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Two cheetah brothers, 5-6 months old playing around. Phinda Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

Two cheetah brothers, 5-6 months old playing around. Phinda Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa .They were right next to a large termite mound.
Time
This was an early morning shot where the cats were just starting to get active in the day. This was take back on Sept 14, 2005. There were 4 cubs in total, all male. I was able to shoot this at ISO 200 because of the excellent lighting.
Lighting
This shot was taken during the golden hour sunrise. The shadows are still pretty long.
Equipment
At that time I used at Canon 1Ds II and a Canon 100-400L @285mm f/6.3. It was hand held with no additional aids.
Inspiration
I love cats ! Anytime I get to photograph them is a special moment. The mother and 4 cubs were both resting and playing with each other. I was able to capture quite a few shots of the cubs playing and interacting with each other. Seeing cheetah is especially exciting as they currently on the endangered list !.
Editing
I shot in raw and this is a full frame uncropped shot. I did do the basic post processing working with levels and sharpening, but nothing more than that.
In my camera bag
When I now go on safari, I carry a Canon 7D II, Canon 5D III and a Canon 1Dx. My Canon 400 DO with a 1.4x goes on the 7D to get maximum telephoto. My Canon 100-400L II goes on the 1Dx and my 70-200L II goes on the 5D. I do have a 70-300L and 28-70L with me, but on the actual safaris, I use the combination listed above. In that way, I do not have to change lenses in the field, I can quickly swap cameras.
Feedback
Be prepared ! As I mentions above, I have 3 camera bodies with 3 different lenses. The animals on safari can get extremely close to the vehicles and if you only have telephoto lenses, you might miss out on your best shots. I recommend that at least one of your lenses be 400mm, however 300mm will also work. If you are doing any birding, the longer the better. Changing lenses in an open vehicle can allow for dust and dirt to enter the camera, so I do not recommend it. I never use a tripod in the vehicle, it is too awkward and you are not allowed to stand (in South Africa) as the vehicles are open with no windows or roof. Perfect your hand holding skills !

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