Debbie Perez  

Tiger by Debbie Perez

May 2022 - Tiger

May 2022 - Debbie Perez


May 2022 - Debbie Perez

Original 2

About the Image(s)

I went to the zoo with no intention of photographing animals directly with my IR BUT took a photo of this male tiger. I was really pleased with how it render in B&W. I cropped and used CLiR to apply the 720nm 'look' then took it into Nik Silver Efex. I like the eye in particular but was curious after last month discussion of how would the tiger look in a regular B&W. Obviously not the same pose but I went through pretty much the sane development in NIK to get the B&W. Yes, they look fairly similar but the IR was shot with a standard lens and the standard B&W had a L series lens yet to me, the IR had better detail. Could that be due to the IR???? Anyway, fun experiment.

6 comments posted

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Yes, I think the IR brings out the detail of every hair on that tiger. I like your Original 2 position as well. I wonder why the white around the face? Is there another tiger next to him? This is a very unique photo, and makes me wonder what other zoo animals in infrared would look like. I will have to try it out! Very inspiring.   Posted: 05/08/2022 18:24:10
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
The white area that halos his face is actually foliage. I think he is in his own enclosure right now because he is "new" to the zoo. I do know he is a Malayan and 7 yrs old. On the other side of the exhibit there is a Sumatran female. I'm going to try more involving animals just to see what happens.   Posted: 05/11/2022 13:10:07

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I actually like Number 2 with the full frontal display of the stripes on the head. Your side view does show the coloring but there is a strong feeling with the eyes looking directly at the camera. Seeing the whiskers up close rally makes them stand out. The conversion was done well.   Posted: 05/15/2022 08:09:27
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks, that one was a color shot that I converted to B&W just to see if there was much of a difference. The teeth and eyes seem to render differently and I think IR helps with capturing details a bit better but since this wasn't a truly control experiment I can't say for certain.   Posted: 05/20/2022 12:06:29

Chuck Nauman   Chuck Nauman
Debbie, nice sharp focus on the whiskers and tongue. The somewhat fuzzy facial fur near the camera could be due to a number of factors. I think I'd like the image more if I could see the eye; nice conversion.   Posted: 05/17/2022 19:21:57
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I do wish I had taken more photos with the IR but I didn't. And since it was two different set ups completely, I know it was not a well controlled experiment BUT it is fun to play around with the cameras. I can say beyond a doubt that the eyes and teeth are very different in the IR shots. Did read an interesting article that said a tiger's prey can not see in the "red channel" and this makes a tiger green and it disappears easily into its surrounds. Then the prey is easy pickings...... I need to try to replicate what this would be like for an unsuspecting critter...   Posted: 05/20/2022 12:12:31


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