Oh my goodness, this photo gives me all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings. The eyes are stunning, the pose is unique (as with many of your shots!), and the fur is so soft-looking I want to reach through the screen and pet it. And, the best part, it's stock! I can draw this amazing photo, and not be hunted down with torches and pitchforks for copyright infringement! You are a god amongst men.
If anything deserves a DD, it's the majestic moment you've captured here - and allowed everyone who browses dA to use. You can bet I will be dragging ^Elandria right here in three months' time yelling "pick this one here!".
Aww, thanks for your lovely words! I love seeing the results from other artists putting my photos to good use whether as reference or in manips - I'm often quite jealous of their creativity and skill .
Thanks . An entry level dSLR plus a prime lens can still take some lovely shots. I got some good ones with my first dSLR and a prime lens - a Nikon D60 with a relatively cheap 50mm f1.8 lens (on the D60 I had to manually focus it as it was an AF-D lens and they dropped the auto focus screw drive on the D60). Although 50mm was a bit long at times on a crop sensor for indoor use!
I'm more familiar with Nikon, but I imagine it is a good camera. These days even the entry level dSLRs are great - lenses tend to be at least important (often more important) than the camera body so it's worth researching lenses. Although they're a pain to use because you can't zoom, some fixed focal length lenses (prime lenses e.g. 35mm or 50mm) can be a relatively cheap way of getting a nice sharp lens with a wide aperture capability (although there are also very expensive fixed focal length lenses too!).