updated: Jan 30, 2013, 9:23 AM
By Ron Harris
I took this photo of an Amur Leopard on January 19th at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It is said that there is
only about 25 existing in the wild. Their only habitat is in the undeveloped Russian Far East region of
Primorye. I always enjoy looking at this beautiful animal, particularly when it is active.
A brief word about my photography. I was a B&W darkroom photographer for many years. I attended
an Ansel Adams workshop and mostly follow his methods. I photograph with a digital SLR and do
digital darkroom using Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Lightroom 4. Adams said that he considered
the image on his film as the score (He was a pianist.) and the print as his performance. None of his
images were straight prints, and were created using dodging, burning, variable contrast, and other
techniques in the darkroom. I use these same ideas using Photoshop and Lightroom.
I also shoot in RAW, which means the camera computer chips are not adjusting contrast, dynamic range,
color balance, etc., as is done when shooting JPEG images, such as those that are taken by most point-
For the image of the Leopard I converted to B&W and made image adjustments affecting the elements
listed above and I adjusted the lighting to my liking. But, I did not change his spots ! I tried to
capture the essence of this beautiful cat. I hope you like it.
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