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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 102
    Lighting 55
    Creativity 37
    Story 80

    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
    252 comments
    Ajay Iyer
    Ajay Iyer

    Rightly bought the past,present and future in this photo.

    You have rightly captured the present, which is past as of now, but future will also remember it.

    Seeing this photo captured in 2009 in 2016 does not really matter,as time is eternal.

    Swapnil Marmat
    Swapnil Marmat

     Greatest shot I've ever seen in my life. Hats of to you. :)

    Maydelín Naranjo
    Maydelín Naranjo

    I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY OPINION, IT'S AMAZING HOW HE CAPTURED THE EXACT MOMENT THE CHEETAS TRAPED THE SPRINGBOK FAUN. CONGRATULATIONS.

    Willem Heyneker
    Willem Heyneker

    Love your work.I think this picture is fantastic.Such a joy to see an image like this even though it is sad. WELL    DONE.

    Paul Stone
    Paul Stone

    You have an amazing portfolio of photos Bridgena. Africa holds a special place in my heart.

    John Peters
    John Peters

    WOW! IF I COMMENT MORE THAN THIS WILL SHOW I KNOW MORE, TRULY I DON'T KNOW MORE, JUST WITH AWE I WATCH IT.

    John Smith
    John Smith

    This is really a great shot. It tells the story. A great capture!!

    Colleen Bruso
    Colleen Bruso

    One of the most outstanding and memorable photos I have ever seen on this site (or anywhere). What a treat to look through your wildlife photos.  Magnificent gallery! Thanks for sharing! :-) 

    Chris Herzog
    Chris Herzog

    Wow, what an outstanding shot! You really got the right moment there!

    Alida Heine
    Alida Heine

    What a wonderful picture.  However, I wanted to cry when I saw this, hope they were just playing!

    Laurie H.
    Laurie H.

    Wow! What a picture. You can see the fear in the fauns face.

    Ryan Noble
    Ryan Noble

    This is amazing...instant favorite!

    Johan Scheepers
    Johan Scheepers

    One day when I'm big I want to take photos like this - only problem is I am 61!

    Bridgena this an exceptional moment captured perfectly.  Your gallery is breathtaking, I have not seen much that can compete with these images.  You serve as inspiration for all us wannabes

    Ravi Saluja
    Ravi Saluja

    Inspiration for the budding wildlife photographers !!

    D. Berry
    D. Berry

    Does not get any better than this image...fantastic capture.

    You have some beautiful work in your portfolio!

    O. Barre
    O. Barre

    Just unbeleivable shot ! Congrats ! Amazing gallery.. Thanks for sharing

    Gaylord Robb
    Gaylord Robb

    Bridgena your gallery is the best I have seen ever. I am amazed at the number of outstanding photos you have. You are truly a master photographer. Every picture is worthy of publication. I hereby favorite all of your shots. Wish I could shake your hand, maybe some talent would rub off onto me.

    Stephan de Lange
    Stephan de Lange

    Being at the right place, the right time, the right side of the vehicle, right angle of light, camera ready, lift, aim, shoot! A fantastic shot!!

    Bridgena Barnard
    Bridgena Barnard

    Thanks a mill for all the comments and views - I appreciate it and you all inspire me to get back into my "shot"Wish you all a awesome inspired 2015!

    Beverly Joubert
    Beverly Joubert

    This is an exceptional moment. I love the title almost as much as the image because its ambiguous and I believe that photography and wildlife photography in particular can be ordinary if the photographer is merely taking a quick shot, merely capturing those images could end up been posters only, so some element of a question hanging is always good. So is this a moment in time, moments before death, or even moments to escape. I suspect this particular moment ended in tears for the Thompson’s but you never know. The next frame may be the two cheetahs staring at a patch of dirt as the gazelle flies over their heads to safety. But what a great moment to capture? I have to add a note here, that wildlife photography done well is painstaking, slow, unrewarding in general as you miss more than you get, and then the animals themselves sort of compete against you, filling the frame naturally with their obvious beauty. So keeping a cool head when something like this is going on, is admirable.

    Bridgena Barnard
    Bridgena Barnard

    @Beverly Joubert 

    Hi Beverley - Ive admired your (and Hubby's) dedication and work in nature for a long time already - Thanks for all your wonderful work towards conservation ! Acknowledgement from you means a lot to me - people generally think it was a lucky shot but most def not. Nature is a wonderful place and can be very cruel even to Photographers. Seasons greetings Bridgena

    angad achappa
    angad achappa

    Things couldn't have gotten better for you and the family!! Well timed and executed shot!!

    Lalu  Narayan
    Lalu Narayan

    A moment in time, brilliantly captured. Fear and desperation in the eyes of the buck and steely resolve in the eyes of the cheetahs.

    Anoop Mukundan
    Anoop Mukundan

    Had a hard time "favorite" ing this ... I feel for the faun.. but awesome shot!

    Bryan D. Nord
    Bryan D. Nord

    Beyond words.  A photographic story of life and death.  Fantastic!

    Said I.
    Said I.

    One of the best shots I have never seen....BRAVO!!!!!

    Dharam Sahdev
    Dharam Sahdev

    Dear Barnard

    It is a great picture.. Fear of death and strength of winning it is all visible..It is difficult to get such shots.Wish you more luck to get Wildlife action pictures.From Dharam Sahdev

    Photo Details
    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: Landscapes, Travel
    Assignments: The Moment
    Contests: 2015 Traveler Photo Contest
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