Latest Photograph – Sabi Leopard, ‘Hosana’

Hosana, Male Leopard‘Hosana’, Male Leopard. 1/320, f/4, ISO2500, 260mm. Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-400 f/4.

This Leopard was photographed back in March 2016 when I was leading a photography safari for Penda Photo Tours in the Djuma Reserve of Sabi Sands in South Africa’s Greater Kruger. It’s a young male named ‘Hosana’, he’s the son of well known breeding female ‘Karula’.

We were out early (as usual!) driving through Djuma when James, our tracker, spotted the silhouette up in a tree. As we approached we used the vehicle spotting light to gently illuminate him and we all took a few photographs. It was still quite dark and the light wasn’t too bright to cause a problem to the Leopard so a high ISO was needed. If memory serves he was watching his sister ‘Xongile’ who was close by.

When I reviewed the images later in the morning I thought a black and white version would work well. Despite trying various techniques on the raw file in Adobe Lightroom I have been disappointed with the results. So, after around 8 months of occasional fiddling I think I have a black and white version I actually like!

For reference, here is a colour photograph which was taken approximately 1 second after the black and white version above…

Hosana, Male Leopard‘Hosana’, Male Leopard in colour.

Which do you prefer?

You can join me in July 2018 in Sabi Sands and Greater Kruger with Penda Photo Tours. For more information, click here.

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5 thoughts on “Latest Photograph – Sabi Leopard, ‘Hosana’

  1. I don’t think the color version looks natural, the balance feels wrong but I understand this is because of the light being used.

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