Pair of Cheetahs (Muddy Roads) – Thanda Game Reserve, South Africa – Etienne Oosthuizen
This image is of a “Pair of cheetah siting and looking out for prey over a magical view of the Zululand hills at Thanda private game reserve”. I love how Etienne left the right side of the image open to show where the cheetahs we looking. The muddy road heading off into the distance also leaves a great perspective for the eye to follow. This is beautiful in every way. To see more wonderful shots from Africa please visit Etienne website http://photographicafrica.com/ and like him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photographicafrica after reading his story below.
Want more Cheetahs? Here is a close up from the archives I know you will enjoy http://www.photobotos.com/close-tom-svensson-featured-photographer/.
Wildlife photography is a hit and miss affair, as you don’t really know what you going to find and in what situation you going to find them. However one of the most useful skills a wildlife photographer can have is being able to pre-visualize images that could be possible in the area that they are photographing in. I had not seen this image in my mind’s eye, I was looking for the cheetahs to be walking through one of Thanda’s many grassy hilltops with the very beautiful Zululand hills in the back drop. If I could get that at sunrise or sunset it would be even better. So I decided I would respond to any sightings of cheetahs that where close or on top of hills. I was very fortunate here as I arrived and they were already making their way into the valley. They got to one of many humps in the road that channel water off the road and stopped to survey the surrounding bush for lunch. This is when I arrived. I was not on a game drive, just merely on my way to pick up my wife from Thanda’s tented camp. So planning and a bit of luck are responsible for this image. Here are a few more images from that day … http://photographicafrica.com/blog/muddy-roads-of-a-zululand-landscape/
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