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February 6
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/4000 second
Focal Length
300 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 25, 2014, 12:27:39 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Macintosh)
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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Misgaeroten Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Great shot !!
MADCALIMERO Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
magnifique photo!!!
Wishingdust Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
It is a good picture of the cougar but the placement of the animal is a bit bothering me, being in the middle and the head facing the end where the action is going to take place, makes me feel like I am out of space, you should have cut it so it would have had more space for the cougar to make the leap towards to, what I'm saying is that my problem is with the composition, you could look up a few basic composition tips when making a photograph, I hope it's a constructive criticism...sometimes it's okay to break the rules, but  this picture could have had more space
overall I like the colors and the sharpness and the cougar has a nice expression and pose too, like it's leaping towards me
keep up the good work! wildlife photography is hard!
914four Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful animal, awesome capture!
beachelf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: Bravo!
Growlie26 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an awesome shot.
yavuzozer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
nice timing. strong sharpness and framing. congratulations.
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :). Necessary to say, one of about 200 pictures taken with this playfull kitty.
PhillyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, where you scared?
AlesGola Featured By Owner 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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