Eye Of The Cheetah


Today my friend Pedro and I had an amazing visit to our local zoo. Both armed with cameras we thought we could make several rounds through the zoo and do some finger stretching on shutter speeds, aperture settings and other stuff we like to talk about these days. Sometimes it sounds like we know what we’re saying between bumping up and down our ISO’s and diaphragm’s.

We had a lot of fun and it didn’t took long until we completely lost our sense of time and reached the flow state. This was very exciting. Just doing what we loved to do and before we knew we just got one round through the zoo and even hadn’t the time to visit all the animals. So we have to go back soon.

We took a lot of images and one my favorite of the photos I took is this Cheetah

that I could nearly touch. The wild animal and I were only separated by security glass. Of course this is normal these days but it was very special to kneel down that close to such an animal and look right into its face. I could have pet her if the glass hadn’t been there and of course at the same time she would have had her dinner with a camera around the neck right in front of her.

I’m aware of the fact that this is not a very special or original shot. For most of you it’s very likely that you see it just as another photo of a cheetah. But I like it and find it good enough to share it with you. I even plan to post some more soon.

The last time I was that close to a wild animal was years back when I was allowed behind the scenes at the ice bear’s habitat in the zoo of Amsterdam. This was very impressing and I think somewhere I have a video recording of this.

If you want to have a look at a larger size just click on the image above. For those of you who are interested about gear and settings for this photo that of course is taken in the RAW-format here it comes:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed:1/200 second
Lens: 55-200mm 4.5
Aperture:F/4.5
Focal Length:55 mm
ISO Speed:400

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