Study Group 2


Martin Patten, QPSA (C)

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:   Tiger eating
 

Goal:    To capture a tiger with prey.... Whilst in my local zoo :)

Equipment/Source:    Canon 1dxII Canon 100-400

Technique:     Shot through glass, hand held, 1/1600 f5.6 @iso1250

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  Darkened, added clarity and texture, added vignette

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This is an interesting capture in several respects, not the least of which is that it was done at a zoo. We definitely have a nature story present. The actual behavior may well be missed by the casual observer as you don’t realize that what the tiger is holding onto is the leg of another animal, i.e. prey. Once you realize that, the tiger’s apparent “expression” becomes much more understandable. While the truth being depicted may well be missed by many, I feel the story is still strong enough to warrant a 3.

From a technical perspective I feel you have done a very good job, particularly having shot through glass. They must do a better job on cleaning it than they do in our local zoos. There is some clipping in the detail on the brightest white fur, but I don’t see it as enough of an issue to mark down. If you check your Red and Green Channels you will see the detail is gone there. It may not be that way in the source capture, so check the raw file before any adjustments to see if that might be worth double processing and then masking it in only on the whites. I will still award 3 for technical but it is enough to cost the bonus point.

Pictorially, I find this has good impact and holds the viewer’s interest for a longer period of time. I think the panel for composition works well. The tiger is sufficiently under water as we move to the left of the frame that we don’t worry about whether anything has been cut off. You mention the use of a vignette which is very well handled and not detectable in this case. Kudos for the restraint. I feel this warrants a 3.

N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I feel this is a strong nature story when all the elements are added together, the Tiger in water (they love it) the visible prey, the blood in the water, the tongue hanging out---all tell the story of meal time.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Having to shoot through glass you did a fine job capturing this image. Even having to settle for the back of the cat to be slightly out of focus you still managed the face to be perfectly sharp and that is what captures the attention of the viewer. The use of the high shutter speed balanced the hand holding and your camera seems to handle the high ISO quite well resulting in a solid image

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your processing is well handled, on my monitor, at least, I don’t even notice the vignette. Color saturation and exposure is mostly in line I will note that the whites of the face a blown out and that is what is keeping me from awarding a 10. I will grant it is hard to save those whites when there is little overcast.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image shows the tiger well in an activity that could have happened in the wild. I am not a tiger behaviour specialist so I don't know how much tigers play in the wild. A bit of information in the description would have been helpful.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is well exposed and composition works for the image. The post processing helps the image. Overall nice job but there is nothing special technically about this image,.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The tiger looks tired/distracted, almost like it was truly engage in play. The placement of the tiger is good, though as a western reader I would like to see the image flip left/right (so I would first see the tiger's face). the slight crop (top/bottom helps the image()

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is something going on here, however I can't tell what exactly the tiger is holding. Being able to see what the prey actually is would have given you a 3.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Well exposed, sharp, and colours look spot on.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the composition is well handled. If the tiger had been looking at the camera or at the prey I would have awarded the 3 for impact.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice for the record shot of the tiger in water apparently with prey that I cannot identify. There is a distracting highlight close to the left side of the Tiger's eye. No doubt this was a difficult shot to capture.

SCORE N (Nature) 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Middle of picture composition. Good color and sharpness.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pleasant memory shot

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature capture of tiger with food in a zoo environment.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Hard to get good definition shooting through glass and hand holding that equipment. White areas on tiger's face blown out and left eye hard to see.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has good impact and composition.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The nature story is there, although, because the tiger is not actually eating, and its eyes are hooded, and the tongue has a strange appearance; the story is weakened by these facts. The image moment doesn’t come off as appealing, especially the hooded look of the eyes. Thus, this wasn’t the decisive moment. If possible, I would have laid on the floor at the bottom of the glass window and tried to get as low as possible, for a lower angle of view, might have allowed a better view of the eyes. As with all wildlife photography, the eyes are the most important element, and usually poorly captured eyes mean a poor image.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I do think you did a remarkable job technically, because photographing through glass is very difficult, with reflections, dirt and debris on the glass itself. Frankly, I don’t photography through glass for these very reasons. I will find some angle or view that with my telephoto lens will let me get close for portraits, or I won’t photograph at all. Because of the San Francisco tiger incident, many zoos unfortunately are going to glass viewing for the big cats.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The panoramic or 16 x 9 frame size works well with the tiger’s long body. I also like that the light on the tiger’s face is prominent and the dark greenish water help isolate the subject and allow the viewer’s mind to flow to the face. However, the elements mention above detract from the otherwise good composition and lighting.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful nature image

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
located in upper right third; excellent lighting, eyes and head of tiger was sharp as a tack; exposure excellent

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very impactful, excellent composition; would have been slightly better if tiger's eye had been lighted

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
the tiger caught my eye and after reading through the story line I decided to write a review for this image being a perfect nature story. although the kill is not prominently seen.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
highlights are burnt and you need to focus on those highlights.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I flipped this image but found your composition is best. nice flow of the submerged yellow along the watery curve. enchanted.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8














I started out with my photography as a teenager. I studied photography at school shooting with a fully manual camera and doing all my own processing of my B&W images in my school dark room.   Once I left school I only dabbled in photography as I had lost access to the dark room so my photography took a back seat whilst work took over.

In 2009 my Daughter went to University and when inquiring what I was going to do with all my spare time I was told "Get a hobby Dad" so I went out and bought my first digital SLR.  From the first time i looked at my images on the back of my camera I was hooked.

I am a get it right in camera kinda guy who shoots all types of images from wildlife to landscape and street to portraiture trying to deliver quality natural images with very little editing.

I live close to London which makes it difficult to get access to exotic wildlife, but I do my best in the country I live in.

As a photographer I felt I wanted some goals to aim for so completed my LRPS. my CPAGB and started entering the British Photographic Exhibitions and have recently achieved my BPE2* (50 accepted entries) and am well on the way to achieving my BPE3 (100 Accepted)

I recently (November 2018) started my FIAP and PSA journey and am very pleased with my progress so far having already won various medals and my proudest moment winning the FIAP blue badge for 23/24 acceptances in a recent salon.