Pamela Hoaglund  

Siberian Tiger Stare by Pamela Hoaglund

March 2020 - Siberian Tiger Stare

About the Image(s)

A few weeks ago I needed to get out of the house with my camera so I decided to go to the local zoo. (Not my best decision when kids are on midwinter break). I got a few nice images and I especially liked this one of the tiger. I would loved to know what he was thinking as he stare in my direction. I have cropped to put the focus on his regal head and those big paws. Shot with my Sony 7RM3, with a Sony 300mm 4.5-5.6 G lens. Settings: ISO 640, 1/320sec, f/5.6 hand held. Post processed with ON1 Raw 2020, cropped, some dynamic contrast, sharpening and subtle vignette.

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6 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I think this is a powerful portrait. The composition is perfect A bit of the whites are blown but they are such a small area and that's the light side that I don't mind. However, you might see if any detail in those areas is recoverable. I notice the eyes are a different color, which I'm guessing they truly are. However, I would just check your other images just in case it's the effect of different lighting on each eye. If it were mine, I owuld tone down the green in the background. It does not look natural to my eye and competes with the tiger. Nice one!   Posted: 03/09/2020 12:39:00
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Mike, I went back to the raw image and checked the eyes and they are slightly different. I thought I might have lightened them a bit but I didn't. I live in WA where we have had an over abundance of rain so everything is very green in the Evergreen State. Since I see the grass green like this especially in the winter it looks natural to me. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 03/09/2020 23:02:24

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What a regal image. The eyes are looking straight at me, and the hair at the ears gives great texture and interest. I like your crop and think it does what you wanted. I like the background green. It is a grand opposite that helps show off the color of the tiger. I look at it but come right back to the tiger.   Posted: 03/12/2020 17:11:57

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
This is a very impressive creature, and in my opinon you have captured his regal appearance as well as his mood. I like the direction of the light which I think brings out all the detail in his face. Also, to me the image looks prefectly composed. I always think that since green is the easiest color for our eyes to see I should desaturate a bit and lower the luminance. I believe that helps make my subject pop. Try it and see what you think.   Posted: 03/14/2020 10:13:27

John Roach   John Roach
Wonderful image, Pamela, I have no comment to add, since I think you controlled whites, exposure, sharpness and clarity very well and also you composed this well. Wonderful portrait.   Posted: 03/14/2020 15:57:54

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
He is saying "Yes, yes, I know. I AM magnificent." You captured a powerful expression. I love the casual way he has crossed his feet. The colors, tones and composition are perfect. And each whisker and hair is tack sharp. The flying hairs on his left ear are glorious. This image belongs on display.   Posted: 03/18/2020 12:43:41