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Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by mark brackin

This Cheetah at Safari Park, outside San Diego gets his exercise chasing a stuffed toy. He reaches speeds 70 miles per hour and traverses the 300-yard enclosure in just over 5.5 seconds. I captured this image between the yoke of a tree, and amazingly, froze this regal cat in a feature I initially considered an obstruction. The entire event lasted seconds, but the memories (and the image will last a lifetime) I captured this image with a Nikon D300 using a 35 to 70 – F2.8 lens set at 70MM. The exposure was 1/500 second at F 5.0. ISO was 400. I used a Tiffen polarizing filter.

Location: San Diego Safari Park


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