Canon 1DsMkIII, 400mm f/4 DO, 1/200 sec @ f/4, ISO 1000
After four game drives here in Mala Mala, we have had two *excellent* leopard sightings, as well as amazing lion experiences. When we arrived by airplane on Friday, we checked in, grabbed a quick lunch and headed out for our first game drive. Within 20 minutes we had located and tracked a 6 year old leopard, the "bicycle crossing male", and we spent two hours following him, going ahead of him and watching him from a distance. I definitely captured more than 200 images in this short amount of time, and this is the only image that I have processed so far. The challenge was to have enough depth of field for his face, enough shutter speed to not have a blurry image, and a low enough ISO to keep the noise in check. I was able to find just the right angle where his face had enough DOF on both of his eyes at f/4, otherwise if he had a bit more angle on his face I would have needed f/5.6 for the image to work.
Additionally, today we located a pride of three adult females and their 9 cubs. Hopefully I was able to capture an image worth sharing. The challenge is finding the time to download, process and upload images!