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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 76
    Lighting 41
    Creativity 29
    Story 61

    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
    210 comments
    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

    Jen Harris
    Jen Harris

    Wow Bridgena! Just - wow.

    Beautifully captured.
    The fact that the faun is in midair, while 3 of 4 cheetah forepaws are just lifting, makes it possible to imagine a twisting escape... beautiful, for that.

    Richard Higashide
    Richard Higashide

    WOW! The clarity of this shot, the lightening and the action are the best I've ever seen. Congrats on an amazing photograph Bridgena!

    Savannah Chappus
    Savannah Chappus

    That picture must have been hard to get, huh. It's fantastic though! Words can't explain how perfect this photograph is!

    Daniel Paul
    Daniel Paul

    killer photo man ... amazing .. hope the deer got away though :)

    Chrissie Barrow
    Chrissie Barrow

    Congratulations on such a fabulous shot - was just looking at your winning entry in Discover Wildlife's Big cats comp - superb!

    Michael Dohnalek
    Michael Dohnalek

    Not one of my favorites. I don't like images of violence and killing. I prefer to look at something more peaceful and calming to the spirit.

    Christos Philippou
    Christos Philippou

    i am looking on this moment again and again !! so many things to discover every time !!!

    Christos Philippou
    Christos Philippou

    unbelievable timing !!! the cold eyes of the killers and the eyes of running for life !!!


    Brad Gorman
    Brad Gorman

    absolutely incredible! The facial expressions are priceless. Bravo!

    Bridgena Barnard
    Bridgena Barnard

    Thanks again all for the comments om my Moment picture


    Bridgena

    Aniket Paranjape
    Aniket Paranjape

    Dear Jay Dickman, take my bow. What a classic shot, so perfect timing, composition. Superbly nice. just simply loving it :)

    Jai S.
    Jai S.

    Dream shot. Awesome.

    Abid Hussain
    Abid Hussain

    Best shot. Really Nat. Geo team is hard working.

    Russ Vaughn
    Russ Vaughn

    Very nice, excellent shot. How fortunate to get to see this, great skill in catching the moment.

    Dornadula C.
    Dornadula C.

    One of the best photo I ever saw. Congratulations

    Masoomeh Fath
    Masoomeh Fath

    Your photo is very beautiful, Congratulations.

    Amit Dutta
    Amit Dutta

    Amazing moment captures in time. This shot depicts the nature at its very best and the expressions on the faces of the prey and the predator says it all. I hope to capture some similar moments during my next visit to Wild Africa!!

    Sivakumar kanniappan
    Sivakumar kanniappan

    all of your shots are great & this one very special seriously brilliant, would like follow your all shots if you have any Facebook id & Flickr pls share  with us, 

    Ivan Pawluk
    Ivan Pawluk

    Awesome Cature!

    beautiful   compositions

    Cynthia Suits
    Cynthia Suits

    Although this fantastic photo tells the story, your series is beautifully taken also.  Great work, congratulations!

    Barney Stinsono
    Barney Stinsono

    Brilliant and what a timing for this shot...................

    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: Animals, Nature
    Assignments: The Moment
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