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Tiger waking up from Afternoon Nap !

By arpitdesai175
This is Tiger T-24 at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Ranthambore, India. This shot was captured after waiting for more than 2.5 hours in 48 degree Celsius heat as the tiger waking up from afternoon nap. He was sleeping deep inside bushes so could not get a clear shot.

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IshanPathak 3 202 12 India
17 May 2014 5:56AM
Whew waiting for 2 and half hours in 48 degrees. Here in Gorakhpur we have 45 degrees and i cant even get out of my house!

Coming back to the image, i dont think there is much to critique because its not a clear shot and we cant complain because it might have been impossible to get a clear one.

One question though, Your Title says SONY DSC and your EXIF says Sony Alpha. Both famous but completely different series of cameras from Sony. Which one did you use?


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Hi Ishan,

Yes it was very tiring and luckily we were carrying enough water to keep ourselves hydrated !

I am new to ephotozine so didn't notice the difference between Sony DSC and EXIF.

I used Sony Alpha SLT-A55V and Tamron 18-270mm Lens.
IshanPathak 3 202 12 India
17 May 2014 6:18AM
Its completely ok, i am also a new addition only ( barely past 2 months mark )
Welcome to Ephotozine Arpit! I really hope you have great time here with us, and if you run in any trouble just feel free to drop a PM on any of the members here including me and we'll surely help you out Smile

In the Title section ie where you have written SONY DSC, you should opt for a nice title of your iage such as " Sleeping Beauty" " Tiger " etc.
whereas the EXIF data provides the viewer with every setting with which you have captured the image so that if you opt for critique we can know where you have gone wrong. It also includes which camera do you use, which is a helpful information. And here you will fill up the name of the camera and in the Lens section you youll fill the name of the lens, which you have done correctly Smile

PS: Global Warming playing its part here in India, right ? Sad
Thanks for the tips ! Also just wondering how come the date and time mentioned in EXIF are not correct. The date should have been 11th May 2014 and time around 3:30 PM. I checked my camera and the date and time are correct and am sure it was the same when I shot this photo.
IshanPathak 3 202 12 India
17 May 2014 6:42AM
This was the problem which i also faced and am facing till date. The conclusion which i came to was that its a United Kingdom based site. So the time zone of India and UK vary from about 4:30 hours. That is why if you look at our comments and notice the tine just after the NOMINATE button, it say 6:25 and current time in India is 11:08. So a matter of 4 hours or so.

Though why your EXIF is showing a days difference atleast more than 13 14 hours is a matter of concern. i might ask few of the other members about it but the best would be if you manually adjusted the Date and Time because even if the problem gets fixed it will show the variation of 4:30 hours so it will never be accurate unless you manually do it.

Though they dont matter much unless you want to give us an idea of the natural light.

Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
17 May 2014 8:40AM
What a lovely ‘Pussy Cato’, excellent cpature…..WinkWinkWink
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
17 May 2014 5:22PM
I admire your perseverance, hanging around for such a long time, Arpit, and then the tiger still didn't want to come out from the bushes. I suppose he was also feeling the effects of the heat, and was just sleepy.

You have focused well here, the eye is nice and sharp and also has a catchlight. He has noticed you. For me, it's the eye and the eye contact here that saves the image.

I suppose you could say that it's more of a natural shot with all of the branches around the animal. However, the large foreground out-of-focus branches do tend to distract from the beauty of the tiger.
I therefore suggest a simple crop to the right side, eliminating at least one of those branches, leaving the central one to act as a bit of natural framing. I've done a modification to demonstrate this.

I hope you got some other shots at the Tiger Reserve, it must be a fascinating place to visit.

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for your feedback and the modification. Surely looks a lot better after cropping from right.

I too feel that eye to eye contact is the special focus in this image.

It was terribly hot and no wonder the tiger didn't move an inch the whole time we waited.

I too have some other shots of this T-24 tiger from next day's safari. I will upload them tomorrow.

dudler Plus
14 627 1197 England
18 May 2014 1:06PM
As a point of information, I think many different Sony cameras use the same designation - "DSC" stands for Digital Sony Camera, and has appeared on the filenemes of everything from my first 2-megapixel compact to my Alpha 900 and 55!

And I can also confirm that EPZ is based in Britain, so that the time logging on things is (currently) British Summer Time.

But there's a picture here!

I admire both your patience and heat-resistance in getting the shot: and you were almost at the technical extremes, too. 1/30 second is a very slow shutter speed using a 200mm lens on the Alpha 55, and this is at maximum aperture and 1600 ISO!

With this sort of shot, you are definitely stuck with what you have in front of the camera: you can't move the tigers to somewhere with better light, or add a flash!

You might be able to stretch things - I know from personal experience that the camera functions pretty decently at ISO 6400, though it degrades things a bit at 12,800. That would give a fraction more room for a higher shutter speed, and maybe even stopping down the lens a fraction.

You will know better than I whether you can find a place that the animals will visit that is brighter, which is the best solution.

But this is a really creditable effort: I know i couldn't have done it!
@dudler: Thanks for your response.

The tiger was sleeping deep inside thick bushes so I could not get a clear shot. I was sitting inside an open jeep and the best I could do was lower the camera to almost ground level and shoot as getting down from jeep is not permitted for obvious reasons !

Also this tiger called T-24 is a very dominating male in the entire national park and is known to have killed 3 human beings who ventured into the national park. Also very well known to chase safari jeeps if provoked or disturbed. So all the time we were there, it made a very nervous and exciting time and ofcourse hoping to get a good shot before it got dark.

The only thing working for me was the sunlight was directly falling on the tiger from the top.

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