03 August 2012

Seeing in darkness

The Clouded Leopard (I think there are two; there's definitely only one in the picture) at the Toronto Zoo have an enclosure at the back of the Malaysian Woods building, next to a tank of snakes and back of a space full of birds and butterflies.

In respect of their crepuscular nature, the enclosure is dim, draped with frondy, trailing vegetation, backlit (windows to daylight), and coated all over with dimming film (with bubbles, which means there are strange diffracted colours every where in the background of the original image), which means that the above image, pulled out of the perceptually much dimmer RAW camera image, represents more detail than I've ever seen in there with bare eyes.

So, yeah, technically dubious picture, but I'm happy about it.

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