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I’ve my eyes on you!

I’ve my eyes on you!
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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: 2004-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, African Felines, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-31 12:58
Viewed: 6378
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The only thing I like to shoot more than bids are the spotted cats! Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus - I will post species info with the next cheetah post. 04h00 this morning, when the alarm went off, the wind was blowing a cold front. This canned my planned outing to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. However, when we did get up, my wife suggested the Lion & Rhino Park in Kromdraai, about 50 km from us. Since my dad turns 89 next week, we took him & my mom to see some wildlife. Needless to say, I got stuck in the cheetah camp. They have 5 cheetahs, beautiful specimens each of them. Saturdays are feeding time, and I ended up shooting nearly 200 images. Unfortunately, the sun was in my face for most of the time, hence I had to use flash to fill in, & many times the flash did not fire. However, there are a couple of very pleasing posts in the batch, this one being one of my favourites. I love mug shots; I love feline & bird eyes, & this cat delivered in pose with those lovely hazel brown eyes. Nikon D70 & Sigma 120-300 f2.8 & 2X converter @ 500 mm; ISO 200, -0,7 EV; iTTL Balanced fill flash off camera; Bean bag on window; Levels lighter, Added space above ears & to left; reduced to size and USM, faded to soft light to suit. Enjoy.

carper, nwoehnl, jhm, AndyB, gerhardt, PDP, japie, mogens-j, avigur_11, Jax, RAP, elroyie, zto, CoolDan, Bernard, aktolga, Roynsam has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-31 13:03]
  • [2]

Fantastisch Callie,
Great that eyes, that colours that dof, great note.
Ja Callie wat moet ik nog meer zeggen. Ik steek de lof trompet op.

Wonderful, Callie. A real beauty, and I do enjoy his appearingly focused look with the brown eyes. The play of light accentuates some fine details on the coat and the "beard". Great shot.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-31 13:20]
  • [2]

Callie what a great animal photo again, excellent cropped and lovely colours!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-31 13:41]
  • [2]

Another beautiful portrait shot.
Very good lighting,detail and colours.
Just a wonderful capture,very well done.

Master of mugshots you are... and not only that. This is a fine example for all of us. Very nicely done. Those eyes are alive! Thanx for sharing.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2004-07-31 15:23]
  • [2]

Wonderful Callie.
Light, shapness and colours are great.
Good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-31 15:40]
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Excellent portrait, Beautiful eyes, the fur is well captured and colours and light very good.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 16:03]
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Great work on the cheetah. The cheetas in this camp is the reason why I've gone out to buy a 2X converter, the buggers know where the furthest point from the road is. I love the eyes. Have you ever tried the De Wild Cheetah Research center her by me? The cheetah's are really something to see. Happy birthday to your Dad

Yet another fine portrate shot with lots of detail even a twinkle in the eye for you. good full notes as usual.

  • mogens-j Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 751 W: 128 N: 5] (20)
  • [2004-07-31 17:05]
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Another perfect portrait picture of this big cat. Not much to say - everything is perfect as well as the note.

Upppps no more point - back tomorrow.

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-07-31 18:16]
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Oy, do you drag your innocent wife and parents (one of them birthday celebrating) off on an outing and then "get stuck"? Shame on you ;-))
Nice capture and good handling of the light conditions.

This look i his eyes is freezing the blood. I like the direction of light and the wa it plays in his fur. wonderful shot, Callie.

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  • Cat Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-31 23:11]
  • [+]

Oh Callie, Brilliant again! Those eyes, the DoF is perfect, and just another lovely capture. Congratulations once again on a job well done!

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-01 8:09]

Wonderful shot of this magnificent creature - dof, lighting and colour spot on.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-01 8:48]

Maravillosa imagen Callie.
No siempre tener la oportunidad de capturar imagenes así, permiten tan bellas fotos.
La mirada del felino es impactante.
Gran encuadre y profundidad para resalta al maximo al animal.
Colores muy naturales y la ubicaciones del sol, perfecta.

Wonderful image Callie.
Not always to have the opportunity to capture imagenes thus, they allow so beautiful photos.
The glance of the feline is impressive.
Great frame and depth for stand out to the maximum to the animal.
Very natural colors and the locations of the sun, perfect.

Very good capture with great DOF, the bokeh us just great, I can see your flash in its eye :-) (I think).

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-01 15:15]

Thsi is a beauty Callie. Those brown eyes are lovely, very conentrated. I find myself staring at them, admiring them. The soft earthy colours helsp to bring them out too.

face a face, faut pas perdre le sang froid, belle capture tres vivante, la photo parle pour nous, le rendu des couleurs et du détail est parfais ....bravo....amicalement BI

Very nice and expressive picture. Excellent composition and good light, I like it.

Le regard de cet animal est d'une grande concentration. Pas étonnant qu'il sont un si bon chasseur. Magnifique couleurs, magnifique animal, netteté: au poil. Bravo Callie.

Fantasties Callie. You can see the Cheetha is focused on what is coming! Great detail, and the flash warmed the face nicely. Great note. Just a matter of intrest Callie is there a Observatory near the Lion & Rhino Park in Kromdraai?

Hi Callie

Another stunning capture.



This is fine image. Beautiful counterlight and razoredged.
The well choosen quantity of flashlight make details of the fur clear and cause a fine contrast with the edge. The excellent DOF makes this cheetah detached from the background.
The cheetah is very concentrated and also well positioned in this image.

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