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Caged Heat... 5.5
Caged Heat... 5.5
RyanW


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Challenge: Guess Your Score (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Date: Jan 26, 2015
Aperture: 5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2015

Taken through a wire fence at the Naples Zoo in Florida while on vacation.
Editing is a slight contrast and saturation bump with a crop since I only had access to my inlaws laptop with ArcSoft photo Suite for edits.

[Feb. 5th, 2015 02:37:59 PM]

as most people are pointing out in comments, this is "a bit soft" or "not focused on the eyes".

I was shooting this at the lowest f-stop my lens would go (which was f5 when zoomed in) because of the wire caging (which is visible in the bokeh).
The tiger was only about 7 or 8 feet behind the wire, so I was shooting from about 20 feet back (from the wire) to ensure they would 'disappear' as much as possible. As a result, my focus was getting the nose, or behind the face and everything was blurry.

I wish I had a better zoom lens, one that could be as tack-sharp as this picture should be captured in, but I don't, and I didn't have my computer with me half a continent away for edits, but even then it wouldn't have been able to pull out the detail that should be in the eyes (some topaz would've helped though).
I felt 5.5 was the lofty side of where this could end up, I was originally hoping this might get up to a 6 (when only seeing it in-camera), as some of you have also mentioned would be doable if the focus/sharpness was there.
I also wish that I could be in a position to be able to get this image without having to shoot through smudged plexiglass or wire fencing, but those aren't on the table for me either....so i'll happily accept my mid 5's and confirmation that everything I know wasn't perfect would be changed the same way by others if they were there and had the ability to change what I would have changed.

At least I know I'm getting better in my skills to know where my images are going off the rails :)

Statistics
Place: 56 out of 75
Avg (all users): 5.2020
Avg (commenters): 5.2558
Avg (participants): 5.1132
Avg (non-participants): 5.3043
Views since voting: 251
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 99
Comments: 46
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2015 10:54:19 PM
I would have enjoyed a bit more light on the face rather than the one bright spot on his back. Pretty cat though.
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02/08/2015 10:22:36 PM
you will get higher, 5.8. In spite of the extra hair colouring.
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02/08/2015 10:06:04 PM
It looks so startled! Nice color if a bit over saturated. Too soft for me. I want super sharpness in the eyes. Gave it a six and I don't think it will hit that. 5.8
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02/08/2015 07:52:58 PM
I gave it a six and I think it could get there. 6
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02/08/2015 06:31:12 PM
Probably a 5.7.
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02/08/2015 05:48:43 PM
Now that is a big puddy cat! Could be a bit sharper in focus 5.1
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02/08/2015 04:44:29 PM
It's a bit soft, I would guess 5.1
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02/08/2015 03:00:01 PM
I can see the out of focus cage and your title works well as a consequence. I think the focus looks slightly off and the framing is rather eclectic. I think you'll get a little less at about 5.3.
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02/08/2015 12:20:19 PM
Love the moment...good colors, seems a bit soft where it needs to be sharp. 5.9
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02/08/2015 11:21:12 AM
I think you're about right. The focus is too soft for DPC to go higher, but they do like bright colors. They're kind of like bass in that way. Just put a shiny lure in the water and BLAM!!! 5.5
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02/08/2015 10:40:27 AM
Majestic beast but needs to be sharper.

My guess is 5.328
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02/08/2015 09:25:26 AM
Yeap 6 for you without hesitation
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02/08/2015 04:36:33 AM
This is among a relatively small number of images that I think will score well. 6.5
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02/07/2015 11:37:47 PM
Nice greens, brushed bokeh. Subject is a bit dark. 5.4
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02/07/2015 05:02:19 PM
I gave it a five. Guessing a 5.6.
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02/07/2015 04:54:02 AM
Wonderful animal in the sun, although the bright sides are somewhat disturbing. 5.41
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02/06/2015 08:11:02 PM
Beautiful animal but some detail is lost in the crop. My guess: 5.56 or thereabouts.
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02/06/2015 05:19:12 PM
Great portrait! Guess 6.2
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02/06/2015 04:52:43 AM
A little bit soft on the eyes, needs sharpening, around 5.588
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02/06/2015 03:55:58 AM
very nice portrait of that majestic creature
I wonder what is the part with the most shrapness - maybe the nose? It's not the eye..
but since this is whining at a high level - 6 from me , predict 5.3
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02/05/2015 11:34:52 PM
I really like the colour in this, I like the back ground blur and the sharpness of the whiskers. Nicley exposed through out I'll a gree with that 5.5 and vote a six here, Good Luck
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02/05/2015 08:30:05 PM
A real portrait. Well taken but it doesn't impress me - 6
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02/05/2015 07:26:00 PM
The face says a lot, but I'm not sure of the composition. I don't know that looking out of the frame on the right works. I'm curious what it would have looked like with more of a square crop on the right and the face brightened a bit. With the light on the left side, it shows just how harsh the lighting is. With that cropped off and it lightened a bit, it would stand out so much that it's difficult lighting. Guessing 5.4
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02/05/2015 05:13:26 PM
Seems to be caught between typical poses =) 5.58
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02/05/2015 03:15:05 PM
Beautiful tiger. A 6
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02/05/2015 03:08:11 PM
6 from me,,,,,bit focus-problem ,,,,,ends close to 5,2+
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02/05/2015 02:11:32 PM
5
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02/05/2015 02:10:51 PM
If the focus was tack sharp, I would estimate 6+, but since it's a bit fuzzy, it will end at 5.73
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02/05/2015 01:56:03 PM
Love the bokeh, but for the focus issues a straight 5.0
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02/05/2015 01:55:13 PM
blurry, 5.1
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02/05/2015 03:49:42 AM
thats right 5.5
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02/05/2015 02:54:55 AM
Beautiful beast and well managed light. Seven from me, predicting 6.188
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02/04/2015 10:27:55 PM
I voted before looking at titles, now commenting.

Really needs better focus.

My guess: 5.43
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02/04/2015 07:10:21 PM
5.521 Needs sharp focus on the eyes... (I gave it a six)
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02/04/2015 04:32:36 PM
My guess would be lower thinking that a lot of people take pictures of caged animals
5
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02/04/2015 04:31:32 PM
I actually upped my vote to an 7 originally had a 6..

I really like the looks, my avg guess will be a 5.7
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02/04/2015 11:47:43 AM
Maybe,is it stuffed.
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02/04/2015 10:57:02 AM
Beautiful animal. I predict 5.1.
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02/04/2015 05:14:36 AM
The focus seems a bit off on the Tigers eyes but still a great capture. I estimate a final score of 5.7
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02/03/2015 08:53:30 PM
There seems to be a certain softness to this image - was it shot through glass? - as the important eye focus is missing. The white balance seems a little cold as the tiger's whites are a little blue but that could be this (uncalibrated) monitor. 5.68
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02/03/2015 05:07:08 PM
close to what I think as well Nice animal photo though
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02/03/2015 02:36:34 PM
Hello, I voted a few days ago, now returning for comments. I think that you estimated your score well, I gave you a six and I predict that you will finish at 5,6044
With a little more details (sharpness), it would have been over 6
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02/03/2015 02:00:13 PM
Great tiger shot I really like the colors and the bokeh.
But I wish it could have been sharper.
My guess is 5.67
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02/03/2015 01:23:51 PM
Nice but out of focus. 5
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02/03/2015 10:55:54 AM
5 Unfortunately out of focus.
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01/30/2015 12:08:17 PM
that's a nice picture, needs a bit more sharpness to get it to 6+ i think.
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