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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Cheetahs in Namibia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-21 3:34
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Cheetah. An adult photographed from a jeep.
Location is the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
More info about the former here. Listen also to the Cheetah chirp at the previous link.

Description...from wikipedia
The cheetah's chest is deep and its waist is narrow. The coarse, short fur of the cheetah is tan with round black spots measuring from 2 to 3 cm (0.79 to 1.2 in) across, affording it some camouflage while hunting. There are no spots on its white underside, but the tail has spots, which merge to form four to six dark rings at the end. The tail usually ends in a bushy white tuft. The cheetah has a small head with high-set eyes. Black "tear marks" run from the corner of its eyes down the sides of the nose to its mouth to keep sunlight out of its eyes and to aid in hunting and seeing long distances.

The adult cheetah weighs from 40 to 65 kg (88 to 140 lb). Its total body length is from 115 to 135 cm (45 to 53 in), while the tail can measure up to 84 cm (33 in) in length. Males tend to be slightly larger than females and have slightly bigger heads, but there is not a great variation in cheetah sizes and it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone. Compared to a similarly-sized leopard, the cheetah is generally shorter-bodied, but is longer tailed and taller (it averages about 90 cm (35 in) tall) and so it appears more streamlined.

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Hi Annick,
A lovely portrait capture of this beautiful cheetah.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Annick,
You handled the strong top light well..It has deadened the eyes a little bit, but that's to be expected.
Very good work,

hallo Annick
Weer een schitterende foto
zeer scherp en goed van kleur
een plaatje!!
groetjes lou

hi annik, very nice close up!i was at the cheetah conservation fund to ! it's a nice place and the cheetah's come very near to the jeeps. it was a wonderful experience. tfs.

Soooo beautiful - I love this noble cat, Annick.
You made such a good portrait-shot and I love to see the tongue outside.
Thanks, lovely
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-21 9:48]

Hello Annick,
´WHat a superb portrait of a Cheetah! I love the look on its face, the little tongue and the sharp eyes! Excellent details and colours and very nicely framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Annick,
Excellent portrait of Cheetah; great POV, composition, sharp fine details, eye contact, good colours and lighting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-21 11:08]

Hi Annick. You are such a lucky man to have seen this beautiful animal. But thanks for bringing us this beautiful picture. First class sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given natural colours. I just love the tonge. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-21 13:14]

Hallo Annick,
Hoewel ik vorige mooier vond, mag deze er ook zijn. Technisch is hij weer meer dan uitstekend. Vooral de scherpte is echt perfect. Prachtig natuurlijke kleuren. Leuke pose met het tongetje.

hello Annick
Great portrait shot of this cheetah
crisp clear details on his fur
beautiful colors and lighting
very well done

Hi Annick,
Another ecellent portrait this cheetah. Congratulations! Well done!
TFS and Best regards. Ferran


As usual, a good cactch, this one I like the contrast and de saturation, a strong sunlight on top of the animal and besides that you did very well

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-23 3:01]

Hi Annick,

Een leuke plaat van dit jachtluipaard,ik zie dat je oook weer even in zuidelijk africa geweest bent,idd zijn er volgens mij in Namibie meer cheetahs als in bv kruge,fraai vasgelegd en het tongetje heeft wel wat,


Hi Annick!

These dark eyes make this cheetah sooo wild! (and I guess it is so :) )
Perfect details in the fur and composition added to the above make this portrait one of my favorites, so TFS!

Best regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-23 11:57]

Hi Annick,
Excellent portrait.I liked POV,expression on face and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-25 7:31]

Hello Annick, Excellent shot and lovely clarity. Sharp picture and good presentation. Ganesh

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