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He's-A-Cheetah by LoneWolfPhotography He's-A-Cheetah by LoneWolfPhotography
Dramatic portrait of one of the two Cheetahs at the new Predators of the Serengeti exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. I memorized the route these two brothers took in their roaming of their new enclosure, saw the possibility of getting just this shot as one of them passed through a sunny patch and was lucky enough to get the shot exactly as I saw it in my head...with a bonus of this seriously intent look aimed directly at my camera. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :D


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snowy-huskywolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
This looks great, I really love his expression.
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So very focused and intense isn't it? These guys have a way of looking intimidating all the time and I think it's cause unlike most cats I'm used to, they almost ALWAYS seem to have their mouths open just a little like this. Not sure if it's a breathing thing or what, but you can nearly always see their lower fangs/canines and it never fails to give them that "I'm about to eat you" look. :nod:
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snowy-huskywolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I think it helps in the wild when they may have to fight for prey or their cubs. The look would help to intimidate larger predators I assume.
Yeah XD Again I think it's another natural adaptation to the heat of the savannah, the breathing would allow a easier flow of oxygen to circulate around the body and ventilation.
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DaytonaBlue64Impala Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
This is my favorite cheetah shot that you've gotten. It's a lot sharper that the others.
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My apologies. :( Sharpness is a constant struggle with me and my camera. :nod: I know too many phogographers blame their errors on "bad lenses" but I really really do need a faster lens to eliminate much of my fuzziness in many of my images. Glad you found one you like though. :D
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DaytonaBlue64Impala Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
I know all about poor lenses. Slow focusing, bad image quality, the works. While, I don't have a DSLR, I've done my fair share of research on the subject.
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Passion4Photos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing shot Mark and he's giving you eye contact!
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Q-tipper Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
This is an amazing shot and perfectly timed.. :clap:
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Love the light, and the look, and the contrasts! Great job, Mark.
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: Thank you so much Michelle. :D I'm really happy with this shot...I got lucky and caught a very great look of concentration in a perfect spot for lighting. :nod:
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
You did indeed. And you know how I feel about the "lucky shot" thing. It takes a skilled photographer to put the luck to such good use.
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CristaliaART Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Cool shot! I love his eyes and fangs. :love:
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like he's looking right through you doesn't it? Also looks like he intends to sink those fangs into you! :fear: Thank you Karina. :bow:
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MissHelloKitty Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks so sweet and innocent :aww: He's probably plotting world domination... All sweet looking animals are.. :rofl:
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:rofl: Works exactly the same with sweet looking girls! :lmao:
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
amazing shot!
he looks majestic!
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: Thank you very much. :nod: I agree with you...his look is mezmerizing!
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Catgel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Female cheetahs are amazing what they have to go through to protect theyre young in the wild.
Each year in the uk we have a programme called BIG CAT LIVE, a bbc crew go to the african savannah for a week and film them its all live too its awesome & each year they follow the same cheetahs & lion familys i was in tears last time a cheetah mother what she went through all the danger just to protect her babies,its just a constant fight for them to protect theyre young. Sweetie when i was a little girl i didnt like zoos as i thought the animals were in cages . But now im a big girl i think zoos these days are so amazing i think its better for them as they get fed (they dont have to hunt) theyre safe & they can laze about all day in swimming pools sunbathing ! especially them lazy lions who sleep 23 hours a day !
Also we have a amazing zoo where i live called HOWLETTS & PORT LYMPHE ive took my little boys there three times the lions have theyre own little swimming pools too !:glomp:
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Catgel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Hes beautiful darling ! All your pictures are i loved your polar bear ones too !:glomp:
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! I'm very glad you found them enjoyable. :nod: :hug: Anything else in particular you'd like to see? You could help me decide what to post next. :nod:
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Catgel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Darling i love all of them im like a animal nut! I loved your polar bear ones theyre all amazing . What a wonderful job you have photographing all them animals & wow i would love you to decide ! Im honoured!:glomp:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Amazing shot, Mark! :clap:
It looks even more dangerous than the lions.
It has a ruthless glance... How brave you have been! :hug:
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very very good choice of words Jo! I'd have never thought of it, but that's what it is...ruthless! Looks like he could rip you apart and wouldn't even bat an eye. :nod:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Thank you, Mark, after all, my English is not so bad! I will take it. :nod:
My pleasure! :hug:
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