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cheetah (7)
Nephrotome2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is an atypical member of the cat family, that is unique in its speed, while lacking strong climbing abilities. The species is the only living member of the genus Acinonyx. It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 460 m (1,510 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 103 km/h (64 mph) in three seconds, faster than most supercars.

Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.7
Shooting Date/Time 09/08/2010 12:46:20
Shooting Mode Program AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/400
Av( Aperture Value ) 6.3
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 1600
Auto ISO Speed ON
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x
Focal Length 270.0mm
Image Size 4752x3168
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
FE lock OFF
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode AI Servo AF
Picture Style Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
Peripheral illumination correction Disable
File Size 21864KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode Low-speed continuous shooting
Live View Shooting OFF


Altered Image #1

Nephrotome2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
CS5/NIK Sharpen, Add Contrast & Vibrance
Edited by:brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)

I thought this was a very good image with nice eye contact with this cheetah on the move. It appears the light was a bit overcast in the original photo.

In PS5, I did a basic upwards contrast adjustment and a bit more vibrance.

Then made a layer selection of the eyes to slightly bring out their color using a little more brightness.

Using NIK Color Efex, I applied a graduated neutral density filter to soften the lower portion of the image making the grass a bit darker.

Then I applied a bit of sharpening using NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 (which really just uses PS existing sharpening with different plug-in controls).

Finally, I liked the overall composition but just cropped it ever so slightly and rotated clock-wise to better fill the frame with JeanMarie's beautiful image.