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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Theme(s): BEST OF: Cheetahs 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 4:59
Viewed: 5777
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just as we were leaving the Cheetah enclosure, this beautiful beast shot up the tree and settled in to watch the Bison in a neighbouring enclosure. Taken at Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch. Please see workshop for another view. Thanks for looking.

Cheetah (Acinonyx Jubatus)

Length: Head and body-4.3-4.9 ft - Tail-2 to 2.5 ft.

Shoulder Height: 2.3-2.8 ft

Weight: 75-150 lbs.

Habit: Female solitary; male lives in small groups

Diet: Gazelles and other antelope; also hares, rodents, gamebirds and sometimes larger prey such as the zebra.

Lifespan: Up to 12 years in the wild, longer in captivity

cheetah is the world's fastest land animal and the most unique and specialized member of the cat family. It can reach speeds of 70 mph. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has a leaner body, longer legs, and has been referred to as the “greyhound” of the cats. It is not an aggressive animal, using flight versus fight. With its weak jaws and small teeth, the price it paid for speed, it cannot fight larger predators to protect it's kills or young.

The cheetah is often mistaken for a leopard. It's distinguishing marks are the long tear-drop shaped lines on each side of the nose from the corner of it's eyes to it's mouth. The cheetah’s coat is tan, or buff colored, with black spots measuring from ¾ to 1 ¼ inches across. There are no spots on it's white belly, and 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. Male cheetahs are slightly larger than females and have a slightly bigger head, but it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone. The cheetah is a vulnerable species. Out of all the big cats, it is the least able to adapt to new environments. They have always proved difficult to breed in captivity, but recently a few zoos have been successful. Once widely shot for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.

The above obtained from http://www.indianchild.com/cheetah.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:33 p.m.
Date: 15th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/30
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-31 5:59]

Great capture, Pam!
The cheetah is probably my favourite mamal, so any photo of it just makes my heart grow :)
Excellent shot, with beautiful colors, very good exposure, levely BG, wonderfully composed and framed.
Bravo and TFS

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:59]

Hi Pam,
Great picture of this Cheetah head.
Good DOF, color and BG

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-31 6:05]
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Hi Pam,
Is this an in-flight Cheetah?? He looks as if he's riding that log :-) Unusual pose you've caught him in, a beautiful portrait. Perfect exposure and detail, great colours and DOF is spot-on. Wonderful shot.

Well...what can I say??? another beauty!!!
Congrats, Pam.

Nice shot Pam.
Very clear and well composed.
Well done.

Hi Pam,
What a great pose you captured! Beautiful quality light and a spot on exposure has rendered beautiful colors. Nice sharp detail with great control on the DOFto give the great OOF backround. Great portrait!

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-07-31 7:53]

Excellent portrait of my favourite big cat. The composition is excellent with good DOF

Hello Pam, excllent colors. Great use of DOF perefct Lighting, excllent POV Great framing. TFS kYle

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-31 8:32]

Nice title for this superb felin that you have very well captured ! All settings are great for this excellent shot in its smart frame...
Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing your chef-d'oeuvre with us.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-31 10:57]

hi pam
nice title and composition. informative note. POV, blured BG, DOF, colours, details and frame are great.
thanks for sharing

Hi Pam, you made a great photo of this cheetah.
Very well done!
greetings Jan-arie

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-31 12:28]

Hi Pam

Beautiful shot of the Cheetah, the colours are great, excellent detail on the Cheetah which stands out well against the Blurred BG.

TFS Hilary

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-31 13:06]

Great shot Pam. Superb colors and lovely composition. Sharp focus and good POV. Well done & TFS!


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-31 13:43]

Hello Pam , A Great shot from the cheetah, Good compositie colours his eyes pov and beauty bg , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-31 14:30]

fantastic shot Pam,
great details fantastic composition, the colours are nice the pov is great, super shot, with my compliments.
gr. jaap

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-31 15:25]

Hi Pam !
This is truly a wonderful shot ! The pose and the expression of the cheetah is fantastic. Details, colors, composition, POV and DOF are perfect, asusual from you. The cheetah has got very beautiful eyes. very well done !

Magnifique capture Pam, with excellent sharpness and details. Perfect shot. TFS!

Excellent photo, Pam! Great light and sharpness. Impressive intensity of eyes
Best regards

for me this photo is better, in my opinion, than the view in the workshop. The head shows that there is life in the cheetah, it is expecting something. The WS photo does not reflex the life that is in this grat cat. In any case both are well shot pictures.

Splendid sharp photo, excellent tight crop, beautiful color excellent light and contrast in a great photo.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-01 3:57]

Now that is absolutely gorgeous, Pam.
WOW! I love it.
Beautiful colors, graceful pose, wonderful eye contact, sharp details, perfect exposure... Just fantastic!
TFS. : )

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-08-01 4:54]

HI Pam,

Great shot!
Fantastic backgrounf it really sets the Cheetah off.
Great composition.
I love the claw marks on the branch, it makes it look like this is taken in a natural setting.

Hi Pam

What a wounderful photograph of my favorite animal. Great colors and details. Perfect POV and BG too. A truley beautiful portrait. And nicley framed as usual.
Thank you very much for sharing

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-01 10:22]

Hello Pam,

Wonderful picture of this lovely cat! Using a good pov you did an excellent composition! I understand why you choose that title when I look at his look! Details are wonderful and you managed greatly the exposure! The nice blurred bg compliments very well the animal too! Great picture and TFS,


Excellent DOF on this wonderful capture of the cheetah the details are very sharp and the warm colors are right on target. Very nice Pam. :)

Excellent capture Pam, love the pose and close composition. Really marvelous sharpness of image. Very well done.

Hi Pam,
This is a wonderful shot. Technically perfect IMHO :)
Very well done!

Hi Pam,
Brilliant shot! Very sharp image, great pose and nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-08-03 12:38]

Lovely and the framing is really spot on here. Great work as always

Super, super shot. Worthy of any competition! I love the pose, especially the forearms close together, although I can't work out how he's doing it. Is that a claw diffing into the bark? Fantastic background, as well.

Very nice pic. great pose. Nice POV, sharpness, colors. Thanks for the workshop. It is interesting to see the other parts of the scene. The present pic is much nicer than the workshop. Good work.

Hi Pam,
Nice shot! Very sharp image, great pose and nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!


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