Leopard and Cub

I liked how the cub is posed leaning up against its mother.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

As this shot was taken in light shade, I warmed and brightened both cats to make them stand out against the grasses. I also added a slight vignette. Just right, too much or not enough?

Any pertinent technical details:

Nikon D 500 and 80-400 lens at 1/640, f/8 and ISO 500

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

The vignette looks fine to me, Richard. To my eye, the transition from the bright head of the cub to its body, seems a bit abrupt. You might add a touch of light yo its neck and forequarters to see if you like the effect.

Beautiful moment, very nicely captured, love the way cub is touching the mother with wonderful spot light on both of them !
I wonder how you managed to get the clear view of cub’s face in the grasses.

Here is my take…
got rid of the stick in the RHC and just added a bit of midtone contrast and a few other minor tweeks,
tightened it up a tad, desaturated the FG a bit,
Not a huge difference but I think it works a bit better, hope you don’t mind.
What a great moment.

Richard, I like your processing. The vignette is subtle enough to not really be noticeable, and the tones look natural (the tones in the fur in Dan’s repost look oversaturated on my monitor).

I would definitely crop from the bottom. That empty grass below simply serves to yank the eye downward into an empty space.