Cheetah
I think that my favorite animals that I saw and photographed during our South African wildlife drives were the cheetahs. They're such sleek and beautifully marked cats. I loved how this one jumped up onto this rock and seemed to pose for me, complete with a "smile."

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Mon Aug 13, '12 07:00AM
Uploaded By: Roger Maki  

 

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Media ID 20120825131044268  
Date Mon Aug 13, '12 07:00AM
Comments 4
Views 1415
Uploaded By Roger Maki
Aperture Value f//5.6
Date/Time Mon Aug 13, '12 07:00AM
EXIF Image Height 683 pixels
EXIF Image Width 1024 pixels
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Focal Length 120 mm
ISO 100
Make Sigma
Metering Mode Pattern
Model SIGMA SD14
Sensing Method One Chip Color Area Sensor
Shutter Speed Value 1/60 sec
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Excellent shot with lovely backlighting. (Was your camera's time set correctly, this looks like late afternoon, not almost middday?)

Good catch on my camera's time setting, Ruud.  It was set correctly for U.S. eastern standard time, not for South Africa, so adding six hours puts the time of this photo at 5:00 p.m.

You caught a real nice pose and expression here. I might clone the spots of trees over the cats back.

 Lovely shot Roger.  Is it me or has the camera focussed on the backlit belly fur?  The face looks slightly soft which is the only thing that detracts from the image.