Walk away..




Adithya U N
Walk away..
Its the month of November, and that evening i am on my first jungle safari in Bandipur.. After sweeping the forest for nearly 2 1/2 hours finding nothing, we are tipped off that there is a tiger approaching our way..And we shut down the engine and wait patiently..the last traces of the light remain and photographers in my jeep are waiting for her to emerge..and there she comes and all that we can see is the thin moving line..people are trying to extract the best of the moment - some shooting with high ISO, and some shooting wide open, and some using flash..I am reluctant neither to use flash no to bump the ISO..And she comes and sits infront of our jeep for a moment and is least bothered about the headlights of our jeep flashed at her...

after a couple of seconds she moves on and vanishes into the jungle..of the 10 images i made of her, the sequence which has her looking at us - yield was 0.. And other photographers are showing me what they got with higher ISOs, flash..I feel dejected that even with the fastest lens of all i couldn't make a single image of the tiger looking at us. Then wait.. I go through the set again there it is..this image makes the trip for me..I am sure going down the lane i will make a lot of tiger images, this one image i am not sure whether i will get a chance to make it again..

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Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:53 am
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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:54 pm

indeed, classic portrait, adithya. love the feel of mystery 'n motion, and every strand of those fine thin grass on the bottom left.

tfs. regards.

Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:51 pm

An outstanding image in my books - congratulations Adithya ! The centered composition, going away, highlighted ears, framing blades of grass all come together to make it very unique. One of the impactful tiger images I have ever seen - thanks for sharing.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:35 pm

A very different and refreshing Tiger image indeed Adi! I love the way the ears and the tail hold the attention of the viewer. The darkness into which the tiger is waking into is very poignant. The mood is simply super!!!
Am glad you stayed away from the conventional pictures, you can make them on any other trip, but not images like these. These come once in a life time!!!

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:58 pm

A good portrayal of the ghostly nature of the mythical tiger. :-) Love the grass on the bottom left and the bright ears popping up in the enveloping darkness all around. :-)

Commentby Adithya Biloor on Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:11 pm

Clearly one of the best of you Dore. Loved everything in the image, the popping out ears, evening mood, impact of slow shttuer, posture of the tiger, liked everything.

Adithya Biloor

Commentby nirlep on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:09 pm

Hi Adithya,
Once in a while a visual comes along which is still untamed in its conception and execution. This one belongs to that category. It at once arouses so many feelings....the most prominent being the loss. today we can actually count the tigers on our fingers and unfortunately if we loose them forever...this image would come back again ang again to haunt. It puts me in a frame which I would call a predated nostalgia. The image has a tremendous "conservation appeal" ...borrowing VMR's words.
Great seeing....and thanks for sharing.

Commentby Prithvi K on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:21 pm

Loved the story behind image Aditya, this shot could be used for the "save the tiger campaign" because the tiger is walking away from us into the darkness.

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:39 pm

Phenomenal image Adithya! Story behind the image is powerful too. Fantastic effort in penning down the feelings that you experienced. It's the most toughest tasks. Everything seems to have converged in this image. Mysterious nature of Tiger and the prominent darkness in the frame is just perfect. Anyone can make a perfect portrait given an opportunity. Images like these are rare. Am very happy that you didn't "delete" this image in the camera. I have heard many people say so and it hurts!

Backup this image multiple times! ;-)

Pramod Viswanath
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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:43 pm

This is so brilliant! So much unconventional and so much unique. For me the shakes and blurs in the whole image which make is so unique. They bring dynamism for the composition. The darkness is very much symbolic for the present situation. The stripes on the tail and the prominent ears are icing on the cake. A brilliant image overall. Kudos and thanks for sharing.

Ashwini Kumar Bhat
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Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:41 pm

Loved this image, Adithya. You broke many rules and came up with a winner! Congrats. Thanks for sharing it along with your experience.

Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:17 am

I'm glad you didnot follow others! this is a wonderful creation. Lot has been already told about this image.
best regards,

Commentby Abhisek Majumdar on Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:17 pm

Truly mystique!! A very very different and fresh image indeed...

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:37 pm

I had problem with my both Macs so my commenting was out. This I would rate as an iconic tiger image. The last year I picked two tiger images, yours is the third. Glad that there is a forum like CNP which addresses blurs and other images.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:03 am

How did I miss this one ? Now, since most of the good words have been said about this image already, I have nothing left to say which would be new, so I decide to sit back enjoy seeing this image and can assure you that I will never forget this image ever. Very true, I doubt if you or anybody else would get a chance to make a tiger image like this again. Pity those who think image blurs are beyond the scope of photography, god forgive them as they do not even know what they are missing in life ferrying between blurs and sharpness. :). Just look at the grass in front, am feeling as if the tiger is still walking into a future decided by nature. Why would I ever want to see non sense tiger images of people if I have seen this one ? You made appreciating tiger images even more difficult Adithya. :-).

Nilanjan Das Photography

Commentby Rajkumar on Wed May 13, 2015 5:56 pm

this is still unique even after 5 years of relentless creations. Wonderful

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