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    We decided to have a totally different Xmas in 2009–and wow was it different. Temperature of 42degrees,Typical kids they prompt me for a Xmas wish. We are going to see something spectacular! Like what they asked: My answer “A cheetah kill”, was accepted with roarning laughter ,but my wish came true
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 106
    Lighting 55
    Creativity 38
    Story 81

    I looked at many wildlife images, but few brought the moment to the foreground like this photo. The composition and timing is impeccable; the lighting is so nice. Look at how the ears of the springbok faun fill the left middle of the frame; the “bookends” of the two cheetah frame the victim perfectly. So much works in this greatly engaging image¬–nature at it’s tragic best.

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer
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    Date Taken: Dec 25, 2009
    Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2013
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
    Focal Length: 850 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
    Aperture: f/6.7
    ISO: 1600
    Copyright: © Bridgena Barnard
    Categories: Animals, Nature
    Assignments: When Death Comes, The Moment
    Contests: 2015 Traveler Photo Contest
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