Natashia Benzian Olsson

Camera: Canon R5

Lens: RF 100-500mm

Aperture: f / 5.6

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 1250

Description: A male cheetah scanning the area for a potential meal

Story from behind the lens: A few days prior, two cheetah brothers had crossed the border into the Mara North Conservancy. On this cloudy morning, they were wandering around marking their territories on various tree. After some time, it seemed like they were about to hunt. Our guide Peter knew that they were likely to climb up one of the trees to get a better vantage point, so we followed the cheetahs and positioned the vehicle in the hope to get a shot of the climb. I prepared my settings to a higher shutter speed, and as he had predicted, one of the cheetahs climbed up this dead tree. For a few seconds, he took this stance with one paw in front of the other and then turned around to look the other way.