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Good morning.....
So glad you all like my leopard, he was rather cute.
A big thank you to Kathrynlouise, Fred263 and Irishkate for their UA's, much appreciated.
Today the sleek Cheetah....we in South Africa like to say we have a Big 6.....
We came across her lying in the long grass....you can see by my focal length how close she was...

The other versions are for all of you that wonder how close the animals get to us in an open vehicle, my contribution to Silly Sunday. In V3 I was about a metre from the cheetah... In V5 you can see how the elephant has stripped the bark from the thin branches.

Have a nice day....GrinGrin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jun 2013 - 8:28 AM
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.1
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cheetah
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:26 Jan 2014 - 5:08 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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prabhusinha
prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 5:09 AM

A lovely pose,very well taken

lesliea
lesliea Plus Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
26 Jan 2014 - 5:27 AM

Beautiful sets of images Colleen V1 has great light would look good up on a wall well captured.
Allen, Smile Wink

ddolfelin
ddolfelin Plus Member 371 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 5:31 AM

A great series, Colleen.

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8184 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 6:43 AM

A fascinating set, Colleen, you certainly get 'up close and personal' to your subjects Smile Carol

Lynniesefforts
26 Jan 2014 - 7:17 AM

A wonderful set Colleen, I love all the wild cats..Good light in V1 with the eyes. Beautiful Rhino and elephants..
Please keep them coming..

Lynette Grin

jaktis
jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
26 Jan 2014 - 7:32 AM

Great captures

Peter

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 7:38 AM

Super series. Your proximity to all the animals is impressive. Is that an armoured vehicle?

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 7:44 AM


Quote: Super series. Your proximity to all the animals is impressive. Is that an armoured vehicle?

No just a 4x4 land cruiser game viewing vehicle...

Last Modified By ColleenA at 26 Jan 2014 - 7:46 AM
fentiger
fentiger Plus Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 7:57 AM

A delightful set and No. 1 is outstanding.

Albert

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 8:13 AM

brilliant light and tones colleen wonderful textures and colour v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

mistere
mistere Plus Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 8:21 AM

Super set Colleen, lovely light in V1 and a very relaxed subject. Didn't realise you got that close to the
animals, they must be used to having people around, none of them look disturbed by the vehicle.

Dave,

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 8:24 AM


Quote: Super set Colleen, lovely light in V1 and a very relaxed subject. Didn't realise you got that close to the
animals, they must be used to having people around, none of them look disturbed by the vehicle.

Dave,

They are very relaxed but that's because no private vehicles are allowed in the reserve and the Rangers from the various private lodges have very strict rules about dealing with animals and their space. The Rangers also are the top guys in their game .

Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 8:31 AM

Lovely set Colleen, thanks for sharing. GrinGrin Peter.

tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96321 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 8:52 AM

Good to see the other side of things

My! They are closeSmile

Adrian

fazzer
fazzer Plus Member 544 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 9:12 AM

Love V1 Colleen with that touch of light kissing her face
regards jeremySmile

lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 9:20 AM

Super images Colleen, lovely subject matter.

John Smile

moiral
moiral  4 Scotland
26 Jan 2014 - 9:22 AM

Reach out and touch comes to mind Colleen, followed by a very horrible image that I won't go into Grin. Great to see how close you actually get to the animals. Wonderful shots. Moira

gss
gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 9:29 AM

For the cold out of here. a comforting and warm set of images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Now I know if I want to live a fearless safari, get on your pages, the pictures are so good I think I'm there!GrinGrinGrin
Silviu

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 43921 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom108 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:01 AM

Wildlife photography dosen't get any better or closer up than this Colleen. "Superb images"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:04 AM

Wonder what the animals think of these noisy objects intruding on their space.
A really interesting set yet again even if you were in a noisy metal beast....Wink

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:08 AM

Wonderful set of images. Very impressive. Excellent shots.

