Cheetahs have always been a special species to me. Since I was a little boy, I have been fascinated by them for many reasons (of which their immense speed was obviously one). As I took up photography, I came to appreciate more of their nuances. But one thing that's pretty challenging when photographing them, is getting their amber eyes to come out nicely - this can only really happen in that first and last light of day when the sun is flat enough to shine in under their slightly protruding brows. During the rest of the day these same brows/eye-banks cast their eyes in shadow.
This image was captured early one morning at the Craig Lockhart waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I sure hope to be seeing cheetahs on our upcoming family trip there!
Nikkor 500mm f4 VR-II
f8.0 | 1/1000 SS | ISO-560
Exposure Bias +0.7
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