“Death From Above” – Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa – Graham King – Featured Photographer   59 comments



“Death From Above” – Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa – Graham King – Featured Photographer

Okay, maybe I am a bit dramatic with the title, but I think it is fitting when you have a 100 pound leopard over your head.    You can only imagine what this leopard sees and that is the fun of it.  Gazelle?  Zebra? One of Graham’s friends? No matter who is on the lunch menu, the beauty and agility of this big cat is well represented in Graham’s photograph. So please read the story below then check out the rest of Graham’s stunning portfolio at:


Take it away Graham:

The shot was taken back in 2007.  I went on a two week photographic safari to The Kruger and then onto Tshukudu Game Reserve on the edge of  it.  In the reserve you are able to get a bit closer to the animals than you can in Kruger.

One morning we watched this very active male leopard who spent most of his time in this tree looking out for a chance of a good meal. Something caught his eye and he came very close to where we were.  It was a very intense stare that will stay with me forever.

Unfortunately for the leopard, and lucky for his prey, he went hungry that morning.

I had been using my D200 with my long lens but had to scramble for my spare camera so I could get the big cat in the frame. It was taken on a D70 with a Nikkor 70-210 f4, 1/500 sec at f4.5, ISO 400.

59 responses to ““Death From Above” – Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa – Graham King – Featured Photographer

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  1. Thanks everyone for your kind comments

  2. It is a remarkable shot. 😉

  3. I don’t know how you held your nerve! It’s a fantastic shot and amazing you got that close.

  4. I Just love big cats!

  5. Reblogged this on Stephanie Abbott's Blog and commented:
    My cats play “death from above” …. but they are not quite as impressive…

  6. What a dramatic, powerful photo.

  7. thank you for your reply , i wish you well;but…

  8. LoVE Leopards!! Beautiful photo. Thank you. 🙂

  9. Magnificent capture! Great light.

  10. What an amazing shot! Again, I have to say that you have chosen a fantastic venue for showcasing some great photographers.

  11. Awesome picture! Now I know why my cat looks at me like that when he is stalking me from the top of the couch.. It’s a cat thing.

  12. Excellent photo!! Cheers!

  13. Spectacular! The Discovery Channel , which is my favorite wild life channel comes to me . Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your awesome blog with me .

  14. I just want to say that I wish I had time to like all these blogs and photos! 🙂 Awesome pictures!

  15. That is a beautiful animal, picture perfect, in its element and it knows it. Great job!

  16. As an artist I would be inclined to paint something simular . Beautiful


  17. This photograph made me gasp! Fantastic!

  18. great photo,i think it is so dagerous to take a photo like this!
    thank you!

  19. Hey guys! Thanks for following Zhartvystan! 🙂 Only one problem…now you’ve given me another avenue by which to fan the flame of my wanderlust…

  20. Beautiful cat, beautiful image! I hope to visit one day, all animals should be nurtured x

  21. Oh the power and the sleekness of it all!! What a gorgeous creature!

  22. I love that you should even look at what I’m doing. 🙂 I’m such an unknown chick on the information highway…going along…picking up cups and looking at my world, close up. You show tremendous kindness in clicking my like button. I look at your worlds, the worlds you capture in your photographs…and everything seems so much larger! Bless your work and your play!

  23. Gorgeous!

  24. What a super shot – amazing – it takes the price 😉

  25. Reblogged this on Irene's Words and commented:
    You can run but I’ll catch you. Getting goosebumps looking into the leopard’s eyes.

  26. Amazing colour and strength – excellent.

  27. Beautiful pic and such a majestic creature (that I would not mess with!):) Have a Great Weekend!

  28. What a great picture it is. I can feel the tremendous energy of that big cat just looking at it. 🙂

  29. That photograph is so intense! And the light, so golden. Ah, this was a perfect image to come across on a Friday Morning. Thank you.

  30. What a gorgeous cat! Yes we did just say that. We like cats just as long as they are not coming after us. Gorgeous image.
    Bella and DiDi

  31. this is a breath taking shot . . You can see the power behind it’s eyes

  32. Wow! Supreme beauty and power in one amazing package. Thank you!

  33. Wow. Excellent!!!!

  34. great pic ! I have been there and it is stunning.

  35. Another one of God’s beautiful creatures…

  36. All ready to pounce too yipes!

  37. Amazing capture, thanks.

  38. I grew up in South Africa and spent many hours days and weeks in the bush. A shot like this is a once in a lifetime achievement! Well done just doesnt say it well enough.

  39. what a beautiful animal, and an intense moment! wow!

  40. You will not see many Leopard shots better than this. Very dynamic. Superb!

  41. Amazing photo, I’m looking at his/her hungry eyes! ohmygosh!!! 🙂

  42. What a beautiful animal! Amazing capture.

  43. Love the way big cats’ eyes are the same color as their fur… beautiful pic of a big leopard in full predator mode!

  44. I would like to see the next shot.. 🙂

  45. Pardon my language but that is enough for you to $h*t your pants! It’s like that Leopard is really coming for you…amazing picture Graham!

  46. Dramatic is right! I was scared just by looking at the picture.

    Great shot!

    Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com
  47. Breathtaking…

  48. I’d so love to go there and imagine, they are all safe.

  49. I don’t think the title is too dramatic at all – if anything, underdramatized! Absolutely amazing!

  50. Predators eyes. Wow.

  51. Reblogged this on Ryansweet's Blog and commented:
    very nice

  52. Hi,
    A great shot, I love the way you have captured the leopard, eyes looking more of less straight at you, the head tilted slightly to the side, as if it is wondering what’s going on here. Well done. 😀

  53. The beauty of the photo notwithstanding, how did he or she do it? Speculator is the only word for this shot!

  54. Brilliant shot – you can almost feel the leopard’s breath. Either you were in a cage, or you’re seriously under-selling the risk you took.

  55. Each day I see your blog and think you can’t top this – and you do!

    Perfect title, I think. It really pulls in the fact this beautiful animal is a predator in his/her domain – woe betide anyone who intrudes on that domain.

  56. Gorgeous photo – it’s like you see the leopard moving – and look at his/her eyes. Thanks for sharing!

  57. I love this picture. The leopard’s paws and claws are enourmous! Methinks you were lucky to get away “uneaten”, Graham!

  58. Always the best wildlife photography from you guys… I could look at this shot for HOURS! Thank you 🙂

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