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California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Cheetahs 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-14 2:41
Viewed: 3470
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was standing about 2 meters from this beautiful animal... nothing between us (no glass, no bars). It still gives me goose bumps to have been in such close presence of this magnificent cheetah.

Acinonyx jubatus

Speeding across all parts of Africa where there aren't a lot of trees

Long and lanky cat with dark spots and yellow-gray fur. Head seems small for its body.

Creature Profile:
Bursts of high speed give the cheetah a great advantage as a predator. A cheetah hunts gazelles, impala, wildebeest, and other animals that all know how to move fast. If the cheetah wants to survive, it needs to be even faster. If the cheetah catches dinner she'll hide it away, but sometimes her prey gets away, or even TAKEN away by vultures and other carnivores. After all that running, a cheetah gets so tired, she won't be able to hunt again until the next day.
Cheetah moms chirp to their cubs! Cheetah cubs have a grayish puffy mane of three-inch hair until they are three months old that makes them look much bigger than they are. These playful babies get into lots of trouble, so looking bigger to a predator comes in handy.
Male cheetahs will defend a home territory in groups. Female cheetahs, on the other hand, usually live a solitary life, and like the freedom of being off on their own with their cubs.

Photo taken at Marine World


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A real "macro" of the cheetah.. magnificent light and fur textures.

Excellent close up portrait of this cheetah, you can see every little hair on this beautiful feline. Well done Manyee. :)

I changed my username 'Toucadoo'. I hope you except the my new username that I've chosen 'AnimalExplorer'.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-14 6:11]

Manyee, you have cropped this fellow so well as it makes his eyes and his tight mouth grab my attention. What an intes=nse look he has, well done,

Hi Manyee,
You should get the nick name Daredevil, getting this close. But, it was worth the risk, the details in the cheetah are outstanding, such great contrast and the colors are really beautiful. I love the reflection in the big eyes. Did you create a new b/g or is this created by the flash light. Looks like she's missing an ear but it is probably hidden behind her head.

Hi Manyee,
The EYES are it! What a great and unique shot. I love the tight crop.
Nice to break the mold and be bold! I love it!

Hi Manyee,
How come you could be so close? You captured an amazing expression in this Cheetah's eye! Wow! He seems like dreaming about its future :) Great portrait with very good details. This is beautiful and really well done! TFS,

The intense stare is quite astounding, he/she was obviously not concerned with your prescence.
I think that the shape of the head looks a bit strange, maybe because of the head crop and the fact that we can only see one ear. I think a slightly wider shot would be better.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-08-14 8:49]


nice ... where do you find all these lovely anamils?

tfs scott

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-14 13:01]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent exposure and sharpness. The head does look a bit strange with the black background on the right and the ear missing.
With her black tears, this cheetah looks very sad, something in her eyes... I guess you were very exited.

I love these big cats Manyee,
This one is stunning.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

How did you manage to be so close with no obstruction? Really nice portrait. I once read a neat story about the "tears of a cheetah". Wish I remember. (Senile-I think :-]) This is a beautiful shot

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-15 23:20]

Wow Manyee, what a wonderful portrait. So clear, sharp and lighting is perfect. The Cheetahs face expression looks very curious. Very nice capture.

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