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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D90
Shutter Speed
1/640 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
300 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Dec 8, 2012, 12:35:08 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 (Macintosh)
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Killer Bite by Chikrata Killer Bite by Chikrata
Ok... something a bit different here, and not something any of you are used to..
I recently got a new editing program - Silver Efex Pro by Nik software, and it's letting me play around with black and white effects a bit.. so this is the first result.

This is Kaia, the female Amur Leopard at Marwell Wildlife - UK

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - AF-S Nikkor 300mm F4.0

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:iconihamo:
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Amazing shot :)
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconjason-goncalves88:
Jason-goncalves88 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AWESOME!
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:icongatitaz:
GatitaZ Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't want those teeth chomping down one me!
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Same here!!
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning fur texture and that tongue! It's just so fascinating to see a face that is not normal ( i hope you understand what i mean here) But for me its those impressive whiskers they really seem to help the photo!
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Snow!
I know what you mean. It's not a normal way to see a Leopard :)

I love their whiskers! They're just so long!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous capture of this gorgeous critter. :aww:
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. Glad you think so!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I do indeed! :aww:
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
^^
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Photographer
Very nice action but the yawn is a bit close to the edge as already explained. The SEP effect has worked well here, though I'm not sure of the sepia, I tend to like either B&W or colour.. but that's personal taste.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Alannah,
I preferred the sepia when I saw the two side to side. The black and white just seemed a bit flat and lifeless in comparison, whereas the warmth of the sepia effect adds a lot more drama.
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GregHodge Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Roaring or yawning?
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like a yawn, but she was actually snarling it someone just to my right :)
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:iconavianex:
AvianEx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is very good. It definitely looks better than if it were in Black and White. Sepia looks better with animals as a rule.
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. Glad you think so! I just thought it gave it more 'life'.
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:iconndlevett:
NDLevett Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow_So beautiful:love:
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconndlevett:
NDLevett Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you already know that I like it. A prime lens sometimes means to take a compromise when composing the photo but you did an excellent job with that it turned out very nice. You see nothing of the flat colors here so you made the right choice with sepia. Btw I mostly prefer sepia over black and white.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you do!
And yeah.. I find it can be a pain at times, but you learn to live and compose around it.
Thanks, I wanted to try and get something out of it.. it would be a shame to ignore it.
Same here. It's just a bit 'warmer' and a bit more full of life :)
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Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a pity the eyes are almost invisible while close, but it's definitely a very very nice picture. I have to wonder if it looks better then it would in colors or not.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I really do love her eyes, but unfortunately she wouldn't show them here!
The colour edit was really flat and had very little contrast. There was really nothing I could do to get a decent colour edit out of it.
Thanks
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Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, the result is awesome. I need to try the same sometimes when I get an interesting photo with not so good colors.
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
It's a nice way to save certain shots that would have just stayed on the hard drive in colour..
Just out of interest do you have SEP? And if not do you have Lightroom or Photoshop?
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:iconwolfling01:
Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No idea what is SEP, but I use Lightroom.
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Silver Efex Pro - The editing program I used for this shot.
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:iconwolfling01:
Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What does it do? Or rather, does it do something lightroom doesn't?
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's effectively Lightroom for black and white edits, so it gives you more options to make better black and white stuff
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
:love:
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Welcome! :D
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconragnaice:
ragnaice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh great... now I can't stop yawning....
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha! Brilliant!

Sorry.. ;)
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cheetahdiago Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dawww this is so cute! the fuzzy whiskers and stufff I wanna cuddle it! And nice teeth hehehe

I really like that effect, makes it look warmer than normal black and white but still black and white not to get distracted from colours.

And as always, pic is nicely composed and ridiculously sharp. I also want that lens^^
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. I'm not sure she'd like that somehow ;)

Yeah. It's a sort of black and white and sepia combination in SEP - I prefer the contrast and stuff it gives :)
Randomly.. do you use photoshop or lightroom? You can get the SEP plugin for them for free legally if you want :)

Thanks! I do blame that lens. It's insane xD
Hahaha come over here and get it then :P
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cheetahdiago Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehe yeah^^

well ok then, I will come over and get the lens! muahahaha!

I use Photoshop most of the time but DxO pro 8 is awesome too^^ I dunno, Photoshop can't read the raw files fro my camera for some reason and I do want to buy DxO because I think it's much better for just editing raw files. Like it's easier to compare before and after pictures and such.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha. Good luck then! I may take a bit of finding :P

Ah ok fair enough. I have to say that i've never used DxO.. i'll have to read up on it a bit :P
Oh really? Which version do you have? It might be worth upgrading to the latest version of camera RAW..

Ah ok, fair enough. Have you tried Adobe Lightroom? That works in a similar way to what I imagine DxO looks like.. I use it all the time!

Do you want the plugin then? Have a bit of a play around in SEP? :P
I'd warn you that the download page is in German.. but that's not a problem for you :P
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome capture! And so much clarity :D Wonderful job
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
I blame my lens for that :P
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Oh, and yes, naturally credit and links are always noted with the post... and my icon is a mini sample of my work
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. Cheers. Your work looks amazing so I can't wait to see it :)
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I'm enamored with her enamel... oh I so went there.. lol.. I am desperate to draw her. I want to do a huge piece with deep detail for hyper realism in traditional media... May I? (I sometimes sell the original drawing... hate to but broke is not a lifestyle of choice lol, and want to make sure if you give permission that it's full disclosure) I'm getting twitchy ... i need my graphite fix haha.
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha. I hadn't thought of that one... not sure if that's a good thing or not ;)
Of course you can. I always love people drawing my work but please link me to it when you're done. I'd love to see it!
Depending on the conditions of the sale I may ask for a small usage fee, but usually only when the piece sells for a reasonably amount of money and we can talk about that another time :)
Go ahead!!!
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Ive decided to use my giant canvas for this and paint it in oils. I'm going crazy sitting here at work daydreaming about getting started. lol. Of course id share the profit if it sells. We can hash out the details once its finished. And would include with the canvas credit to you for the reference. Thanks. I'm getting giddy. Its not often an image catches my fancy this deeply. Great work.
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Chikrata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds great! If you're doing a large piece then would you like access to a larger source file? I could send you the original sized image if you wish.
That sounds good to me. Thanks, I always feel kind of bad asking that ^^;

I'm glad it does! Good luck. From what i've seen in your gallery it should look amazing.
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