My focus this month is the opening of my exhibition at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on the 7th August. I am proud to be exhibiting my photography for a second time this year and hope it brings joy to patients, staff and visitors alike.
As part of my exhibition at Addenbooke's, I am excited to be adding the above image, "Prowler", to my Out of the Grey collection. For a larger image use this link direct to a hidden area on my website.
Additionally, for the duration that Out of the Grey is resident at Addenbrooke's hospital I am having a sale on all my prints. With discounts of up to 50% and prices starting at only £75 for an exhibition quality print, it is an opportunity not to be missed!
A truly spectacular encounter with a young leopard ascending and stalking guinea fowl resting at the top of the tree. She was composed, silent and purposeful, much in contrast to me, watching from below where I was full of anticipation and excitement. I was able to observe her from the initial moments on the ground until she reached the highest branches, where I lost sight of her. There was a long pause and then I heard her pounce. The guinea fowl scattered in a panic! Alas, she came down empty handed. She would have to go hungry for a little longer.
This image was taken from the back of an open top vehicle a few hours after the sun had gone down. I spent 45 minutes watching her, during which I captured some of my best leopard images from any single photo shoot. Trying to be as quiet as possible I was manoeuvring myself around in the vehicle, trying to get the best view. I was almost upside down in the footwell at one point! As a photographer it was fantastic, but as a lover of nature it was a simply magical experience.
Taken with a Canon 1DX and Canon 300L II 2.8 at 1/60 second (ISO 6400), the key to this image was the lens. Fully open at f2.8 I was able to capture enough light and, with the image stabilisation, achieved a sharpness sufficient to develop this image right up to A0 (over 40x30 inches) in size.
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