Leopard Pictures - Pg 1
Returning from safari with a porfolio of outstanding leopard images is not easy as these magnificent but secretive cats spend much of the day inactive, hidden from view in leafy trees or dense bush.
Although daytime sightings do occur in national parks where leopards have become accustomed to vehicles, such sightings are usually fleeting.
In addition, your subject will often be well-camouflaged, making it even more difficult for the photographer. So count yourself lucky if you ever come across a leopard lying relaxed on a tree branch, in good light!
For this reason professional photographers will often use fill-in flash to soften the shadows and put highlights in the eyes of the leopard.
Bear in mind though that flash, if not handled with care, can also present its own problems, causing animal "red-eye" or over-exposure of your subject.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge
Although there are good numbers of leopards in the adjoining Kruger National Park, they are not easy to see and photograph, mainly because visitors cannot stray off the designated roads - something which is permitted in private reserves.
Also, because leopards are territorial, the game rangers get to know where the individual cats hang out and will take their guests there, usually with successful results.
For most visitors to the bush, finding these superbly camouflaged cats in thick foliage or high in the branches of a leafy tree can be tricky.
See the picture below that clearly illustrates how a leopard's markings blend in with the background of dappled shade.
Note - you're welcome to use the above picture, provided it's not altered at all. To save the image, right-click and then "save as" to your desktop or a folder of your choice on your hard-drive.
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