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Burning Bright...

Burning Bright...
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 180mm f2.8D IFED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): E.Y.E.S [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 11:59
Viewed: 3904
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi guys,

This tiger gave me some awesome eye contact here, like Niek's elephant shot here I was also forced to be creative when he got too close as I was using the 180 prime. I think the close crop is interesting and makes it visually powerful. Being behind murky glass didn't help much but I have improved it in Photoshop.

I think William Blake's Poem 'Tiger' fits this photo very well so I include it here:

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

(From http://www.bartleby.com/101/489.html)

Image Data.
Camera: D200
Lens: 180mm
Focal Length: 180mm
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter: 1/200
ISO: 280
White Balance: Auto
Metering: Matrix
Time Taken: 1.33pm 01/03/07
Weather: Overcast

PP: Levels, curves, shadow/highlight, sharpening, frame, reduced for TN.

Thanks for looking and any critiques you offer!


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  • Great 
  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-05 12:10]

Plutôt concentré ce magnifique tigre.
Bonne journée.

bonjour simon
la vitre vous a peu etre genée pour la photo mais je pense aussi que heureusement qu'elle etait presente.
ce gros plan est impressionnant.

Very intense image. If you select the grey area on the bottom right, and up the contrast on just that section you might be able to lose a lot of the greyness from there.

Hope you don't mind the Workshop Version.

hello SIMON
surprenant ce gros plan, belle réussite, mais je ne mis approcherai pas , l' oeil parait assez méchant !!!
belle capture

Eyes are amazing...
Good close up

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-05 16:37]

Hi Simon

This is truely one of the most "powerful" and stunning eye-conacts i've seen on TN!
Splendid work! You can actually say that having a prime lens really leave you no choices...but that's not true - you had a choice: to take a big close-up shot or not. And you did great!!!
The frontal POV here is excellent and the light and exposure are very good, too.
I'm sure that taking it through glass wasn't easy but you also made great work on your PP and pulled out a wonderful photo.
The very shallow DOF was definately a superb choice, too and it does well to only keep in full focus the eyes and the nose, blurring the rest nicely.
Overall a magnificent capture!

Bravo, my friend and TFS

Hi Simon,

Wow I like this portrait, very good focus on the eyes and nice crop of the head. Good details and exposure too.


  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-05 19:16]

Hi Simon,
Brilliant closeup with razor sharp details and fantastic colors. His eyes are amazing.

Hi Simon

I love tigers, as you will see from the many shots in my gallery. This is brilliant. I like your crop and the details shown are great. Well done! :-)

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-06 3:00]

Wow, awesome, Simon. : )
Fantastic POV, eye contact, goosebumps experience!
Creative shot of this magnificent tiger.
TFS. : )

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-06 13:58]

Stuning stare!!
An excellent close-up with perfect sharpness and details. I love it!
Indeed the poem fits well.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.

This is a powerful image! Straighton with piercing eyes.. a fantastic portrayal of the majesty and superiority of this beast.
Very very good.

PS: i did a stage play on this poem before. :)

Nice shot great eye detail and serious expression caught, as you say the murky glass didn't help as it shows more in the out of dof as milky effect. Nice job on the crop and composition rgds Necip.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-08 12:35]

Hi Simon.
Very expressive and perfect done portrait. Eye contact is simply amazing as well as the color reproduction, details and sharpness. I like your cropping so much too. I think workshop is done very well. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-08 12:36]

Terrific close-up portrait with the eye contact. The tightness works much better than a whole body shot. Exposure and sharpness are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-12 17:58]

hello simon
here is impressive tiger portrait photo. composition, point of view, colours, sharpness, details and framing are great
thanks for sharing

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