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05-07-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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White Tiger
Lens: 55 to 300 mm Camera: Pentax KX Photo Location: Washington Park Zoo ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/350s Aperture: F4.5 

This picture was taken at the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City Indiana. I like the pic so I figured i would see what everyone else thinks.

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05-08-2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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Here's a few thoughts:

The good:
- You have a very interesting subject. I wish I could shoot something like that (with a camera)
- Focus is spot on
- The beast has an interesting "I'm bored and/or depressed" look on it's face

The bad:
- The picture is lacking contrast and looks a bit washed out
- Background is a bit distracting especially the wavy bokeh next to the ears
- Your subject is at the center of the frame which is usually not a good idea composition-wise.

You could try to add some contrast and crop something from either side (you can crop a lot if you can live with a non-standard aspect ratio, some people can't stand it but I can).

edit: I hope you don't mind I tweaked your picture a little. In photoshop I did auto levels, auto colors, auto contrast, a little cropping and some unsharp mask. I'm on a crappy laptop so I'm not sure about the colors but I hope you see what I mean. (attachment removed)


When shooting a scene like this I usually don't know right away what the best composition is (maybe someday...) so I take a few pics with different compositions and orientations. Later when reviewing the images at home I can choose the one I like the best and pp it.

I'm not a seasoned pro or anything but hope this helps.

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05-08-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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i appreciate the feedback i would agree that yours does look better at least in the color thanks for the feedback
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Ok I'm glad I could help, I removed my sample because this thread is about your pic. If you have photo editing software I suggest you experiment with the different settings. It usually takes only a few minutes to really make a difference. Google Picasa if you don't have the necessary software. It's a good starting point and free.

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Ok thanks i will try some different things thanks for the thoughts
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at first i thought "the tiger blends into the background too much!"

Then i looked away and came back....and then I thought..."that makes sense!" the whole point of their "coats" is to blend in with surroundings to prey on other animals.

depending on your "intention" this shot might actually work. as it shows a tiger blending in except for its face that destroys it prey!
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