Eye of the Leopard

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The title Eye of the Leopard is homage to the awesome National Geographic documentary of the same name, shot by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, featuring the life of Legadema, a young leopard in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

The leopard in my image is Makepisi (which means "hat" in Shangaan).  I captured this image of a stunning leopard on the first game drive we took in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, which is located within the Timbavati region of Greater Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

Makepisi was the very first wild leopard we encountered.

We spent quite a nice time in close proximity to Makepisi, watching, photographing and videoing him.

I also shot video footage of Makepisi.

Published on Sunday, 4th November, 2012.

Exposure

Date Thursday, 4th October, 2012
Time 5:45pm
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Extender Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Focal Length 420mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/100th of a second
ISO 400
Exposure Mode Manual
Subject Distance 7.37m

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