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Eye Contact
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 1.4X II Ex, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 2:23
Viewed: 4825
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Oz, the Sumatran Tiger who lives at the Auckland Zoo. He is sitting far up the back of his enclosure in the sun. My timing was spot on as he looked right down my lens. For those of you who don't know, I love this tiger and have photographed him often. Thanks for looking.

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies as compared to the Siberian tiger which is the largest.

Sumatran male tigers average 8 feet in length (2.4 meters) from head to tail and weigh about 265 pounds (120 kilograms). Females average 7 feet in length (2.2 meters) and weigh about 200 pounds (90 kilograms).

The smaller size of the Sumatran tiger makes it easier to move quickly through the jungle. Also, their stripes are narrower than other tiger species. The tiger's patterned coloring is an adaptation for camouflage in their natural habitat, which is often tall grass. The males, especially, have a more bearded and maned appearance — neck and cheek hair are well developed.

Webbing between their toes, when spread, enables the Sumatran tiger to be very fast swimmer. They will, if given the chance, run hoofed prey into the water who are much slower swimmers.

The white spots on the back of tiger's ears are called "eye spots" or "predator spots". These spots are believed to function as false eyes as well as to make it look larger to any predator approaching from behind. This is particularly helpful in keeping cubs safe.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 13:49 a.m.
Date: 12th May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 210mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam,
Beautiful portrait of this proud guy!
Great eye contact, impressive colours & details in the fur coat...
Very well composed image!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-16 3:07]

What an absolutely gorgeous specimen of a tiger, Pam.
He seems mesmerized by you. : )
He is just beautiful beyond words.
Superb details.
I really like the proportions and framing of your image. Very effective!

Hi Pam,

Very impressive. Cats are just so beautiful. This one's pose is perfect. The way he was looking at you makes me think that you would have been on the menu if it was not for the fence. Technically the picture is perfect. Well done.


Hi Pam.
Everything flows so well in this shot.
He is nestled nicely into those stones, and looks a part of. That is good shooting.Your camera sure brought out the colours. in fine detail.
Thanks for your nice comment on my hummingbird.

Muy buenas Pam
Un retrato muy bueno de este tigre, y el formato muy apropiado.
Un saludo

G'day Pam
He certainly looks impressive in this portraite.
TFS Paul

Hi Pam.
Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Hello Pam
Perfect portrait of this scary cat, the eye contact make you think that.Sharp and very colourful
Great job. TFS

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-17 4:29]

Wow Pam, this is a superb portrait! Everything about it is perfect. Great POV and lovely pose from this magnificent Tiger. Exposure is perfect with good lighting as very sharp. Colours are very natural. Beautiful.

Hola Pam,
Una toma muy bella, en la que el tigre parece posar como un modelo. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Pam,
Do we know each other? That what I thought opening the thumbnail. Starting to read your note mentioned 'Oz..' then
I thought..'of course..':-)
Great Tiger portrait...

Hi Pam,
Really nice shot of this Sumatran tiger with it's eyes transfixed on the photographer, I like the wide framed format. :)

Excellent shot of a beautiful beast, detail is superb!


Hi Pam,
Beautiful photo, and yes he was looking right at you for sure...I would of been glad to be on the other side of the fence at that time! :o) Great color and focus. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " OAK TIGER BUTTERFLY (36) " :o)

Hi Pam,
now that is a kingly or otherwise regal looking kitty cat,a fine and healthy looking specimen.He is one of 12 animals that the Chinese use in the naming of their years of and the next year of the tiger will be in 2010.I was born in the year of the tiger so I hope to see my fourth one then.Your letter boxed frame works well with your shot.The details,focus and colour work wonders with this shot as well.Your included note is spot on with me as well.Thanks for letting us see Mr. Tiger. Bob

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-22 4:15]

He recognizes you now Pam. Superb capture, well done

Hello Pam,
Just perfect in capturing this beauty!
so much clarity and details involved and good posture too!
best regards

Hello My Friend,
This is a really nice capture. The eye contact makes this a very personal capture. As always Pam, the quality of your posts is top notch.
Thanks for posting, have a great week my friend.

Hello Pam

Just beautiful.
How could anyone not love this guy.
He is amazing.
Thanks for sharing.



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