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Waiting for the New Year

Waiting for the New Year
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-30 6:18
Viewed: 4016
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acinonyx jubatus / A New Years Wish


May the beginning of the New Year, fill your heart with new hopes, open up new horizons and bring you promises of brighter tomorrows. May you have plenty and pleasant photographic opportunities and may you continue to share them with us. May you never stop the love you have for nature and photography, no matter whom you are or where you are, and may we all remember the real aim of Trek Nature and that is to learn about nature through photography and not the other way around. All the best for 2013.

If it did not bring you joy
just leave it behind
let's ring in the New Year
with good things in mind.

Let every bad memory
that brought heartache and pain
and let's turn a new leaf
with the smell of new rain.

Let forget past mistakes
making amends for this year
sending you this greetings
to bring you hope and cheer.


This image is one from my 2010 archives and was taken in the iMfolozi Game Reserve. We sat watching these cheetahs for quite some time. They where really lazy and we had quite a lot of time to capture a number of images. They just stayed put under the shade of the trees even when some Warthogs came wandering past, just a few meters away. These Cheetahs just sat there watching as the hogs strolled right past them. Other than that nothing much exciting happened as it was a real hot summer day.

When I started to look for an image to use for the last posting of 2012, I thought this one was quite appropriate as it really looked as if these cheetahs were just waiting for time to go by. So I decided to name my final posting for this year "Waiting for the New Year".

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hi Ann,
What a stunner. Looks like the waiting is long for this lovely family. Excellent control over the exposure, considering the bright BG. The details are perfect. Maybe a small tilt correction to the left and a slight reduction on the green or blue color.

A happy New Year to you and Loot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-30 7:10]

Hello Anna,
Fantastic photo of this Cheeta family in great quality. Nice to see them in the shadow contrasting against the light background.
All the best for the new year to you and your family,

Hello Anna

Happy & Healthy New Year 2013 also for you and Loot,
excellent and very beautiful photo of these cheetahs,
fine frontal POV, wonderful light, I love
the pose and glance of the one in the right
side of the photo, TFS


Hello Anna,
Lovely composition with beautiful clarity,colour and nice play of light.Captured with very perfect exposure.
Happy new year to you and your family.
MY regards,

Hello Anna,
A stunner it certainly is! What a beautiful image! Taking nothing away from the photographer but that Zeiss lens is something else. Thank you also for the perspective in your note which I repeat here "... the real aim of Trek Nature ... is to learn about nature through photography and not the other way around." May we all remember that.

PS: And may you and your family have a wonderfully blessed year ahead. Our brief stay here is only a step away from eternity.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-30 7:49]

Hello Anna.
Magnificent Cheetas capture.I liked POV,lighting,clear details and composition a lot.Happy new Year to you and your family too.Regards Siggi

Hello Anna
what a great scene and great pose. I like this very much. Focus, POV and natural colors great. Eyes contacts wonderful. Congratulations cordially.
I wish you and your family a happy new year. Best regards


You are so lucky to have such animals to photograph. Very good image which captures mood in the shade. Looks like the two on the left are having a conversation: "Well, shall we eat her now or later?" 8-) Great focus and natural color and lighting. TFS and a Happy New Year to you and your family as well with hopes for brighter tomorrows.


Hello Anna,

What a nice scene! There is again a lot of emotion in this photo.
Technically, exposure was particularly difficult, the cheetahs being in the shade, and it's a great result.
Tfs, Philippe.

Hi Anna
They do look very content. That is an amazing pose. What I liked besides the beautiful Cheetahs is the way your exposure held a balance between the shaded area and the sunny background.
The colours remained very natural and you captured lots of detail in the cats.
Happy New Year and all the best to you and Loot in the future.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Anna,

Hope you are doing fine friend. Before I comment on this wondrous photo of yours, let me wish you a happy new year in advance.
This is an absolutely superb shot of these wonderful cheetah family. They are all looking at you with their own peculiar impressions and their eyes are mesmerizing indeed and have been captured well in this mottled shade.The focus is perfect as is the shot....thanks a lot for sharing....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-12-30 11:04]

happy NY to you too, Anna

what a lovely capture, .. one'd like to pat them :), .. but that must be so naif a wish, .. skilfull capture anyway (as usual from you), .. and TFS it

best wishes


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-12-30 11:21]

Hi Anna,
Lovely photo of those dinky pussycats.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Happy new year!!!

