Dr Isaac Vaisman, PPSA  

White Tigers by Dr Isaac Vaisman, PPSA

November 2023 - White Tigers

November 2023 - Dr Isaac Vaisman, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Keysa and Pasha are white tigers at the Singapore Zoo. They were born in captivity from their ancestor Mohan. White tigers are not albino. It is a genetic mutation called leucism which fails to produce the orange pigment of their skin. In fact, this places them at a disadvantage for camouflage in the wild. The area where they are is very large and has a very good resemblance with the wild. We visited the Zoo last year, and waited for quite some time, of course creating images, until both went into the water and started to play. From the burst sequence, this are the best. There is lots of discussions stating that white tigers, product of inbreeding, and that, they are not very healthy product of the inbreeding, and of course, should they be in the wild instead of being in captivity.

I used a Nikon Z7 ii with the Nikkor S zoom lens 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 99 mm and these settings: ISO 3200 (Auto), f/4 and 1/640 sec. It was late in the afternoon already. The image was PP in LightRomm and cropped.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Isaac, your patience paid off with a great unusual image. The action, the splashing water, the vegetation, the unusual subjects all add to the interest. Bruce   Posted: 11/02/2023 17:51:21

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Isaac, it looks like the original and the final are 2 different images from the capture. I like the one you chose because there is more action. Both the water and the tigers are active! Great shot   Posted: 11/02/2023 21:18:43

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Isaac, this proves very well how both interesting experiences and images can be obtained from zoos. You have caught good action here with one looking directly at you - very nice. I do wonder whether the face of this chap could benefit from additional localised texture: it does not seem tack-sharp. But this might just be the small file size we use here. Its eyes could benefit from a little lightening.

Thank you for sharing this, with your narrative. We visit Singapore on a long cruise and have 2 days there, so we will research visiting that zoo. We have been before, but that was in 2007, before Formula 1 changed much.   Posted: 11/18/2023 06:35:48

Cindy Marple   Cindy Marple
(Groups 67 & 91)
Patience pays off with some fun interaction shots. Of the 2 I prefer the "original"- I like the pose and slight difference in the setting on that one, plus it seems sharper as presented here.   Posted: 11/18/2023 11:29:41

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Isaac, thanks for sharing with us all your knowledge about these tigers and the cause of their white fur. You managed to capture an interesting moment of interaction between them and the water. Your editing and frame complements the image very well. It's a great capture.   Posted: 11/19/2023 04:41:37

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Hi Isaac. What I like about this image is the facial expression of the tiger staring at the camera. The movement of the second tiger and the water splashing makes me think one tiger is saying "play time" while the other tiger's expression is saying "not in the mood". Nice capture.   Posted: 11/19/2023 08:35:12