Shot during a recent trip to Namibia.

Shot during a recent trip to Namibia.
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janetcook64 February 18, 2015
Wow nice capture welcome to viewbug
Steve_Berry February 19, 2015
Great light, and a super portrait of a beautiful cheetah, all in all a superb photograph. Welcome to Viewbug, hope you post a lot more.
patricelivingston February 20, 2015
love the eyes -- you caught them in an orange glow with the sun, grasses, and overall black and shades of tan wisping through the whole photo.
royvenema February 20, 2015
Wow, my photo got selected as a judges favorite.
William_Doyle February 23, 2015
Great shot.
KillerBee01 March 17, 2016
Very beautiful..Like it a lot.
ThisWildLifePhotography June 11, 2016
I have a super soft spot for soft neutral tones...and big cats. This is both beautiful and....funny. When I first saw this photo I actually laughed out loud at the cat's very uamused looking look.
Bannekh July 03, 2016
nice shot

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the Hammerstein lodge in Namibia (Africa). They offer a big-cat tour for their quests. You can see caracals, 2 cheetahs and a leopard. The cats have been hand reared and cannot be released into the wild anymore.
I took this photo in the later afternoon at around 04:30 pm. The sun was already setting and produced a really nice soft light.
The sun provided the only light for this photo.
The photo is a handheld shot made with a Canon 70D DSLR and a Canon 70-200mm f4.0 lens. The EXIF data is: f4.0 - 1/800sec / 107mm / ISO 200.
I'm a huge fan of big cats and support the work of Africat ( They are committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores. I have adopted two cats: Shakira and Spitfire. At the Hammerstein I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to get really close to my favorite animals.
I did some basic post-processing in Lightroom, added some clarity and increased the exposure over the eyes to make them stand out even more.
In my camera bag
In my bag I normally have: - Canon 70D DSLR; - Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM; - Canon EF 70-200mm f4.0 IS USM; - Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM; - Filter kit (UV, ND-3, ND-10, Circular polarizer); - JJC wired timer remote control; - spare batteries and SD-cards; Other gear I use: - Black Rapid strap; - Canon EF f2.8 100mm macro lens; - Manfrotto MT294-A3 tripod with ballhead; - Joby Gorillapod SLR;
When shooting animals make sure their eyes are in focus. So put the cameras focus point on one of the eyes, press the shutter button halfway and then recompose. For this shot I got low to the ground so that I was almost at eye-level with the animal. Set the aperture to f4.0 (or the smalles number your lens will allow) to get a nice out of focus background. Finally and most important: always respect the animal and listen to the advice and rules of the ranger or guide.

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