A lone bare tree in the middle of endless plains of the Mara. Three male Cheetahs patrol their territory and mark the tree. They have seen something moving in the tall grass, probably a Warthog. The image has been taken with a Nikon D70s camera, converted for infrared photography. The infrared conversion produces a monochrome image that brightens the vegetation (grass and leaves on the trees) and generally darkens and increases the contrast in the sky. It also increases the overall clarity of the image, rendering excellent detail even in the distance, removing the haze effect.
In this image, I positioned the camera so that the Cheetahs would be framed within the horizon, but so that most of the tree would be silhouetted agains the sky. I don’t like the horizon cutting the trees or the subjects halfway. I decided to leave a lot of space on the left of the Cheetahs to convey the sense of space and infinity typical of the African plains.0