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Love At First Sight!

Love At First Sight!
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Cheetahs 1, A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 4:20
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first encounter with these two resulted in love at first sight. Unfortunately the conditions were not ideal. A dull rainy day, under a shelter roof, through glass with some reflection and these boys were snuggled up to the glass so the sill shows were the glass is fastened. Ah, well………


Cheetah cubs Anubis and Osiris arrived at Auckland Zoo from South Africa during April, and are settling in well.

Anubis & OsirisThe two ten-month-old brothers already seem very much at home in their new 'Cheetah Spot' exhibit at the back of Pridelands (the Zoo's African area), where they have been getting to know their new handlers.

Having cheetah is a first for the Zoo. Their presence here provides fantastic opportunities to advocate for this, Africa's most endangered big cat, and the world's fastest land animal!

Auckland Zoo's cheetahs Anubis and Osiris

• 10-month old brothers arrived in mid-April 2006 at Auckland Zoo from Cheetah Outreach in Cape Town, South Africa, where they have been hand-raised under its Ambassador Training Programme.

• They were born on 4 June 2005 at De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, located just outside Johannesburg. De Wildt is a cheetah haven and breeding centre, and works very closely with Cheetah Outreach.

• Cheetah Outreach is a non-profit Trust, set up in 1997. It is dedicated to preventing the extinction of cheetah, and is involved in many activities to support the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Weight: 26.6kg
Height: From nose to base of tail: 111cm. Girth: 67cm. Tail: 72cm
Distinguishing features: Ginger coat, sharper angular face, fewer but more distinctive rings on his tail than Osiris.
Likes: Springboks, kong balls, bottles, playing soccer, being stroked!
Dislikes: red coats, red jackets or red dresses, rhinos

Weight: 25.0kg
Height: From nose to base of tail: 106cm. Girth: 67cm. Tail: 94cm
Distinguishing features: Pawprint of spots on right flank, round face, less distinctive but more numerous brown stripes on tail.
Likes: Chickens, chasing his brother, bottles, being stroked, vegetation, hessian sacks.
Dislikes: Not much - very laid back cat!

The above obtained from http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/aucklandzoo/news_item.php?id=1145413414&archiveYear=&page=1


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:25 p.m.
Date: 29th April 2006
Weather conditions: Raining
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 120mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Nice POV, DOF and level of detail.

You've captured his eyes so well, it really seems to be such an expressive shot!

Another beautiful shot Pam!!! great light and detail!!!

for the bad conditions, the portrait
turned out very well, pam! :-)
excellent details and eyecontact.
well done & take care, thor.

Hi Pam,
Under the conditions you had to shoot under, you did and excellent job here. Very nice portrait shot on this young cheetah. Fill flash exposure did a good ob with the colors. Detail is very sharp.

Awwww, reading your notes reminds me of the Puma at Santago Rare Leopards over here, she is like a big over-grown tabby cat, and loves to be stroked (through the wire). She purrs like a tabby cat too...

Hi, Pam.
Nice shot. Super focus/sharpness. Excellent exposure and colors.

Hi Pam, excellent colors and details, Perfect colors, BG, and framing, great Job, TFS kyle

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-02 10:03]

Hello Pam,

Another awesome shot from you :-) Details are superb! I like the way he's looking at us! Colors seems very natural with white well balanced! Maybe a little bit of noise in the bg... Great job! TFS,


Hi Pam,

I am actively involved in a Cheetah Captive Breeding project. I don't think you could have chosen a more suitable title for your photo. One always falls in love with these critters at first sight.

De Wildt was where Japie, Callie and myself met for the first time. Can you still recall the posts? Captive breeding programs are doing very well here in SA.

Great to see you have the IS 400mm back.

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-05-02 10:24]

Still a great post and super stare in those eyes. Well done

Hi Pam

Great details and colors, I like this peaceful image

In a friendly way Christophe

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-02 10:49]

Wow, Pam.
I don't blame you for falling in love.
He is gorgeous, and you captured him beautifully.
Fabulous eye contact.
Excellent focus and exposure. I love the POV.
Outstanding job, especially considering the glass.
TFS. : )

ohhhh Pam,
What a beauty, you've got me clearing a space in my favourites for this one.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
The window sill doesn't bother me, just look into those eyes.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hello Pam, everytime I see a post of the cheetah I always call my wife, she absolutely loves these animals..in fact il call her now...Ok her comment's were, " ahh it looks so sad love those big eyes, that's why I love them"... Well there you go, big smiley from me and a bigger one from Joanna. Very nice work.

Wow - Pam, I love this cat. Wonderful portrait shot! Excellent eye contact, great sharpness, natural colours - I like this composition very much. Thank you for posting.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-05-02 15:49]

Hi Pam,
Great portrait! Very good focus and exposure,
excellent details in eyes.
well done!

Very nice closeup portrait shot of this spotted speedster, all with nice lighting and Nice POV. :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-05-02 23:21]

Hola Pam,- Me gusta mucho esta bella foto, tiene mucho de tristeza en su mirada lo que le da un toque muy especial, luz contraste y foco son exelentes. Felicidades Luis52

Hi Pam,

Excellent shot,
very good eye contact.
Congratulation - well done!!!

TFS :-)

Hi Pam,
Very detailed, and excellent exposure.
Again, well done under rainy conditions etc. and the confines of zoo habitation.
I can see how it was "love at first sight" :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-04 22:24]

Poor conditions but great picture Pam, well done on this portrait, so vivid. Thanks.


Hi Pam,
Nice portait of your friend. Love at first sight;-)?
Well done

Hello ,

Beautiful picture , especially the eyes ! It has something despreate in it :) Realy nice !


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