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North Sumatran - Silent Strike
North Sumatran - Silent Strike
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Phoenix Zoo
Date: Jan 18, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100sec
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

Well... I'll probably get nailed for this, but going for the "suspension of disbelief" on this one. North Sumatran tiger (Jai) shot at the Phoenix zoo. Either liked the big white lens or the shutter sound, so I got around 40 pics of him staring straight at me while he jumped all over the place & climbed around in this tree. Awesome cat.

Shot at 400mm f/5.6 1/100sec iso100 (70-200 IS w/2x doubler)

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Here come the dnmc's... but it was just such a great shot, that i couldn't resist.


post challenge:
Wow... thanks for all of the votes & comments! I really didn't expect this to do so well - especially after all of the discussion in the forums. My 2nd 7.x in a month with no ribbon, but certainly happy that this image stood out in such a high-scoring, high-quality challenge :O)


Statistics
Place: 12 out of 218
Avg (all users): 7.0158
Avg (commenters): 7.6364
Avg (participants): 6.6981
Avg (non-participants): 7.2449
Views since voting: 2568
Views during voting: 473
Votes: 253
Comments: 50
Favorites: 10 (view)


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01/30/2007 06:56:00 PM
Congrats on your 7+ score! I think I would have like to have seen the Tiger alittle brighter, but ver small nitpick. It is a great image.
Joe
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01/30/2007 04:02:51 PM
Strange comment below....EXCELLENT SHOT in all aspects.

Originally posted by hahn23:

Great zoo shot!
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01/29/2007 12:19:22 AM
Great zoo shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 11:48:26 PM
Like he just slapped you after you called him pussy. Terrific emotional capture.
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01/28/2007 10:01:49 PM
What a face. I wouldn't want to be where the camera appears to be in this photo, especially with his paw raised as it is. Yipes!
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01/28/2007 09:20:31 PM
"Magnificent" doesn't even begin to describe this amazing photo! Bump to 10.
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01/28/2007 08:16:38 PM
great eye contact
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01/28/2007 07:48:41 PM
YOU might want to back up a bit, he's not looking to impressed with having his picture taken. Love the background, colors, framing, clarity... basically an all around awesome shot!
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01/28/2007 06:52:16 PM
Great shot! I like the diagonal lines in the composition and blurred back ground. A strong 9.
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01/28/2007 06:24:16 PM
If this isn't in the wild, you certainly do a great job of making it appear like it is. What an outstanding photo. 10.
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01/28/2007 06:00:19 PM
I like how sharp the tiger is, but the backround looks fake.
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01/28/2007 01:36:03 PM
I hope you were not standing too close - this guy looks mean!! Nice work. Love the expression and the DOF.
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01/27/2007 07:18:57 PM
Wow this is an intense stare! I don't really like the background though
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01/27/2007 07:02:14 PM
magnificant shot - simply awesome - one of my favorites this challenge
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01/27/2007 06:04:30 PM
Great moment. My favorite big cat shot in the challenge.
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01/27/2007 05:39:26 PM
such a look! did you have to clean your pants after this shot? I think it was well worth a pair of pants. 10
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01/27/2007 12:45:09 AM
His eyse are so intense! Fantastic capture!
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01/26/2007 11:50:34 PM
AMAZING!!!!!!
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01/26/2007 11:01:58 PM
The eye of the tiger. Isn't that amazing ? nice capture
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01/26/2007 07:39:23 PM
scary stuff...not sure about your flash lighting on this image, the eyes seem to have an unnatural look about them...but a great image in any case
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01/25/2007 09:36:59 AM
too dark. your post processing has added a horrible cast to it.
So much potential from a beautiful specimen....
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01/24/2007 11:14:27 PM
This is an amazing capture! I love his stare and how you froze his motion. Only flaw is that the sky on the left side is blown out.
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01/24/2007 05:57:41 PM
Intimidating
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01/24/2007 06:08:34 AM
Wow are those piercing eyes! The background looks a little strange to me but other than that I like the quality of your capture.
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01/24/2007 03:29:48 AM
jesus he looks none to pleased to see you? great shot
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01/23/2007 05:23:54 PM
Intense, to say the least. Position in the frame is nice and I like the tree/branch/wood in the corners as a diagonal half frame.
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01/23/2007 12:58:15 PM
Wow!!! These animals are so incredibly beautiful -- and this is such an amazing capture of one! Fabulous photo.
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01/23/2007 09:13:57 AM
I like how the background is sort of blanched out, like he's appearing from a dream. Nice diagonal line/frame created by the tree branches.
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01/23/2007 08:58:40 AM
What a really awesome shot! 9
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01/23/2007 08:42:17 AM
Great!
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01/23/2007 06:09:16 AM
Very intence shot!
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01/23/2007 01:08:24 AM
I like the mood captured here.
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01/22/2007 08:32:03 PM
Great looking tiger and pose. Nice capture.
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01/22/2007 06:06:41 PM
Great 2-side framing. Very good focus, lighting and color on the subject. Harsh light on the left is a little bit distracting but doesn't take the quality out of a great capture.
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01/22/2007 04:13:35 PM
impressive eyes and pose. I am sure the the shot is captured in a zoo (if it should was captured in a real wild should be very difficult submit the image :)). 7
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01/22/2007 03:32:44 PM
Very dramatic.
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01/22/2007 02:53:39 PM
Dang! Lovely subject. I wish the image was zoomed in more.
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01/22/2007 01:29:02 PM
Wow ... intimidating look and pose.
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01/22/2007 01:28:19 PM
WOW! 10
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01/22/2007 01:10:56 PM
Got him looking right at you! Wow.
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01/22/2007 11:53:31 AM
WOW...intense energy! Great shot, voting as though this was in its natural environment and not a zoo.
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01/22/2007 11:38:40 AM
Wow, beautiful tiger, but not in natural environment. You wouldn't have survived this encounter in the wild.
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01/22/2007 11:11:34 AM
he is very mean looking! good job
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01/22/2007 09:24:15 AM
Lovely shot! Great expression! Great capture! 10
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01/22/2007 08:45:33 AM
The stare is great and intense, although if you dodged the eyes you should avoid or burn back the black otherwise they look a little washed out. The lifted paw makes it a little more dynamic too. What's killing the image is the background. The unusual, overly-bright background is just stealing the attention from the tiger. After looking at it for a while it recedes but the first initial reaction is bad.
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01/22/2007 06:34:43 AM
First class - shame about the burn-out in the top-left corner, but the expression is ultra-quality.
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01/22/2007 06:28:43 AM
Now that's what I call an "oh shit" moment! 9
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01/22/2007 05:16:05 AM
wot an amazing and stunning photograph ..... definitely poster worthy .. but is he in his 'natural environment"??
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01/22/2007 03:20:02 AM
woah.... awsome picture, love it. 10
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01/22/2007 01:52:29 AM
Great look on his face. He looks like he would have pounced right on you. :)
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