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.
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.
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 !!
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.