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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.
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hehe thank you :D
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 :)
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:
Lt-Snuggs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This Tigers got moxy
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :lol:
MayonakaTehWolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Tigers are such beautiful animals c:
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree. Thank you :aww:
MayonakaTehWolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
your welcome~
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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