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:20 AM


Quote: Wonder what the animals think of these noisy objects intruding on their space.
A really interesting set yet again even if you were in a noisy metal beast....Wink

They are not all accommodating some of them hear us coming and hide away....or lay low in the grass like this cheetah

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:26 AM

Her ears say it all really

CaroleS
CaroleS Plus Member 468 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:27 AM

My - that is close up and personal. Very impressive!

Fred263
Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 10:32 AM

Stunning set of images, Colleen. I must admit I would be afraid in an open topped vehicle so close to these animals. Wow!
Fred

marshfam19
marshfam19 Plus Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 10:45 AM

Great set of images, you are braver than me to get that close.

Mary Grin

SlowSong
SlowSong Plus Member 65011 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:55 AM

How lovely. Although V6 is a bit worrying seeing as an elephant turned over a car last week and badly injured the passengers.
x

DicksPics
DicksPics Plus Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:00 AM

What wonderful experiences you have, Colleen!
Fabulous images.

Richard

teocali
teocali Plus Member 7345 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:17 AM

V1 is absolutely superb, Colleen. Sweet light, softly toned warm coat patterning and lovely focus on head and eyes. A gorgeous Cheetah looking so relaxed in it's natural habitat. Great series of shots but my UA goes to V1 Smile You are so lucky to be living in SA.
Sylvia

Last Modified By teocali at 26 Jan 2014 - 11:21 AM
ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:19 AM


Quote: How lovely. Although V6 is a bit worrying seeing as an elephant turned over a car last week and badly injured the passengers.
x

One has to understand an elephant and not block the way they want to walk. The British lady had many warnings from the elephant last week, he faced her many times, flared his ears etc, she should have given way, he then got angry and overturned the car. A game ranger always parks the vehicle in a way that doesn't crowd the elephants space, the ranger also makes sure he has a way to move forward or back if the elephant warns him. Elephants don't just attack, only when they feel threatened. It is very seldom you find a game vehicle overturned mostly private cars who do not understand animals and their environment and habits

Last Modified By ColleenA at 26 Jan 2014 - 11:20 AM
JuBarney
JuBarney Plus Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:40 AM

A really lovely set and you certainly were close.
Ju

netta1234
netta1234 Plus Member 3236 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:45 AM

You are very brave Colleen,And it's the same with farm Animals,e.g a Bull,he's ok if left alone to do what he wants and don't stand in his way.
These are another brilliant set of really close to the Animals images that I like very much,Smile
NettaSmile

Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:56 AM

I love that soooooo relazed pose in V1 Colleen.
The other images are interesting and I think you make a good point about understanding the animals
and their behaviour.
We had a presentation at Camera Club from an underwater photographer who swims beside sharks!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

williamsloan
williamsloan Plus Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:57 AM

very well taken set [lovely].


billy

Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9250 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 12:36 PM

A wonderful set of large animal images Colleen, this is a splendid selection of the best of what the African bush has to offer. Pride of place must go to this beautiful cheetah lounging in the long grass. It must have been a real privelege to see these so close up in the wild and not from the safety of an armoured vehicle where the windows were wound up! Having seen how well you've done it, I think it is time for Safari Simon to rise to the challenge and capture some of these beasts with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens!WinkGrin

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 26 Jan 2014 - 12:36 PM
sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 12:45 PM

oh wow i love v1 it is gorgeous

gwynn56
gwynn56  380 forum posts England
26 Jan 2014 - 1:03 PM

nice set of images Smile

Sheddy
Sheddy Plus Member 6Sheddy vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 1:03 PM

Wonderful set of picture.

