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Tiger Stare by TVD-Photography Tiger Stare by TVD-Photography
Young sumatran tiger is staring me down, stared for a pretty long time too :D

Photo taken at Melbourne Zoo. Print now available here --> [link]

Thank you in advance for all :+fav:'s I'm sorry I can't reply to all of them but appreciate every one :)

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Vision - I don't see a real "philosophical statement" made by the picture, but the tiger looks like a tiger - I mean he looks like a predator, not a fluffy kitty a lot of "cute" pictures potrays them as. Calm, yet serious (dangerous?) and I like that a lot.

Originality - oh well, we've all seen dozens of tiger portraits. I like the lit background, like the log sticking in from the bottom.
I'm going to speak about background a couple times - it creates technical issues, but it also makes the picture fresh and interesting for me, making me fav it unlike a number of run of the mill portraits I see here every day.

Technique - I wonder how the picture is lit, since with the very bright background, I'd expect the face to be dark. There's even a spark in one eye, which suggests another light source (was flash used?). The results are very pleasing - the tiger is sharp, lit decently and enough even with the bright lights behind, everything that should be seen is seen. The background gives mixed feelings, I've already praised it, but it also distracts from the tiger.

Impact - sue me, but I like bright colors and pretty lights and this picture gives a plenty. Most are in the background, but the deep orange color of the paws and in the middle of the head fur is also highly pleasing.
Composition is standard, with tension coming from slightly eccentric position of the tiger and bright vs. dark tones from left to right.

Closing point - it's a technically perfect and deeply satisfying picture I'm happy to incorporate into my feline collection.
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firecatshadowof2012 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Someone got up on the wrong side of bed. But I want to hug him anyway.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hehe thank you :D
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elviraNL Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hello, wou you mind me using this photo as a reference? :D

I'll credit you :D

Please take a look at my gallery :)
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes absolutely justhe credit and link me to your finished work as I would lvoe to see. Thank you :aww:
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Lt-Snuggs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This Tigers got moxy
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :lol:
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MayonakaTehWolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Tigers are such beautiful animals c:
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree. Thank you :aww:
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MayonakaTehWolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
your welcome~
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WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! It's almost like they stare into your soul when they look at you. Keep up the good work!
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime!
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Awesome
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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IgorsKrjukovs Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Like it :) , nice shot !
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hiya! Nice shot. Hope you are not too busy and your plans are starting to come together.
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, after Easter we should be booked and at a much cheaper price :D
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay!! Cheaper is gooder
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SilverWolf915 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful :heart:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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SilverWolf915 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :D
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Dr-Koesters Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Photographer
Nice :)
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :D
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow such a fantastic capture
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :D
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
The lighting scheme is lovely in this, and the expression of the tiger that you caught is piercing and captivating. Nice shot!

-- Mitch
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Mitch :aww:
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
You're welcome! :aww:

-- Mitch
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a capture in my taste big contrast in light and a close an tight cropping welll done my friend you capture a great tiger shot :)
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Pali :aww:
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MichaelNN Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Serious Look of Tiger , Love It :heart: , Nice Pic
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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MichaelNN Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You Welcome :D
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Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Priceless face :) nice shot :)
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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DanielleMiner Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love the lighting
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:icontvd-photography:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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AldemButcher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
so nice and strong tiger. Steel glance.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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BlueBlur87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
O_O The bright background really makes the tiger stand out more! I love this picture! The tiger is my favorite animal. It's so beautiful! And the picture made this amazing animal justice! :D
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much I'm glad you like it. I actually darkened the backgroud a bit because it was too bright :lol:
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
So gorgeous! I really love the background!
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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kgwriter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.... that tiger is checking you out!! >.>
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes a little bit too intently I think :lol:
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kgwriter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
aw, but he's cute!!
great shot :)
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