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14-NOV-2008 Tom Munson

Cougar

Montana

This is a huge crop. Probably at least 150 yards away
I'm happy with the image of a wild cougar.

Canon EOS 40D ,Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
1/180s f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Keith Rankin25-Nov-2008 21:11
nothing more thrilling then seeing one in the wild, way to make the most of the opportunity V
Liz Bickel25-Nov-2008 03:17
Wow! What a fortunate sighting. And this is also a really good photo of a extremely elusive creature. Fantastic work!
Monte Dodge23-Nov-2008 19:08
Still looking for my first one!!!! great job,,,vote
Nikhil Bahl21-Nov-2008 16:39
Must have been an awesome experience.
Peter Ericsson21-Nov-2008 15:07
Oh, man, that must have sent shivers up your spine! What a great sighting! I remember my first sight of a Black Panther. Simply incredibly! Congrats!
Sam Rua21-Nov-2008 05:01
Super find and a very decent capture, Tom. I am still waiting to capture one of these in the wild. V.
Janet Forjan-Freedman20-Nov-2008 16:00
Wonderful capture and framing! The tonality and environment combine to give this a very pleasing painterly quality!
Nestor20-Nov-2008 15:01
Very nice considering the distance and the crop.
It shows that your lenses serve you well.
Vote
Yi Feng20-Nov-2008 05:28
Nice catch of this beauty Tom! V
henrywong19-Nov-2008 23:44
Lucky you Tom.
Great catch. V
Martin Isabelle19-Nov-2008 23:17
BRAVO UN GROS V
Simon Chandler19-Nov-2008 22:01
Fantastic capture. Love the crop (composition). v
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik19-Nov-2008 21:22
Great capture of this memorable sighting! How exciting!! L&S
Marco Valk19-Nov-2008 18:39
Congrats!!! a very rare treat. big vote
Darren Murphy19-Nov-2008 17:23
Not a great shot? Are you kidding Tom? This is a spectacular find. Even at 150 yards the subject is clear with great color and detail. Congratulations on snapping this elusive animal!!
Sara C19-Nov-2008 16:15
Hi, Tom
Must be beautiful to get this before your lens. V
grt.
Sara C
sandy barbour19-Nov-2008 14:58
Wow...very cool find Tom!
De'Carr Studio19-Nov-2008 13:47
FANTASTIC!!! VOTE
Char19-Nov-2008 13:33
Hi Tom,
This is an excellent capture! Wonderful scene. \/
NealyBob19-Nov-2008 06:38
Excellent! Amazing shot at that distance!~BV
Debbie Blackburn Beierle19-Nov-2008 06:27
WOW! Now that's a sight I would LOVE to see with my own eyes! What an opportunity, Tom! Congrats!
Stuart Smith19-Nov-2008 05:15
Great shot Tom and the detail that was held in this image considering such a crop is amazing! I have always called you the Bird Whisperer, now I may have to expand on that...
Bryan Murahashi19-Nov-2008 04:46
Superb capture of this rare photo opportunity. GMV.
January Grey19-Nov-2008 04:38
Whoa! This isn't a zoo shot! No fences...and it sees you! Outstanding photo op, Tom! Excellent! V~
Diane Wu19-Nov-2008 03:57
L U C K Y!!!
Very cool!
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad19-Nov-2008 03:37
It may be a big crop but you have positioned the cat in the frame well.
Len19-Nov-2008 03:35
Great catch for such a distance,would like to even see one.Looking at the terrain this could be in Africa! cheers.
lou_rozensteins19-Nov-2008 03:20
Nice wildlife shot! Well done.
Hank Vander Velde19-Nov-2008 02:49
Well captured Tom. I'd love to get one like that in the wild. Probably wishful thinking on my part. V.
Gayle P. Clement19-Nov-2008 02:48
Wow! An amazing find, Tom.
Steve Thuman19-Nov-2008 02:35
What a wonderful experience. Photography does that for us, puts in places where we see things we wouldn't sitting in front of the TV all day!
Lise De Serres19-Nov-2008 02:04
Better safe, well captured!
Joanne Kamo19-Nov-2008 02:03
Very thrilling find for sure, fabulous image in this beautiful setting! V
ckitchen19-Nov-2008 02:03
Your picture is great and the fact that you were able to see and photograph this critter is a blessing. V
Scott Schexnaydre19-Nov-2008 02:02
Great shot, Tom.
Carol Breton19-Nov-2008 01:31
Wow, Tom, it maintained good quality after such a huge crop! I would feel the same way you do.
I would love to catch a Mountain Lion and/or Bobcat at work....still waiting.
Great capture, I say! C
Manas Khan19-Nov-2008 01:28
Great capture! Love the setting! V
Jean D19-Nov-2008 01:25
Terrific shot in such as superb environment, Tom! ~V~
john savage19-Nov-2008 01:06
Awesome wild scene, you were very lucky Tom. BV
Peter Stahl19-Nov-2008 00:44
Rare to see in the wild in the open. Excellent capture Tom! GMV.
Earl Arboneaux 19-Nov-2008 00:17
Great capture, love the colors and placement...V
Larry Peterson19-Nov-2008 00:17
Great image, Tom, despite the crop. The left one comes to mind. for a chance to get a shot like this. Well done. V
Art Parnell18-Nov-2008 23:03
Great capture and an exciting find, Tom.
fdt18-Nov-2008 21:06
Fantastic catch. f
Ann Pettigrew18-Nov-2008 19:52
Congratulations, Tom!! This is my dream mammal to see. Good for you! Where in Montana did you see it? Have you seen any before?
francesco scipioni18-Nov-2008 19:45
fantastic! but isn't it dangerous?-v-
Jay Levin18-Nov-2008 19:42
Congratulations on this great capture, Tom. I don't think you would want to be any closer than you were. Vote
Fong Lam18-Nov-2008 19:10
Great capture and details despite the huge crop!! V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography18-Nov-2008 18:49
Very nice and rare shot, Vote.
Guest 18-Nov-2008 18:27
Tom great capture and yes yes did it stick around? ~Voted~
SageCreek Images18-Nov-2008 18:06
Yes, you are lucky to have spotted this Cougar in the wild..
There have been some spotted in our area but I have yet to see one...
A very nice image Tom..voted
Ed Goodnight18-Nov-2008 18:00
very nice indeed, Tom
Enny18-Nov-2008 17:25
still a great shot, keep that distance.
Ron Horn18-Nov-2008 17:06
Great find. To see one in the wild is rare, to get this image is terrific. v.
Jess. ( Lady.D.)18-Nov-2008 16:51
Last year I had one of these jump through my back yard! This about as close i want to come to one, well captured Tom...
AlexP18-Nov-2008 16:31
A great shot at that distance and in spite of the crop! V!