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 1:04 PM


Quote: A wonderful set of large animal images Colleen, this is a splendid selection of the best of what the African bush has to offer. Having seen how well you've done it, I think it is time for Safari Simon to rise to the challenge and capture some of these beasts with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens!WinkGrin

I like your way of thinking Ed....hopefully he won't become lunch

Mike_Young
Mike_Young Plus Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 1:12 PM

Cracking set of images Colleen, makes me really wish I could get back to have another go ! My brother John is flying to S/A tomorrow....jammy so and so Smile

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 1:20 PM

Another super set of these lovely animals, Colleen - and my, how close you were! At least none of them look as though they're fancying you for dinner! Wink It really must be an exciting experience Smile
Trev Smile

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 2:11 PM

Oh how I envy you (in the nicest possible way) - to be so close must be thrilling. The cheetah is such an elegant cat and V1 is a glorious capture.
Joan.

AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 2:12 PM

He looks so peaceful sitting in the grass - what a wonderful sight Colleen! You're making me want to get back to Africa with this fine set! Still, hopefully it won't be toooo long!

Rende
Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 2:15 PM

Lovely light and tones Colleen.
Rende

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 Plus Member 3BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 2:47 PM

V1 is my fav but overall an excellent set of images showing African wildlife at its bestWinkGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3658 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 2:53 PM

Superb set of images Colleen.

Ali GrinGrin

ChristineD
ChristineD Plus Member 9ChristineD vcard England
26 Jan 2014 - 3:00 PM

Beautiful sets of images

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 3:15 PM

Lovely interesting setSmile

Eileen

rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 3:34 PM

On my hit list ( in digital !!) Colleen, beautiful.
Ron

mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 3:36 PM

A fine wildlife set Colleen.
Mick.

781969
781969  1 India
26 Jan 2014 - 3:52 PM

Wild life in action captured well,lovely.

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise Plus Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 4:08 PM

All beautiful images Colleen but has to be V1 for me, just beautiful and lucky you to be so close GrinGrin

Kathryn

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9892 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1703 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 5:08 PM

You are very knowledgeable, Colleen, and that's obviously important.
V1 shows such a relaxed pose and has beautiful light, a nice natural environment.

AlexAppleby
26 Jan 2014 - 5:25 PM

Wonderful shots but V1 is outstanding. I love cheetah's and you have really done this one proud!

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 5:52 PM

Beautiful images, Colleen!
Regards,
George

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith Plus Member 7222 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 6:44 PM

Stunning pictures Colleen, especially seeing them in there home enviroment, and not in a zoo with cages and wires

SUE118
SUE118 Plus Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 7:37 PM

Wonderful captures and lovely memories for you.Smile

Ayoob
Ayoob Plus Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
26 Jan 2014 - 8:01 PM

Fantastic set of images , Colleen ......GrinGrinGrin

lblythe
lblythe  2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 8:17 PM

Colleen, you live such an exciting life.
L

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
26 Jan 2014 - 8:28 PM

This is my favorite kind of feline, Colleen... Just gorgeous creature!Smile
Regards Valery

Holmewood
Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 9:00 PM

Wow Collen they are so close and I was really interested in what you said about the elephant and the car. Cathy

Stephen_B
Stephen_B Plus Member 9Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 - 9:30 PM

Eyes are spot on in V1 Colleen.

They just draw you in to the picture

Well done

Steve

capto
capto Plus Member 32231 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 10:29 PM

Amazing to see these wild creatures being as calm as cows in an English meadow.Smile

ivor

handlerstudio
handlerstudio Plus Member 3handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2014 - 11:24 PM

Amazing how close you all got to the animals....a long telephoto seemed almost redundant. These are great images, nice to see how the shots are made.

Peter

ukgubbi
ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
27 Jan 2014 - 1:01 AM

Great set with different subjects in their natural habitat. Love the light. Very majestic.

Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2014 - 7:48 AM

Exceptional images all of these Colleen
Lillian

viscostatic
27 Jan 2014 - 8:03 AM

A great set of images Colleen. Thanks for showing them to us.

Phil.

brandish
brandish Plus Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 - 11:31 AM

Wonderful set Colleen.Martyn.

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:52 AM

Super set, especially love you cat, V1.

B.

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