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Name: Cheetah
Date: December 2nd, 2012
Location: Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
Conservation Status: Vulnerable


"I chose 4 December in honour of Khayam, the cheetah who brought me to Namibia in 1977.
I pioneered research in finding what steps were necessary to teach a captive born cheetah how
to hunt. In the course of doing so, I found that farmers were killing cheetahs indiscriminately
and someone needed to work with the farmers to stop the killing. It is because of Khayam and
the work that I saw needed to be done in securing a place for wild cheetahs, that I founded the
Cheetah Conservation Fund."

- Dr. Laurie Marker


This is part of DA's International Cheetah Day Challenge. Check it out!

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© 2012 Kristina Truluck
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I love this picture, it's very well done, and very beautiful.

Vision: This is very beautiful, I love the position the cheetah is in, and the lighting is perfect. The black-and-white setting makes it feel a little more unique and mystical as well.

Originality: Usually you see pictures of cheetahs running and chasing prey, or lazing on a branch in the shade of a tree on a hot day; this is unique in that people don't usually see this majesty in the way they walk, and the style of the picture itself.

Technique: I feel like you thought about this picture for a bit before taking it, like you had a strong feeling to take a picture, and sat and waited for the perfect moment to come. The clarity and focus is perfect, and it looks very professional.

Impact: This picture almost inspires me to write a story, I don't know what about, but it does. It also makes me feel like going out and finding different things to take pictures of.

Ver well done, I love this image.
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Itsjustwordsreally Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
now, that's my type of kitten
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015   Photographer
Ha!  Same here!  
Could you imagine one of these guys trying to curl up in your lap while you're relaxing?  :lmao:
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Itsjustwordsreally Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
could you imagine a grown man overwhelmed by fear and love hahaha 
but it'd be like an even bigger version of my fathers shepherds dog :D
like twice as big?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   Photographer
Time to either befriend someone at the zoo or take a trip to Africa, haha.  

Maybe 1.5 times bigger, they're the smallest of the big cats.  I'm trying to imagine the rumble from their purr - my dinky little house cats vibrate pretty badly, theirs must be insane!   
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Itsjustwordsreally Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'll take that trip to Afrika! with my zero survival skills and no instinct whatsoever.. but! I can make music and sing with the tribe people (stereo typing an entire continent)

I'd say their purring..is a nice way to get to know you're neighbours, because they'll hear it hahah
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015   Photographer
Group trip!  I'm sure there's someone out there with the skills that would want to come along.  =D
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Itsjustwordsreally Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's quite bright really! I should find me a crocodile dandy ^^ A female version perhaps haha
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, wow, Kristina, this is superb, especially in the crisp black and white. I love the way you capture the energy and managed to maintain separation between the cheetah's turned head and body.
Steve
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
Thanks Steve!  

I won't lie, my main reason for converting it to black and white was because he had just taken a crap on the log.  It's easier to hide that way.  :lmao:

But they are graceful animals.  I love watching them run and play around the enclosure there.  
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It was the good Lord telling you that this shot _really_ needed to be in black and white.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   Photographer
Definitely!  :giggle:
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YemaYema Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
what a fantastic pose.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Photographer
Thank you. 
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
A great B&W study :clap:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
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DJsoundtrack123 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i love cheetahs XD
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Photographer
Me too, they're the awesome 'big' cats. ;p
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DJsoundtrack123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ikr XD
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ShawEye Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Very nice Shot! Awesome timing!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
I had to wait a bit before this shot...someone decided that they were going to take a dump while majestically looking into the horizon. Dx
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TlCphotography730 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot of a beautiful cat ! Love cheetahs !
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
They're pretty awesome cats. :dance:
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbeerglompplz: I love it :clap:
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Gorgeous photograph :heart: I love the movement you have captured.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
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UnleashedHeathen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sneaky.
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photograph, what a wonderful moment to preserve.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Nice :)
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Georden Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous shot - love it!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Excellent work.
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peccatori Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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bebedelbizcocho Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is an amazing shot!!!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Photographer
:dance:
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faziarizvi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous! Great shot!
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alyssvisuals Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheetahs are my favorite of the feline species. They are absolutely beautiful and majestic - and you certainly captured that here. It will be a tragedy if they ever go extinct. Great shot ^.^
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
They're mine as well. I love going to the zoo and watching them. =D
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Chazzier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Great photo, and thanks for the information.
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful photo!
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mypreciuuss Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! what a great capture
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
:wow: I like how its anatomy is for this picture as it adds more interest.

I was wondering if it is alright with you if I use this as a reference for a drawing? =D I would link back to your original and give you full credit. :)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!

I don't mind at all, can't wait to see it!
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome! :la:

Awesome! :huggle: Thank you! =D
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't find the right word to really tell you how insanely beautiful this capture is...
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Photographer
:love:
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wolfenphotography Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture.
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hidarime-images Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Photographer
A wonderfully animated and dynamic pose! Excellent job, it’s often quite difficult to capture decent animal behavior in a captive environment I think. B&W works really well with the subject too, good choice to go that route. :thumbsup: :-)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much! I was debating between color and monochrome for the longest time. xD
You're absolutely right about captive animals, they're usually sleeping. I got lucky between the cool weather and catching these guys as the keeper was feeding them.
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