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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: 2012-08-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikkor 200-400mm f4 VR II
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-31 5:00
Viewed: 2599
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Cheetahs have a unique, well-structured social order. Females live alone except when they are raising cubs. The females raise the cubs on their own. The first 18 months of a cub's life are important - cubs learn many lessons because survival depends on knowing how to hunt wild prey species and avoid other predators such as leopards, lions, hyenas, and baboons. At 18 months, the mother leaves the cubs, who then form a sibling group, that will stay together for another 6 months. At about 2 years, the female siblings leave the group, and the young males remain together for life. Males live alone or in coalitions made up of brothers from the same litter. Some coalitions maintain territories in order to find females with which they will mate. Territories are often located in areas where there is a rich supply of wild game and/or water. Fierce fights between male coalitions, resulting in serious injury or death, can occur when defending territories.
Cheetahs hunt in the late morning and early evening. They capture their prey by stalking - until they prey is within 10-30 meters - before chasing. The prey is suffocated when a cheetahs bites the underside of the throat. Chases last about 20 seconds, and rarely longer then 1 minute. About half of the chases are successful. In Namibia, cheetahs use playtrees (trees with sloping trunks and large horizontal limbs, usually camelthorns) to observe their surroundings and mark the area. Cheetahs make chirping sounds, and hiss or spit when angered or threatened. They purr very loudly when content.
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Ciao Paul, great portrait of superb creature, fantastic details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Nice one Pauly .... Brilliant ...almost. A bit too tight portrait perhaps, with good clarity and colors I must say, but that is what we should expect from a a great camera setup like yours isn't it? The thing which is missing in your shot here is imagination ... I think ...
George Veltchev

Wow what a catch.....No doubt a splendid portrait. Nice image taken from a good POV. The details and colors of this very nice cheetah are fantastic. I love the superb contrast against the brown background.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Paul
super good sharpness picture of this head
good details and beautiful naturel colours with nice light
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-31 8:27]

Hello Pauly,
Great portrait in superb sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Beautiful matching background.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-31 8:54]

Hello Paul,
fantastic portrait of a cheetah! Wonderfull details, light and colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-31 8:55]

Hi Paul,a spectacular portrait,excellent details and beautiful colors,and there is a special light into this pic,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-09-01 2:35]

Impresionante!! What a quality, very natural and sharp with such detail that it look like it is here in my computer. Congratulation and thanks for sharing.

Beautiful portrait Pauly! Very good composition, wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-09-02 7:01]

Hi Paul,
Excellent portrait in superb natural colours
with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Paul,
Congratulation. Great shot.
Cheers from NYC.

The lens worked great in low light. I love working with less contrasts as it brings out more details.. and when your working with Nikon and their best lens, in an area that almost demands having a camera.. you are still young and yet so pro! Good shot buddy!

Hello Paul,
An excellent portrait with exceptional clarity. Perfect detailed features and beautiful warm colours. Excellent work my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Pauly

Beautiful portrait of the Cheetah with its expressive glance,
lovely light, great focus, sharpness, and details,
very beautiful eye color tones, TFS


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