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Cheetah Portrait

Cheetah Portrait
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-07 4:59
Viewed: 2415
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Cheetahs are extremely shy creatures and although they roam widely, the Cheetah is not often seen as easily as some other cats due to their reclusive nature. Due to habitat destruction and loss of species to prey upon, Cheetahs have become extinct in many areas where they formerly ranged. These animals are also prone to disease due to the genetic weaknesses inherent from inbreeding and so close in metabolic structure they are the only animal on earth that could accept a skin graft from one another. Although this sounds like an amazing attribute, it is devastating genetically. This means there is no diversification making them very susceptible to fall victim to diseases with little defense in their immune systems.

Cheetah mothers are extremely devoted to their young. They spend a long time teaching their young how to hunt. One method is the mother Cheetah will bring small live antelopes back to the cubs releasing them so the cubs can practice chasing and catching them. The mortality rate for cubs is very high and some 50-75% die before they reach the age of 3 months. In the wilderness, an adult's average lifespan is 10 to 12 years. Cheetahs are known to be solitary animals. Males may accompany the female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone with her cubs. Average litter size is 2 - 4 cubs, blind and helpless at first. Cubs suckle their mother for 2 to 3 months and begin to eat meat as early on as 3 weeks of age. By the 4th month the cheetah cubs are a tawny golden yellow and almost completely spotted. The cub's gray mantle disappears with the last traces visible when the cubs are near adult-sized at 15 months.


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Bonjour Paul.
Je ne peu qu'adhérer à cette image. Mon animal préféré admirablement mis en valeur.
Une belle image aux jolies couleurs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-07 7:02]

Hello Pauly,
Bautiful sharp detailed portrait of this Cheetah. Good choice of composition.

Hello Pauly!
Wow! What a incredible portrait! Lovely animal with nice colors and excellent sharpness.Great job! Do you live in paradise? Lucky man!!!!!!!! TFS
Nice e-end!

Nice pose of the cheetah. Good compositition and detail. excellent portrait. regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-07 9:03]

Hi Paul,a super portrait and a magnificent work,what a beautiful light position and what a impressive sharpness and colors,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Pauly,
another beautiful portrait. Nice colours and composition. Interesting note.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Pauly,
Fantastic cheetah portrait you have here. I just love those eyes. Great sharpness and details. Very well done and tfs.
Have a great weekend.

Ciao Pauly, great portrait of superb creature, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-07 14:39]

Hello Paul,
a superb portrait of this cute cheetah.excellent sharpness and details. I like the tight crop and the POV.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-07 19:38]

Hello Paul,
superb view of this cheetah. Exciting spots and pattern well shown as well as its special pose.
The dtailsand angle of light helps a lot in giving an impressive view.


Hello Pauly
Beautiful portrait with good composition and good sharpness.

Hi Pauly,
I can't believe you got so close to this cat. Beutiful!
Well done and have a great weekend?

Bonjour Pauly,
Le sujet est relativement bien valorisé malgré, me semble-t-il, une insuffisance de profondeur de champ à moins que l'image soit très légèrement floue à cause de l'utilisation du téléobjectif sans trépied ; l'utilisation du flash avec une telle focale m'interpelle également.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Very excellent portrait!!!
TFS, Ferran

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