I think the snow leopard is one of the most enchanting animals I have ever had the opportunity to photograph and I have been determined to capture an eye-level portrait for a number of years. I came up with idea three years ago, and have tried to capture the image on several occasions since, but have been unsuccessful. Last year, 2018, was my third attempt and I got close — it was perfect apart from his eyes were looking left, and not into my camera lens. Coming close to perfection is not good enough. I am my own worst critic and am well aware that anything less than perfect will not do, so this year I gave it another go. Finally, after 3 years, 4 shoots and many hours, I have the perfect image. Hard work pays off, and this was certainly hard work.