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Musca cheetah

<I>Musca cheetah</I>
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Skylight
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Mammals of Southern Africa, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Photographer's favourite, Felidae of the world: Second series, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, BEST OF: Cheetahs 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-28 17:33
Viewed: 7726
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not my best fly shot so I included a cheetah with it. I chose to include the fly’s surroundings to add impact to the shot, as a tight crop of the fly (The one on the Cheetahs nose) would not have had the same power as the one with the Cheetah included. I hope you believe this - I only noticed the fly (Musca domestica I think) as I was about to post the portrait of the Cheetah:)

We are pressed for time during an infrastructure rollout and I will not be able to comment on all your beautiful shots until the weekend, when I will play catch-up as fast as Callie’s 141km/h Cheetah.

Here are some links to the info that Gerhardt, Callie and myself have posted on previous occasions on the Cheetah.

Something Fishy

Oculus to Oculus

The Softy

Flash Gordon

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Manual
Focal Length: 209mm
F Stop: F/13
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 200
Tripod: No
Flash: Diffused Off Camera TTL
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

AdrianW, Crypton, Lesley, Luc, gerhardt, willie, LordPotty, AndyB, PDP, red45, Callie, Kirsten, Signal-Womb, RAP, Lourens, mogens-j has marked this note useful
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encore un tres beau portrait de plus,
bonne pdc et les couleurs sont superbes surtout les au niveau des yeux.
nice done.

LOL, good note, and the fly shot's not bad either ;) Seriously though, this a great mugshot of a Cheetah. Focus is spot on, DOF is too and I really like the catchlight in his eyes. You're getting very close to blowing the highlights, but you've just managed to keep them under control - good work! Very well captured :-D

Japie, Well you've out-done yourself once again! This is just a superb face-shot alive with color & detail! Also, you should get an award for macro/micro management! (fly on the nose) :-o

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-10-28 20:04]

Oh Gosh...I would definitely have this one printed big, frame it and hang it where everyone will see it! Splendid capture with eyes to-die-for!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-28 21:36]

I like very much the cheetah behind the fly.
You give links for the cheetah but none for the fly. Desapointing!!! :)
A very 'impressionnante' picture, Japie. TSF.

Hi Japie
This is SO great, I think this is one of your best.
I only have one word , Masterpiece.
Very well done my friend

WOW! I have none the good. The fly shot's I have doesn't have this BG. Nice one Japie, smile on my face. :0)

Anyway... like all said this is a masterpiece really.

Nice shot of the fly Japie. I like the glint in his eye. The background setting is also perfect for the fly. (Lol) Very nice focus and detail. Good notes.
Enjoy your rollout, great picture

I had to look twice to see the object of this shot, but then realised what a great shot it is. You should tell Gerhard how you mananged to capture the wings . . . The detail on this shot is exceptional, thanks for the camera settings, my notebook is filling up! Good luck with the rollout:-)

Hmmm... next time maybe you should try getting closer to the fly!

Lovely shot of this magnificent cat, and the fly adds a realness to the image. Just wondering if you shoot in RAW, if you do, you could try playing with the exposure of the original image in your RAW software, say one version for the white highlights and one for the rest of the image, then just paste the main image over the highlight image and erase the area over the highlights, with a soft brush, to get a seamless correction. Just an idea.

Good one Japie.I think everyone else has said it all... Brilliant!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-29 4:19]

Beautiful,just beautiful!
A great fly shot too!
Nothing else to say other than fabulous.
Well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-29 4:39]

Nice group portrait!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-29 5:13]

I thought Callie was back for a second. This is excellent shot of the Cheetah. The portrait and compostion is perhaps one of the best I've seen. It's very good Japie, well done.

The portrait of the fly needs improvement ;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-29 5:53]

Oh, it isn't a good macro shot Japie, I'm affraid :-))) Fly is too small and overhelming by this non macro animal on BG. Pity :-)))
I love cats and this one is superb, I repeat SUPERB. National Geographics should publish it.

Pragtige vlieg, as jy mooi vliegge kry! And he is not even squint, that is the cheetah. Beautiful kitty, now I
I'll have to take time off work to find a fly with subject as well! Just to let you and others, know I am still alive and well. Will try and get on tomorrow.

very good shot!good sharpness and details, especiale on the eyes and fleece.
haha, i like the fly to.
good crop,dof and compo.

This is most excellent in all regards...

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-30 10:42]

Por la expresividad, por la profunda mirada, por la agudeza y un encuadre perfecto, tal vez se trate de la mejor imagen de esta especie en TN Japie.
Felicitaciones y mi admiración.

By the expressive, by the deep glance, the sharpness and a perfect frame, perhaps one is the best image of this species in TN Japie.
Congratulations and my admiration.

Japie, this is one of the best postings of a Cheetah I have seen on TN!!

What a nice cat, I'd like to have one like that.
Great details, perfect photo.
Thank you

Fantastic capture Japie - in every way. Colours, dof and even the tight crop works absolutely great. Though now I am sitting here a looking at it again I cann't stop wondering what there is in front of (left side of the picture) the cheetah - just may be a little more space in front of the cat (depending on what was in the picture) bringing the right eye to the place where the left eye is now - Not that I don't like it as it is, I am just curious. - By the way I fully agree with Lesley - I too would frame it in the largest possible frame and hang on the wall.

Japie, I just entered your gallery after some days away and was impressed. Believe me I honestly would vote all of them, so I had to choose one...Thanks very much.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-17 10:06]

Wow, Japie! Just perfect. Nothing more to say. Just gorgeous. : )

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