How gentle he looks. The time will come when we can live with no fear of the beautiful big cats. Certainly deserves photo of the month. Well done.
Lucy the Panther — by Joel Sartore, king of the animal portraits
BigCat paradise. BigCat lovers adore these images Joel Sartore presents!
What makes this portrait photograph a so sublime animal image? The technicality of it.
Her head and shoulders are lit with a soft white bright light to give her a natural visual image.
Lucy's cat face is focused in the short depth-of-field. Her head and the ears are blurred.
The panther's eyes, snout, mouth and the whiskers are focused sharply.
The cat nose is moist; you can sense its quiet breath and purr.
This is a very transparent, very realistic, very visual animal photograph.
— Gary Conn
Awesome pictures ! The black or white backgrounds really focus your attention on the animal. I love some of their expressions also
Thank you for documenting these incredible animals. I'll look forward to checking in each day to see what your next choice will be. I just pray we, as humans, will recognize that the loss of even just one of these unique creatures affects us all in some way or other.
Joel Sartore is a master of the animal portrait. Big Cat lovers adore the image Joe presents!
What makes this a great image? It is the technicality.
Joel illuminates the cat with a soft, bright, white light. A short depth of field focuses the cat's face: head and ears are blurred; eyes, snout, mouth and the whiskers are focused sharply.
The cat's nose is moist and you can sense its quiet breath and purr. This is a very transparent, very visual animal photograph.
No! There is no beauty in a tortured soul. Her majesty is gone, her glory no more. My heart cries for her freedom.
despite the well known cruel nature of Panther, these eyes looks like filled with sorrow and a silent begging: this is my world too, let me live !
I live in the heart of panther country here in southwest Florida. This photo is absolutely amazing, and brought tears to my eyes, as I love these animals so very much. I had a Panther sighting once when I was driving through Rookery Bay Reserve, as it crossed the road right in front of me! It was amazing, as very few people get a glimpse of these creatures here. Let's do all we can to preserve these magnificent cats, as this is their home too!
I believe 2/3 of all species will be gone by 2100...between habitat loss from over-population, killing for fun or food....far too many humans no longer care about animals. We can't treat each other with love and respect....animals are thought of as even less in value....
@Peggy Dietrich SAD, BUT TRUE! IT'S A SHAME SINCE IN MY VIEW ANIMALS DESERVE TO LIVE MORE THAN THE MAJORITY OF HUMANS!
@Peggy Dietrich The difference is that humans can speak for themselves and animals can't. Human's can step up and change their situation, animals unfortunatly can't
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