Cheetah, Masai Mara, Kenya by Nick Dale

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We all make mistakes. In January 2021, I spent 10 days at Kicheche Bush Camp in the Masai Mara with wildlife photographer and guide Paul Goldstein. When I arrived, he asked me if I had a wide-angle lens with me. When I told him I didn't, he almost exploded with frustration and disappointment. I explained that I always packed light and that I had my two 'regular' lenses - the 80-400mm and the 800mm prime - but it was no good. I had to tell him I'd make sure to bring it next time...
Anyway, I did miss a few opportunities by not having my 18-35mm or 24-70mm with me, but this wasn't one of them. We saw a mother cheetah and cub, and Paul positioned the vehicle right next to the grassy mound where they were sitting. Fortunately, I could just about fit both animals in the frame using my 80-400mm lens set at 80mm. That's the widest it would go, and it wasn't very wide, to be fair, but I still managed to give the impression of a wide-angle shot in the loop of the cheetah's tail. Not bad, but next time I'll make sure I bring the right kit...!

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