The Eye of a Storm




Santosh Saligram
The Eye of a Storm
I'm sorry I haven't participated here for quite some time but thought of sharing this since I really enjoyed making it.

Ever since I had seen this abstract ... e=portrait">this</a> using partial obscurity by Andy Rouse, I dreamed of someday making a similar one of a tiger and I got the opportunity most unexpectedly when I noticed a termite mound on B2's path and lined myself up. Luckily as he passed, the tiger looked back through the cleft, allowing me to capture the trademark intensity and fire in his eyes that characterizes him as an extraordinary tiger of the greatest individuality and charm of character I've had the pleasure of knowing.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, April 2011
Nikon D300; NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G AF-S VR N
Thu May 12, 2011 10:35 pm
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Fri May 13, 2011 6:19 am

Santhosh, to me your image looks more effective compared to Andy's where the eye does not come out as strong. Like the piercing strong look here. May be I would open up the out of focus area just a bit and reduce the noise in out of focus region - thanks for sharing.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Fri May 13, 2011 9:00 am

Hi Santosh, nice view, in fact a very nice view but what's in the foreground ? I was just trying to imagine if the foreground was more defined then how would the image look like ? It's looking pretty but if you ask me this abstraction too has some amount of predictability in it. Perhaps making the foreground a little defined might have made it look more interesting :). Just speculating and trying to imagine. Do you have the same image shot with graded DOF ? If you have then I would request you to kindly share that with us too.
Andy who ?? Ohh the guy who shouts more than he makes images ?

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Fri May 13, 2011 9:16 am

Santosh this is so wonderful, infact I was browsing Steve Winter's Kaziranga gallery where the Tiger is set in grass. This one is a notch better with it's focus in the eye and compositionally very strong. So refreshing to see this image of the Tiger.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Santosh Saligram on Fri May 13, 2011 10:00 am

Dear Ganesh, thank you. I did use Neat Image but still ended up with this much noise. For some reason it looked completely all right when processing but the noise showed up after saving, despite saving at the highest quality on PS (12). I'll try again.

Dear Nilanjan, very pertinent thoughts there, but unfortunately there was absolutely no time to try anything different because the tiger just passed by the termite mound in the foreground quite fleetingly during which I got three or four frames of which this appealed to me as the strongest. Had he stood there for a second or two I could have tried different things but he did not even pause for a single moment and just kept moving. I will continue to endeavour to make such images on my future trips and if I get another opportunity, I will surely try to get different variations of it.

As for showing the termite mound more completely, I can do that because this is a horizontal crop from a vertical image, which although I don't think has the same impact because of dilution of the composition and consequent reduction of the impact that the eye has, I shall post in the illustration forum for you to have a look. :-)

Dear VMR Sir, thank you. :-)

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Sat May 14, 2011 1:23 pm

I am in love with this image ever since I saw this elsewhere. Thanks for sharing it here Santosh! One small suggestion - if you plan to print this, how about going for a square crop with right or the left -ve space chopped off?

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Commentby kumarkeshav on Sat May 14, 2011 4:44 pm

This is really fine. Like Ganesh has said already, this creates a bigger impact. I'd recommend a square crop with the eye on top left. On the image as is, the blacks of the right disturb a tad, but seemed fine to me if cropped as suggested.

A very lovely image indeed.


Commentby Praveen P Mohandas on Sun May 15, 2011 1:41 pm

excellent of the best tiger portraits seen recently....well done Santosh...