Cheetah

Last year April during a hike I almost bumped into a couple cheetahs sunbathing in the Eastern Cape. It was hot and they were fairly inactive. I could approach them up to about 2 meters distance and not a centimeter closer. Anyway I got the opportunity to picture one and processed the original RAW file in B&W reduction leaving only the hairs and the eyes of the animal visible next to a bit of background. Last week I started to add some colour in the image again and this is the result.

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Made this picture last year during a hike in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Just stumbled upon two cheetahs sunbathing (it was a very hot day and wildlife is very inactive during the heat of the day). I prefer picturing wildlife in the wild and preferable without telelens. It takes patience and silent communication and, as in this case, a bit of luck.

Processed in opalotype.

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Eye for an Eye

One for Laura Macky. Made in the wild somewhere in the Eastern Cape, South Africa last year. It’s BTW a Cheetah; not a leopard as mentioned in a comment in another posting. Shot with 70mm lens. Could approach up to around 2 meters. When I wanted to get closer the guy became a bit nervous. Took me a few hours to get what I wanted and luckily it was hot, very hot (cheetahs and leopards are lazy in the heat).CheetahEC9_edit

Chilling Cheetah in the wild

Some, in fact most, tourists visit a sanctuary, a game reserve of a zoo to see animals. That’s the safe way. I rather see them in a natural environment. But than one must be lucky to see any because most of the ‘wild’ animals are shy unless you enter their territory or protecting their young ones etc. Last week I was lucky during a forest walk on a hot day (45 degrees Celcius/113 degrees Fahrenheit).  A cheetah chilling in the shade, every now and than turning his head around. Carefully (standing with the camera holding at knee height, not making myself small by sitting) I shot some pictures. The whole shooting session lasted about 30 seconds and Yvonne was covering my back. After that we walked slowly backwards for some distance before we walked forward again but than in another direction.. 😀

I processed  all images a bit different.

The choice is yours! 😀