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Cheetah Couple



A Cheetah couple in the Cologne zoo in Germany. These two Cheetahs were among the most relaxed animals I've ever seen in a zoo. They were totally relaxed a...
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A Cheetah couple in the Cologne zoo in Germany. These two Cheetahs were among the most relaxed animals I've ever seen in a zoo. They were totally relaxed and behaved like 'normal' cheetahs. The habitat was nice and great for photographers! No glass!!! And still eye to eye on a really close distance! Amazing!
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eelcovanroden PRO
 
eelcovanroden November 07, 2016
Congratulations on your wonderful People's Choice Challenge Win!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt November 07, 2016
Dankjewel! Erg leuk weer!
NaturesHaven
 
NaturesHaven November 07, 2016
Very well deserved People's Choice...........well done............excellent image...............
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt November 07, 2016
Thanks a lot!
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 November 07, 2016
Totally awesome comp. & lighting!!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt November 07, 2016
Thanks a lot!
conwest_john
 
conwest_john December 08, 2016
Outstanding portrait and a brilliant use of light.
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt December 08, 2016
Thanks a lot! It was a pleasure to shoot them in this light!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole December 08, 2016
Beautiful!!! ....amazing focus on those eyes!!! : )
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt December 08, 2016
Thanks a lot! Yes...those eyes are amazing!
philaddis
 
philaddis January 07, 2017
Beautiful. Stunning.
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt January 08, 2017
Thanks a lot!
Eyeconic
 
Eyeconic January 10, 2017
This is wonderful work - well done on DOF use
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt January 10, 2017
Thanks a lot! I'm happy you like it!
Jonhay PRO
 
Jonhay March 24, 2017
Outstanding!!!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt March 24, 2017
Thanks!
nigelcooke
 
nigelcooke May 26, 2017
A stunning photo, I love it
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt May 27, 2017
Thanks a lot!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz June 06, 2017
Congrats on all of the awards this one has gotten. A beautiful capture.
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt June 07, 2017
Thanks a lot! I'm really very happy with this result! Didn't expected it at first, until I saw it on a big screen on my PC!
davbro
 
davbro December 08, 2017
Stunning shot! Nice light on the front cheetah
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt December 19, 2017
Thanks a lot! This is one of the best photo's I've ever made!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 05, 2018
Stunning!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt January 07, 2018
Thanks!
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Davewsphotography January 29, 2018
Beautiful image!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt January 29, 2018
Thanks a lot!
Toddhphy
 
Toddhphy January 29, 2018
That’s awesome!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt February 15, 2018
Thanks!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose May 28, 2018
Outstanding!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt May 29, 2018
Thanks a lot!
ashleylong_3815
 
ashleylong_3815 June 29, 2018
Very beautiful!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt July 02, 2018
Thanks a lot!
denisesmithhunter
 
denisesmithhunter September 22, 2018
Perfectly captured! Beautiful!
Rezaw
 
Rezaw November 16, 2018
Nice

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at the Kölner Zoo in Cologne, Germany.
Time
During the afternoon at around 2 pm I was shooting this amazing couple for at least 30 minutes, hoping for the perfect look.
Lighting
Only natural light was available. Animals don't like flashes ;) Thanks to the trees in the Cheetah area I got some amazing light conditions and a beautiful bokeh in the background.
Equipment
The camera I used was a Sony A77II with a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SSM. I shot wide open to get all the attention to the Cheetah looking into the lens. There was plenty enough light to use ISO 200 and a shutter speed of 1/320 sec. Of course the in body stabilization was turned on ;)
Inspiration
The living area of these two Cheetahs was amazing for both the animals as for photographers. The area was large and had some small hills, trees, and bushes. The animals were really relaxed and were just lying in the sun on top of one of the small hills. From a photographers point of view the area was amazing! There was no glass and no fencing so nothing could stop a nice and sharp photo! The viewpoint was placed in such a way that you could be on eye height with the animals! Big thanks to the Kölner zoo!!!
Editing
In post processing (Lightroom) I cropped the photo a little to get the proportions right. Further I did some minor contrast, highlight, shadow, sharpening and color corrections also I darkened the background a little to make the animals come out better. Finally I did some noise reduction in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
Normally my bag contains this: Camera: Sony A77II Lens1: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SSM Lens2: Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART Lens3: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART Lens4: Minolta 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 Remote: Simple wired shutter release Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 5370D Filters: Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader + various size adapters to fit it to every lens I have.
Feedback
The best advise? Go to a zoo! Be patient, wild animals will never do the thing you want them to do at the moment you want them to do it. Try to look for a zoo where they have no glass or dense fence around the living area. If there is glass or a fence, use a large aperture (small f number) so you have as little distortion as possible. Also try to predict what the animals are doing, mostly they have a fixed routine or a favorite spot they like, find the best angle to make the photo you like. But above all, be patient!

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