Hello Anna,
An exllent capture with fine colors, details & pose. Great composition & presentation. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes for the New Year!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-30 12:26]

Hi Anna,very nice idea for the new year postcard,a beautiful trio and a great capture! I like how you manage these difficult and different light levels,very professional details too.I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks for share,Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-12-30 17:30]

Dear Anna,
Wow! What a stunning surprise: this lovely and beautiful family of cheetahs.Nice way to do your New Year greetings.
Thanks for that!Happy New Year to you and Loot too!

beautiful family. excellent wildlife image of cats. good work. nicely taken. tfs. Happy New Year.

Ciao Anne, great capture of fantastic trio in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2013, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-12-31 6:26]

Fine family portrait..hope they will see through next year with out any hitch..lovely capture. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-12-31 6:28]

Hallo Anna,
Great shot of this Cheeta family ..
Very good POV and composition, natural colours and very good sharpness .
Happy New Year to You and Your Family,

Hello Anna,
Wish You a Happy Prosperous New Year 2013
very very nice presentation with marvelous light, colour and composition.
with my heartiest thanks.

hello Anna...this a beautiful trio of sprinters, which brings us to the new year That I hope will run fast and smoothly ...
I wish you a year full of happiness

Hello Anna
Beautiful animals and great photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!
My best wishes for the New Year too!

Anna, this is a great capture of this Cheetah with her cubs. I like the sharpness and POV. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR

A marvellous family portrait, Anna.
How dignified this trio of cats looks!
The subjects are in shade but the image is truly sharp, crisp and clear.
Thanks for sharing this gem from your archives.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-02 4:39]

Hello Anna,
Thanks so much for your kind wishes and your vivid shot which goes with them.
It's my turn to send a "Happy New Year" towards the south...
Interesting picture, every cheetah has a "personal" expression.
Take care!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2013-01-02 6:07]

Splendid image, Anna
Great portrait with a fantastic eye contact. Really a beauty!

Thank you very much for your kind words on my post, Anna!
I have appreciated very much!
Unfortunately at this time I can not take part on TN for various reasons even if sometimes I look at your photos with great pleasure.

My best wishes for the New Year and congratulations on your 200th post on TN!
Regards. Enrico

Hello Anna.
What a great way to ring in the New Year with this amazing image. The details and colours are great, I love how they are in the shadows of the tree and the three make a great composition.
Happy New Year to you, Loot and your family. Greetings from Canada.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-03 2:25]

Hello Anna,
very lovable animals. Such a pretty view under the shade and the face and gestures are really lively.
You did very well in composing and presenting the animals in a pleasant tyle.
Well done.


Ciao Anna. Impressive deytails and DOf agains the bright BG. Lovely scene here!


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-01-03 12:05]

Hola Ann, gracias por sus buenos deseos mismos que le envío a usted. Hermos foto de estos bellos felinos con diferentes expresiones en su cara; me gusta el entorno natural y la composición de la foto y el buen manejo de la luz a pesar de los contrastes con la sombra...feliz año nuevo...

Hi Anna,
Beautiful photo of a cheetah family, excellent control of exposure considering you were in really difficult situation with the main compositional elements in shade and the background under sunlight. Top class sharpness, too, while composition's second to none. Absolutely stunning image, supported with a great personal note. Bravo.
Thanks for your kind wishes and I wish a prospetrous new year to you & Loot, too. Best regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-04 15:17]

Hello Anna,
I have to agree with you on this one, they really do look like they are waiting for the New Year to begin. I have alway thought that cheetahs were one of my favorite big cats and now I see why..they are simply gorgeous with their black teardrop markings and spotted coats. You have captured this family perfectly! Outstanding image!!
Hope 2013 is gracious to you and your family.
God Bless,

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-01-07 20:00]

Hello Anna,

A very apt, animated posting and to ring in the new year. The family is portraying a plethora of emotions it would seem.

The Mother a bit bored if not anxious for the start of 2013, the cub on the left slightly surprised in an uncertain way, and the cub to the right has just been told that it will not be permitted to attend the year end wildcat party at the local singles den.

Impressive focus and in fine light, these cats are absolutely purrfect in all respects. Well done and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.



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