D-SLR. And do yourself a favor and never think about buying one of these superzoom lenses (these 18-200; 18-270; 18-300 and so on) because you won't get a better image quality than with a point and shoot camera then. These superzoom things are soft, have less contrast and cost as much as two decent lenses that cover the same focal length range.
Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this, beautiful photo :heart:
Lunchi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I love that she has 6 spots in her one fur circle. I thought they can not have more than 3 or 4. Thats amazing.
pergamjee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
wow ... this is soooooo ... INTENSE!! Love it.
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