Portrait of a Predator
The Jaguar reigns supreme in Yucatan, MX. He is unquestionably the apex predator, proudly claiming his position at the top of the food chain. As goes the Jaguar, so goes the Yucatan. Of the four big cats inhabiting the Yucatan peninsula (Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Margay), the Jaguar is the big cat on the block. Some of my most rewarding work, has been to document photographically the study and preservation efforts being carried out at Puuc Jaguar Conservation (Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve). These amazing creatures are worth preserving in the wild—they are our legacy to future generations.
Photographer’s note: Image captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM + 1.4x telephoto zoom lens. Camera info: 1/250s @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, FL/280mm, Natural Light, Handheld. RAW conversion, post-edit and artistic adjustments and final conversion to B&W completed in PSE11. Matte & Frame Museum Presentation completed using Big Huge Labs software. Click on image to enlarge.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Puuc Jaguar Conservation (Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve)
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