The older I get, the more I believe the feelings and emotions of animals are under appreciated. For example, I've seen many videos on youtube showing the remarkable loving interaction between people and lions. If you haven't seen any of these, do a search for 'Kevin Richardson lions' and you'll be amazed by the relationship this man has with big cats. This mated pair of lions in Kenya were incredibly affectionate with each other, and in order to render all of the detail in their hair and whiskers tack sharp, I used a fast shutter speed -- faster than one would assume was needed. Because they were constantly moving, I didn't want to take a chance with pictures there were 'almost' sharp. I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to getting crisp images. My settings were 1/1000, f/8, and 200 ISO, and I captured this with a 500mm f/4 Canon lens.