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This is a pretty cool shot of a cheetah called Malaika, who here seems to be snarling and protecting her two cubs. I'll share two secrets with you though:<...
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This is a pretty cool shot of a cheetah called Malaika, who here seems to be snarling and protecting her two cubs. I'll share two secrets with you though:

1. She is yawning rather than snarling, and was actually really relaxed here.

2. This photo is a stitch. In the original photo I had a very tilted horizon, and when I adjusted it in Lightroom I didn't have enough space left over and to the right of the cheetah. Luckily I had the option to create a stitch using two versions of this scene, where I got more space to play around with. Check out my Instagram story on @jon.ste where I go through how I did it.
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Runner Up in Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 8
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tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi July 17, 2017
congrats. great composition
benda8
 
benda8 July 17, 2017
Stunning shot!
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 July 17, 2017
Great Shot !...Fantastic Capture.
Badgrandad PRO+
 
Badgrandad July 18, 2017
Simply beautiful clean capture of a moment.
novedmij
 
novedmij July 19, 2017
Well deserved great composition.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis September 03, 2017
Awesome capture congrats on your contest finalist and runner up:-)
keepclicking
 
keepclicking October 31, 2018
Fantastic pic
Andyidd54
 
Andyidd54 December 06, 2018
Fantastic picture
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO March 02, 2019
nice shoot for the cheetah and this baby
dinahumphreys PRO+
 
dinahumphreys Jan 03
Beautiful masterpiece!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a photo from the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It was shot during the Great Migration in early August 2016.
Time
This was sometime before noon on our very last day before heading back to home to Sweden. We were heading back to camp when we saw the cheetahs getting up on the old termite mound, so it was a really good ending to the trip.
Lighting
This was shot in natural light. If I remember correctly it was a bit cloudy, making the colours a bit dull, but also for a nice and even light.
Equipment
This was shot handheld from our vehicle, 175mm with a Nikon 80-400mm lens on a Nikon D500 body.
Inspiration
I just wanted to capture the moment with the cheetah and her cubs, and was lucky enough that she yawned.
Editing
This photo is a stitch. In the original photo I had a very tilted horizon, and when I adjusted it in Lightroom I didn't have enough space left on top and to the right of the cheetah. Luckily I had the option to create a stitch using two versions of this scene, where I got more space in the background to play around with. Other than that it's pretty basic Lightroom processing.
In my camera bag
When I took this photo my camera bag consisted of a Nikon D500 and a Nikon D750 and three lenses; Nikon 80-400mm F4.5-5-6, Nikon 70-200mm F4 and a Samyang 14mm F2.8.
Feedback
Get out there and hope for the best. Timing and luck is a big part of safari photography, especially if you are a tourist rather than a professional.

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