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Snow Leopard by KrisVlad Snow Leopard by KrisVlad
The Cincinnati Zoo (one of the best) has a new kitty exhibit. I couldn't get a good shot of the Tiger or the Puma, but Snow Leopard was literally right next to the glass.

I thought I'd hate the blue-ish glare, but I actually liked how it turned out after I burned selected areas. It makes a niiice wallpaper if you're a Mac owner. :)

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I like your picture, especially the exposure which is a bit "under".
However, I think u should re-consider as to how u frame and compose your object especially since it's a close up shot. The eyes are a too high (in the case if u want to focus on the eyes). Or, Do u want to give a balanced proportion to the face? (if that so, I think portrait frame will do better.

Btw, for a close up face on position I think it will be better if u position it in the center (horizontally). center doesn't always mean dead composition
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This is so gorgeous! There's so much detail, and it looks like he's focusing intently on either killing me or showing a lot of interest in whatever he's glaring at like that. I'm definitely in love with your camera for getting such a well focused shot like this at zoo~

I like the blue glare a lot in this, it makes his/her eyes pop out a lot and really harmonizes with the background with out becoming monochrome or the same hues. Its very nice for a huge wallpaper in someone's living room or bedroom! A lot of people would agree that it's very beautiful and eye capturing. Nice work!
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elviraNL Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You commented on one of my art pieces with that I should make this one, because it's your favorite, so i did :)

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KrisVlad Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   Photographer
It's wonderful! I love it. 
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
ouo I love him already! :heart:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   Photographer
Big kitty!
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DevilsMatrix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Writer
I dont know much about photography, being just a lowly writer myself... but this is gorgeous. It almost looks like galaxies in her eyes with the blue.. and how the unfocused area to the left really brings out the kitty as sharp and intense and gah. my favorite of yours :)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the kind comment! I brought out a lot of those colors by dodging the midtones and highlights in the eyes. I'm glad you like the close up! It's one of my favorite edits for sure.
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Acclivius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness!  This is a wonderful photo!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the kind comment! It's one of my favorites, for sure. :D
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Acclivius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!  It looks great!
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lexxii Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done:)***Submitted to :iconcutieshots: For Your Approval IN: "Animals * Pets" ***INVITE To Join On Your Front Page:)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   Photographer
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Awesome! Love the space-like eyes and the atmosphere!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014   Photographer
Thanks Matt! I don't even know how the glass diffraction made them look like that, but I am pleased with the final shot. 
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist
The blue-ish glare mirrors the fierce  blue of its eyes.Beautiful composition.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for the kind words! I do appreciate it. It's one of my best photos for sure.
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Gejsi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snow Leopard is my favorite animal. For the quality of the photo, and the fact that this animal is very rare, the 100Points price is very cheap. (Not that I'm complaining :D). People should be more appreciative. Great shot! Now it's my desktop background Deviation love 
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for recognizing the additional perk! Most people don't see how easily attainable most of my images are. I'm glad you like it. I'd say it's my best photo of all time!

I hope NatGeo prints it someday.
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - this is a very beautiful and intense picture. WOW!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I like to think the lighting is pure luck. It's all natural!
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Fridooh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I love the sharpness. Great shot?
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   Photographer
Thanks Frida! This is one of my best photographs, for sure! You got some nice big kitty shots yourself!
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Fridooh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can see why this is one of your best phots, it's really great. Thank you! :)
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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LockArts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Photographer
So cat. Very beauty. Wow.
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BeautifulAKWinter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL~ :faint:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I love this pretty owl!
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YongL Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
This reminds me of the ghost leopard from the movie Life OF Walter Mitty.. :) 
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Photographer
I haven't seen that one yet, but I guess I will have to know! I love big cats.
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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Impressive.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm glad you dig it. I'm a big fan of this shot too. I surprised myself!
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JParryPhotograpy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!
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JParryPhotograpy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not a problem!
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Lyrithen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think you captured the beauty of this cat perfectly. C:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I love wild cats.
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Rachopin77 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Very nice capture! I like the blue tint!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much Rachopin! It is one of my all-time favorites too.
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Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   Photographer
Many thanks Travis! I am really proud of this one... I was amazed as I was editing it.
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Wulfnraven Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
This is really really beautiful. Leaves me speechless!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you Wulf! It is definitely one of my best shots.
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COla013 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hi Kris, it' s really impressive photo. I love his look which is about to eat me :D. I want to ask you if I could try to paint it by watercolors ^^. I hope you will agree. Thank you. Greetings :hug:
~COla013

btw It won't be a masterpiece... I'm just a beginner ^^". So it will be just for fun and to try out new style :).
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Photographer
Paint away! Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you like it.
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COla013 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
^^ thank you! here it is: [link]. I hope you like it C:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013   Photographer
Great job!
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COla013 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you ^^
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whatonearth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured! [link]
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! I'm glad you like the photograph.
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3000
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10/5000 second
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F/5.6
Focal Length
125 mm
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180
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Aug 11, 2012, 11:58:07 AM
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