Cheetah mother and cub in black and white Caption: Cheetah mother and one of her five cubs stand out from the group lying around relaxing under a tree, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Shutter speed: 1/320; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400.

In my previous post, Cheetah Family of Six, I wrote about a dedicated cheetah mother who has successfully raised all her five cubs.

While on a game drive in Mashatu, we saw the whole group resting in the shade, but they were lying around randomly, in varying positions and angles. It was certainly not one of those ideal sightings where photogenic cubs line-up in symmetry, almost as if posed by a professional stylist.

It was hopeless trying to photograph the whole family, other than for record purposes. Instead, I experimented with a number of compositions (none entirely satisfactory), using a long lens to isolate small parts of the scene, allowing the out-of-focus background spots to suggest to the viewer there are other cheetah at the scene.

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