What’s new, pussy­cat?

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I have been ‘hunt­ing’ this wild cat (cor­rect name: Cara­cal / Rooikat) for good­ness knows how long. They are very elu­sive crea­tures and do not wait for any­body.

Thanks to N-Photo, the day I ‘shot’ this cat my cam­era was ready and set up – ‘al­ways ready’. More im­por­tant, I shot this photo in RAW, which en­abled me to make some mi­nor al­ter­ations to the im­age af­ter­wards, to the colour bal­ance in par­tic­u­lar.

The full meta­data is: Nikon D3200 with VR 70-300mm f/4.5 zoom lens, 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO800, and the Di­rect Sun­light White Bal­ance set­ting. (I had to ad­just the White Bal­ance later as this cat was very much hid­ing in the shade.) I used Cap­ture NX2 to edit the RAW photo, and then saved it as a small JPEG file. Ver­non Ha­ley, Port El­iz­a­beth, South Africa That’s the sort of hunt­ing we like to see, Ver­non! It must have taken some very care­ful stalk­ing to take that shot – an an­i­mal like that will be able to hear you com­ing from a long way off.

Ver­non Ha­ley’s care­ful stalk­ing paid off – isn’t this Cara­cal mag­nif­i­cent?

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