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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
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    Story 66

    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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    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.

    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

    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

    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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