Monthly Archives: April 2013

History of a photo: “Pretty Little Cat”

This shot corresponds to one of those unforgettable moments that I had in Tanzania in September 2008.

After a long day visiting the south of the Serengeti (Seronera) and when we were already looking our clocks, thinking we soon would turn around to go to the Lodge, we saw something moving among the dried grass, far away, close to the road. Lawrance, our guide, said it was a Cheetah and Eli (our driver) headed for there, with no doubt. He stopped the car beside the place we supposed we had seen the animal and we started looking skeptically around the place he pointed to… nothing!

Some seconds after we continued seeing nothing… It’s here, here, at few meters from us!!!!… But no way… we weren’t able to see it.

Lawrance opened the 4W door and stand up (without getting of the car) and pointed with his arm… We continued seeing nothing; only lots of golden grass… we started doubting that was the place…

Suddenly, an enormous leopard head appeared among the mess… Wow! I mean Meaw!

400 mm, f9.0, 1/10, ISO 200, AV, autofocus, bean bag, flash and teleflash.

Lawrance sit with one jump and closed the door at once… it was not a Cheetah it was a Leopard!!! And as he repeated several times: “the leopard is bad… it hunts by the pleasure of hunting… other animals hunt to eat, but the leopard doesn’t… the leopard hunts because it loves hunting.”

It fascinated me! What appearance and elegance air! And it was there, at few meters from us… Unbelievable!!!

The following minutes were quite intense, and we all had an huge adrenalin rising!!!

And, when it turned and look us… wow!!!

I was unable to think, I shoot by inertia and… Gosh! Goosebumps on my skin each time I think about it!

The think is that, at that time, I was conscious that I was shoting with a low ISO, but I did not dare to change it for a higher one because of the “noise”… and I relied on the use of the flash to get enough speed, but I was not sure… anyway, I did not care… in front of me, at few meters, I had a “pretty little cat”, and that was the important thing.

Today, I know I should have risen the ISO to shot faster and obtain a better quality, but… it’s too late to repeat it… I wish the photo does justice to this wonderful cat.

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1 year and + 1000 visits!!!

Dear all!

I’m so proud to announce that on March this website was 1 year old, and also that few days after that, a 1000 visits were achieved!!!

I never had dreamed that it would had so many visits in a year… the web target are my family, friends and other people I know… but it seems that there is a lot of curious people that visits this website from different countries around the world.

Thanks to Google analytics I can see that despite of the fact that most of the visits are from people from Spain, there is a big number of people from USA who have also visited it (I guess it is due to the fact that I work for an American company, and that from time to time I upload a photo to the company’s intranet).

The map shows the different countries:

For those that are not experts in Geography, the countries in green are (number of visits between brackets): Spain (776), USA (124); UK (17), Switzerland (7), Germany (7), India (6), Poland (6), Xile (5), Norway (5), Brasil (4), Argentina (3), Bolivia (3), Xina (3), France (3), Italy (3), Mexico (3), Saudi Arabia (3), Belgium (2), Canada (2), Indonesia (2), Morocco (2), New Zealand (2), El Salvador (2),  Domincan Republic (1), Georgia (1), Iceland (1), Slovenia (1), Turkey (1) and there is no origin information for 7 visits.

Many thanks to all the visitors and to those that are now doing this, to help growing the visitors list.

See you soon!

Esther Inglada

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