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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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:iconhecklinghyena:
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  Professional Writer
Beautiful and simple. I really love this. :heart:
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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.
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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!
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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 ?!
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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.
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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 !!
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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.
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this, beautiful photo :heart:
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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.
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pergamjee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
wow ... this is soooooo ... INTENSE!! Love it.
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Dawnchaser Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, what a beautiful coat she has!
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
She's more beautiful when she's awake and looks at you hungrily ;)
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Rose131313 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love it. It is a unique picture from a perspective you don't see very often. Yet you immediately recognize it as a panthera onca fur pattern.
I also love the fact that you put your focus on the pattern and not on the sleeping cat.
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you a lot. I think I'll try a bit focus stacking next time if she's sleeping.
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't wait to see those photos!
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well you have to wait a while. I have winter break because it's impossible to take animal photos with my pretty old camera when having such bad light conditions.. I wish I could but I can't :(
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's fineI can wait ;)
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KnightsAndDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do agree with Heckling Hyena... this is beautiful, original :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :) I think I should take more different captures than those you see more often.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, it's really interesting :)
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Svenimal Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Photographer
Klasse!
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen Dank. Es freut mich sehr mal wieder einen Kommentar von dir zu lesen :D
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful capture! Love the idea! :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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StormNinjaKapow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
That pattern is amazing. And so close. I want to reach through the screen and touch it =p
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that's something you could do only one time ;)
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StormNinjaKapow Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Hey, I've got two hands. Who said I can't lose them both?
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Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Lovely idea and the pattern is gorgeous indeed.
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet capture. :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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FriendFrog Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Love, looove this one. Dynamic angle, wonderful focus and lighting. It seems so intimate, like you're curled up next to her. :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks, I'm really glad you like it :) That would be pretty awesome if you could do that but I'm pretty sure she'll shred me if I try.
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Rivaillei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very lovely, I adore the fur details <3
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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Rivaillei Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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iytj Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
excellent shot!:clap:
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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iytj Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
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LSouthern Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i think its such a wonderful picture, its totally something different but yet you know its a jaguar due to its well known "spots", i love the curve of Bess back in this, its eye catching, makes you look at it more, and the little detail in the fur is wonderful

amazing picture :love:
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, I'm glad people seem to like it. I'm pretty uncertain about uploading different shots from the ones someone normally takes.
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Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
300 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 24, 2012, 1:26:41 PM
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GIMP 2.6.12
Sensor Size
22mm
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