Monday, November 7, 2011

Cheetah Hunting in Tanzania

A Proud Male Cheetah

Probably over a thousand images of this young male, 
his sister, and mother hanging out in this area of 
the Northern Serengeti.

On three different occasions, our guide Nickson found this 
family, and sets us up in the optimal position for light, angle
and environment.  These three factors are what make
 Africa a photographers dream!

All three of us in the six person safari truck had a 
full line up of cameras and the lenses needed to
 complete the task, and we all came home with mit-fulls
of editing waiting for us!

I found the 200-400 the most used lens in my kit. Using
it for at least 90% of the photography while mounted
on the D300.  This male cheetah was about 45 yards from 
our vehicle, and we were easily able to capture images
with less than 400 mm @ a 1.5 crop factor on the 
sensor.  The challenge here was the setting sun... and it
was Spectacular! 

I hope to edit a couple more from these two scenes soon!

(please click on the images for a larger view!)

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