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Canon
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/4000 second
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F/4.0
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300 mm
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800
Date Taken
Jan 25, 2014, 12:27:39 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Macintosh)
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In the sprint  by AlesGola In the sprint  by AlesGola
Young male cougar (puma concolor) enjoying its sprint in a fresh snow. Taken with captive bread animal, Heralec, Czech Republic.
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I live in Western Canada where mountain lions/cougars (sometimes called pumas) are a part of the environment. They are a hazard and there is a saying here when you go hiking "You see a cougar once - you're lucky; you see it twice - you've got problems as it's hunting you." Because the animal is cautious and careful most pictures of cougars tend to be pretty static with it just wandering along a trail or snarling from a tree.

Your picture pays homage to its true nature. Technically I see no flaw. The cat is in strong dynamic motion yet the focus is razor sharp with no hint of blurring. The colouring is natural and when combined with the blurred, subdued background allows you to study the animal in detail. How could you not admire the intense gaze in its eyes, how it powers off its back legs and the extension of its club-like tail for balance. Wonderful picture that will become one of my favourites.
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yavuzozer Feb 19, 2014  New member Professional Photographer
nice timing. strong sharpness and framing. congratulations.
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AlesGola Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :). Necessary to say, one of about 200 pictures taken with this playfull kitty.
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PhillyBlue Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, where you scared?
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AlesGola Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not really, the kitty was pretty much under control of its owner. And I was packed in 4 layers of clothes, so not very likely to be injured even in case of the cat were scared an would attack.  
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PhillyBlue Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The kitty? Its owner?
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:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Feature 18 at :iconanimal-portraits:

Keep up the great work  :)
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AlesGola Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature :).
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You're most welcome :)
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Eldehwen Feb 15, 2014  New member
Splendid! :love:
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