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1st place wildlife of year photography

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by P_Stoddart, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

  2. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    No arguments here!
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Well, it certainly gives new meaning to the word ethereal.
  4. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    More roasted than over-cooked.
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  5. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Probably the effects of being shot on a trail cam
  6. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    On the BBC news it looked like the chap was using a Nikon, loaded into a protective "box" with a cable leading away, but of course that might not have anything to do with the image..
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The Times says the camera trap was running for 11 months. Presumably he checked, if not daily, on a regular basis.
  8. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    The BBC website says 'All the more extraordinary is that this is a camera-trap image. The equipment was set up in the forest and left, waiting to trigger automatically when a tiger came by'. So where was the photographer, and how many thousands of images were taken by the automated process so that one could be selected?
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It would have been extraordinary if he’d been standing there!
  10. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    But far more impressive... he might not have even been on the same continent, or awake at the time, so who deserves the credit - him or the hardware manufacturer?
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Standing 20’ from a wild tiger he wouldn’t have made it to the competition.
  12. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I've stood quite close to an Amir tiger and didn't have to wait for a photo...
    (Yorkshire Wildlife Park);)
    At least I didn't try for a selfie
  13. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    He was the one who set up the camera, set up the trigger and then processed it...
  14. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    It’s his image and I would imagine it took a lot of time, energy, tech knowledge and effort to do it. Perhaps it would have been applauded more if he had been taking a bit of a stroll through the woods and happened to come across a Siberian tiger having a scratch against a tree, whipped out his camera and grabbed a shot.
  15. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Or perhaps waiting patiently in a secure 'hide' and carefully taking the shot at the right moment. What I would love to know is how many images were taken by the automated system, from which he had to select one. Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...?
  16. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Well one does wonder if there was anything on that tree to bait the Tiger's behaviour??

    The odds on a tiger doing that seem rather extreme. Unless the shooter had seen the tiger do before so figured

    worth putting a hidden camera in case a repeat happens??

    It is the case that experts in animal behaviour do see repeat action from animals say favourite feeding/hunting areas. :)

    Human are the same. Taken say the same route to shops or eating the same time everyday etc.

    I remember the uproar over the wolf jump gate which turn out to be a setup shot. I think the animal was trained!!

    It is a very good shot just for me the processing has damaged it looking natural. I thought there was strict rules on too much processing

    in wildlife shooting??

    This shoot is more art than wildlife record image IMHO.
  17. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The write up I saw said that trees of that type (pine trees) were attractive to tigers; because of their aromatic resin smell the cats like rubbing against them. There were signs of tiger presence which decided the trap position. I guess, like all cats, tigers also leave their own scent markings by rubbing their bodies on things. We have a new cat in our neighbourhood who seems to alternate rubbing itself against the leg of our teak outside table with using it as a scratching post. This is slightly preferable to the cat marking the table with urine.
  18. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a male tiger 'relieving an itch'. Strange creatures, cats.

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