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Challenge: Black & White III (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT
Date: Nov 12, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

Remember ME? Same tiger... slightly less cuddly. I actually went to the zoo to shoot an ocelot for the Spots challenge, but that cat was sleeping. This one was too... until a bird got his attention.

Shot through a chain link fence on a cloudy day with the aperture wide open to blur out the links.

Processing: Convert from RAW, convert to B&W with Channel Mixer (mostly green channel), HSL colorization to add slight tone, Levels, USM, Dodge & Burn all over, duplicate image on another layer in Multiply mode for contrast (30% opacity, I think), Sharpen tool on eyes and nose, Blur tool on some of the fur, more USM after resize, 0.3px Gaussian Blur to soften background fur, Curves for contrast and deeper midtones, add border. Yep, practically straight from the camera! ;-)

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 424
Avg (all users): 6.8278
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.9123
Avg (non-participants): 6.6818
Views since voting: 2811
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 180
Comments: 33
Favorites: 6 (view)


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11/23/2006 01:41:23 PM
Great subject for black and white, congrats on your top 20 finish!
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11/20/2006 12:04:59 PM
Congrats! Congrats! Should have placed MUCH higher, in my book!
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11/20/2006 10:28:18 AM
stunning shot. perfect composition and processing too. congrats on 11th!
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11/20/2006 10:13:24 AM
Great capture. Congrats. I love the expression.
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11/20/2006 10:06:18 AM
"I DID get a 1 from somebody (bless his cold, shriveled little heart), so that'll help. I guess a totally grayscale, sharply-focused image of an interesting subject didn't meet the challenge. :-/"

I'm sure they were just confused... One of my favorites from the challenge.
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11/20/2006 06:16:52 AM
I'm glad the ocelot was asleep... this is a wonderful shot! And hard to believe he's the same little guy you shot before who's been sitting in my favorites for a long time. Great job! :)
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11/20/2006 12:54:45 AM
Great b/w study Shannon. Congratulations on your 11th place.
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11/20/2006 12:14:33 AM
Very nice work. I hope to someday catch an image liek this of our tigers. Smooth and soft but sharp as well. Just a beautiful image. Very nice.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2006 11:46:47 PM
Great expression and good definition.
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11/19/2006 09:57:28 PM
Excellent job, one of my favourites.
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11/19/2006 08:28:58 PM
My favorite of the challenge....I smell a ribbon...into my 'favs' it goes!! <bump> to 10
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11/19/2006 06:28:13 PM
Great capture, nice tones, this shot will do well, good luck!
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11/19/2006 05:31:55 PM
One of the best ever tiger shots I have ever seen. Super lighting and tones and the look on his face is so direct. Great shot, good luck.
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11/19/2006 04:16:08 PM
just love the sxpression, butter would not melt in his mouth.
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11/19/2006 10:00:41 AM
Excellent Capture!! A beautiful shot!
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11/18/2006 05:05:28 PM
Nicely composed and the sharpness is great. The only thing that would make it better is if he was looking right at the camera. "Cmon kitty, smile, look right here. Gooooood Kitty!" 8
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11/18/2006 02:07:31 AM
Spectacular face. Sharp. Good contrast. Love it. 10
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11/17/2006 09:34:44 PM
Fabulous shot! Back to bump you to 9.
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11/17/2006 02:57:18 PM
Great expression, he looks more like somebody's pet pussycat than fierce hunter of the jungle. Very nice b&w contrast. Well done!
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11/17/2006 09:52:43 AM
great texture. I've never seen such a fuzzy wuzzy tiger before. 7
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11/16/2006 12:34:36 AM
Very nice head shot, I like the way you framed the face - it almost looks like it is going to come right out of the pic.
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11/15/2006 11:40:29 PM
Love this one, especially the softness of the textures of the tiger. Definately gets top votes from me.
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11/14/2006 02:44:59 PM
The detail and the expression of this tiger's portrait make it a 10 in my book. Lovely work!
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11/14/2006 11:26:31 AM
Actually rather a sweet expression. The blur on the bottom right doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the picture's focus.
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11/14/2006 10:02:33 AM
What a spectacular photograph!!!!

I'm awestruck!
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11/14/2006 05:50:32 AM
classic, great pose but the tiger looks more curious to me, no matter a wonderful shot. such great texture in the face.
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11/13/2006 05:28:22 PM
One of the best Tiger shots I've seen here.
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11/13/2006 03:54:10 PM
Great intensity in the eyes. Excellent shot, tones, clear, clean.
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11/13/2006 03:45:43 PM
Terrific character study. I can see every hair.
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11/13/2006 01:31:22 PM
Oh how I adore wonderful tiger photos! What connection you have tapped into with those eyes! Beautiful!!!!
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11/13/2006 10:18:12 AM
Simply lovely capture, love the composition and the softness to the fur on the tiger. Nice lighting on the face draws your eyes to it, great sparkle in the eyes as well.
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11/13/2006 04:23:35 AM
Wonderful tonal range - and an excellent picture too :)
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11/13/2006 03:09:11 AM
great clarity, majestic animal
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