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Are you my dessert?

Are you my dessert?
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, African Felines, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-01 8:24
Viewed: 6007
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Cheetah paw footprint-is the Symbol of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Cheetahs are not common; in Kruger National Park, the total estimate is only 200 vs. 1 000+ leopards. The fastest land mammal, it s actually not robust. Although capable of bursts of speed between 80-100 km/h, it cannot maintain the sprint for more than 300 m they can actually overheat! Its prey is also often lost to super predators like hyenas & lions. Both lion & leopard will kill cheetah and eat them. I have seen photographs of a leopard dragging a dead cheetah. A cheetah is built more along the line of a greyhound than the stockier leopard, with, long, graceful limbs. For those not familiar with the 2 species, the cheetah is the one with the 2 black tear marks that run down his face, from the corner of the eyes to the mouth. They cannot retract their claws like other cats and their teeth are also small compared with the other large spotted cats. All the spots are solid, no rosettes like the leopard. Shoulder height 85 cm, 54 kg M; 43 kg, F; 3 cubs are the norm n a litter. A baby cheetah is the most beautiful animal in the world, to me, that is, & on my wishlist to nail on a CCD!
Nikon D70 & Sigma 120-300 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 300 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; iTTL Balanced fill flash off camera; Bean bag on window; Cropped some, Levels lighter, Added space above ears & to left; reduced to size and USM, faded to soft light to suit. Enjoy.

PDP, ellis49, gerhardt, nwoehnl, letr, DiaAzul, elroyie, zto, japie, avigur_11, Luc has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To technogran: YummCallie 1 08-03 14:44
To Robbrown: HeatCallie 2 08-02 05:12
To milloup: WSCallie 1 08-02 03:13
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-01 8:37]

Great shot! Looks very contented, must have had a lovely meal. The eyes stand out very well and I like the fur glistening in the sunshine. Great stuff.

I love it, this is Great Callie.
Perfect colors and composition. Very good sharpness.
The cheata have a satisfied expression.
A very good note too.

Callie, It seems like a cat weekend here on TN. Luckily I love 'em cats. Every time I look at one of your mugshots I am astounded, and realize that your critique on my first mugshot has been 100% spot on. This is a nice pose, nice note, nice mugshot. Thanx for sharing and helping.

Very beautiful again, Callie. Another exquisite closeup with great colors and light, and your title seems to be fully in line with what he is doing with his tongue. Great shot.

Very nice expression captured Callie, magnifcant creature this cheeta, IMO this pic is a bit to soft so I made a ws to compare..


Wow, I don't know which I appreciate more - the photo (which is excellent), or the notes (which are superb). Though I am sure that a cheetah can sprint more than 300 milimetres as you wrote (made me giggle).

The composition is really great - and leaves space on the right for advertorial\editorial text ;-) The lighting and colours are superb (though I would have prefered more contrast, I understand the problem and quite appreciate that it looks a better as shown).

Thanks for sharing this, excellent.

Very nice pussy cat, but, I'm agree with Letr.

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-01 12:10]

prachtige plaat Callie,
Good composition, great colours and a good dof, Very good note too, I like it Callie

Yami :-)

Great capture with good composition, now I know where you disapeared . . .

(You need to change your monitor . . . :-))

  • Great 
  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-01 15:19]

Oh, i feel like i am about to be eaten ;) This is one concentrated look. There is something with the eyes though, that bothers me a litle. Something with the colour i think and that i can't see any pattern in the iris...There is some dust and scratches as well but that is minor. An excelent shot as usual Callie.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-01 16:12]

This is a great shot, especially since I know that in the Cheetah camp you have to fight with the sun to get a good shot. The eyes are incredible - I can see a pin sized reflection of your flash in the left eye. You were very fortunate with the tongue.

This looks like an advertisement for 'Tucky Chicks (Finger-licking good ;-)). Subject nicely placed in the frame and great expression. In my view the photo looks a bit pale, however - even taking into consideration that you had backlighting of the subject. I've seen your comments for the other two WS, and decided to try anyway. I don't know what the colours of the coat look like in real life, so I based the colours on the colour of the tongue. I think I know what colour tongues usually are ;-))

The eyes are hipnotizing. I like the way you have captured him with a background of the same color. The backlighis very effective and it works perfectly on the fur. Well done.

Another great capture Callie all the action it the tounge and eye`s .
Silly question is there a surrgestion of heat haze over the picture?

Those eyes are incredible. Good image Callie, loads of detail in the cat, and a good subdued background, you can feel the African heat!

Yummm! Seems to be licking his lips over something...what an expression on his face. Wouldn't want to meet up with him close up. The DOF is suberb, with the fur colouring and markings showing up so well and the blurred grasses in the background. Great composition and moment of capture.

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