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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: 2004-10-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): African Felines, 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Felidae of the world: First series, BEST OF: Cheetahs 1, Wild cats portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-15 12:19
Viewed: 6744
Points: 48
[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 mm – 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. This actually acts as “sunglasses”, because it absorbs the light and helps them to see better in daylight, and believe me, our African sun IS fierce! 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 in a litter. To me, a baby cheetah is the most beautiful animal in the world. You can look HERE for one I managed to shoot thru’ a wire fence.
AS for this guy lickin’ his chops, I just love that mug!

Venue – De Wild Cheetah Institute – Hatbeespoort
Date 16th October 2004
Time 15h44
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,3 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/200 @ F8
Off camera i-TTL Balanced fill
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – Handheld
Bit of cropping, levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

pompey, Robbrown, willie, NitzanCK, Signal-Womb, JeanMichel, JennHen, marhowie, Luc, Janice, gerhardt, red45, carper, jhm, christophe has marked this note useful
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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-15 12:28]
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Excellent shot Callie, can you tell me when you are posting next time, so my picture doesn't end up next to yours in the gallery (only joking).
Beautiful portrait of a beautiful animal, great texture to the coat, good pose, good colour.
Well done!

Very good sharpness, details and beautiful portrait.

Very nice callie , good bright portrate loads of detail love the detail of the tounge with its damp reflective surface which could be a problem with the flash causing highlights.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-15 13:41]

Stunning shot Callie. Much charactor in this great shot. Excellent post as usual

Nice capture Callie
Stunning aminal, I wish I could tatch my nose with the tong ;)

Nice sharpness, hot colors, composition and background.
Well done

Great portrait Callie.
Now is it my turn to be behind with the comments, bad internet connection for a few days, it's solved now.
Good sharpness and great pose, compostion and colours.
Very good note like always.
Great work my friend

Another stunning portrait of the Cheetah. Your so lucky to get close to these big cats. Great post.

Hummmm, that was a good meal! Very well catched, Callie. I didn't know cheetah were endangered. Your note is very good to learn about these. I guess this one is in good hands in the Institute, because he looks very healthy. Your focal lenght shows you were not that close. Are they in semi-liberty or in the wild?

Sort of a funny expression, with his tongue up his nose ;>) Nice eye contact, too - do you suppose he was eyeing you up for desert?? Thanks for note and appealing shot. -Jenn

De toute beauté. Ce visage est vraiment racé. Les couleurs et la composition sont parfaites

Callie, Superb. I don't think I've ever seen a cat with its tonque so far up the snout like this before..Fantastic detail. Great eye contact. Very nice!

STUNNING.. I think i should visit my family in South-AFrica this year.. I am so jealous ;)

Great timing,with his tongue up his nose.

Well done

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-16 3:36]

I cant do that!
A more than excellent post, Callie: picture and note plus an interesting link. I have forgot to have written that critic.
The Cheetah is a beautifull animal.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-16 3:40]

Looks like he's eyeing you up and licking his chops in readiness, Callie. Excellent shot, clear and sharp. Colours "spot on":)

I guess those sharp claws can't get the job done. :)

Callie, this is just perfect. The ey-contact is the best. Masterpiece. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-16 5:52]
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Mniam...tasty! Excellent portrait of beautiful cat. Everything on it is great!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Great portrait, superbe pose.
Well done.

So, was this the one with the subtitle "Hungry Eyes"?? ;-))
Another beautiful capture with excellent sharpness, DOF and colours. Cute kitty ;-)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-16 13:05]

Fantastische foto Callie,
It's a lear shot with, a fantastic sharpnes, a great eye contact, a good pof and dof, very good shot Callie I like it very much

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-16 16:14]

Jy het my voorgespring :) ek sal 'n paar dae wag voordat ek myne pos. The sharpness is great and I love the eye contact.

Excellent job

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-17 2:29]
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Hier zie ik de grootte Callie met zijn prachtige dieren foto's, de neus proper houden is belangrijk voor de goede ademhaling tijdens het lopen, maar u heeft het opnieuw mooi gedaan om op dit ogenblik deze foto te kunnen nemen.

Nothing to repeat , excellent shot Callie
in a friendly way Christophe

He would like to eat you? You should look very tasty :-) Great photo!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-17 6:42]

Great Portrait shot,he must be ralaxing mood,after his meal expecting his desert ;).
Really liked the tongue sticking out &his face expression in this shot.10/10 .

It is intersting to read the narration of this endangered spicies. Thank you Callie.

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