Another shot which for some reason was left untouched in the folder until now, from a trip to the WHF with Emily in August. Back then I think I was looking for something more unusual or dramatic in the first shots I developed. Now I like this more for the clarity. Funnily enough it was taken on a canon 400d when I was camera sharing after running out of batteries.
Taken using a 135mm and 1.4 extension tube.
I've got past the clumsy stage of using a tablet and pen, so did a little dodging and burning on this in Lightroom and sharpened there too instead of Photoshop which is where I'd normally go to crisp the main focus.
"As one of the top predators in the food chain, the cougar has been persecuted unmercifully by man. A combination of guns, poisons, snares, traps, and hunting dogs have been used in this persecution, often under the guise of government sanctioned predator control (bounty) programs. As recently as 1988, almost 200 cougars were killed in a program run by the United States Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers have had a running feud with these cats for decades, and land use and stock management practices must be changed before this situation can be improved.
In an effort to help restore the depleted genetic make-up of the Florida panthers, officials have released a few Texas cougars into south Florida. It is hoped these new animals will breed with the established cats to strengthen the gene pool and prevent inbreeding." Source: wildcatconservation.org
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length 189 mm