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was real close to this tiger! he was very unpredictable, one minute playful the next a snarl....

was real close to this tiger! he was very unpredictable, one minute playful the next a snarl....
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50 Comments |
astewart
 
astewart April 05, 2016
This is just an awesome picture! I'm glad he didn't eat you! :)
saboytjie
 
saboytjie April 05, 2016
the closer the better...like cappa....if you don't get the action your not close enough!
KatherineYako
 
KatherineYako April 09, 2016
;o Aren't you afraid of these wild animals? Aren't they dangerous?
saboytjie
saboytjie June 04, 2016
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saboytjie
saboytjie June 07, 2016
ja they are, but they pick up your fear.... i was taking photos of heyenas, and everytime i bent down, they came for me, so i stand up...they then backed of....it went on like that for 10mins or so, until i backed of....you need to read the situation, or the animals state of mind....if the tail flicks, stay away!
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman June 08, 2016
Really love this .....Was trying to award the genius tab ...button got stuck.... Anyway I say Genius....
FergalBrady
FergalBrady July 16, 2021
Hahah lols true
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 June 27, 2016
Amazing shot, congrats!
greglinck
 
greglinck June 27, 2016
Excilent shot.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 27, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
kish_1971
 
kish_1971 July 02, 2016
Just wow! My adrenaline is pumping just viewing this shot! Excellent photo and amazing gallery!
saboytjie
 
saboytjie July 05, 2016
thanx all for the kind words!
CURUTCHET
 
CURUTCHET August 25, 2016
tiger in Africa how come?
saboytjie
saboytjie September 14, 2016
they are rescued animals....they actauly thrive here!
sigridbh
 
sigridbh September 13, 2016
How close can you get?! Amazing picture, scary too!
saboytjie
saboytjie September 14, 2016
very close!!!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick September 13, 2016
Fantastic shot - he really looks pissed!
photomom2
 
photomom2 September 14, 2016
amazing...just amazing...
saboytjie
saboytjie September 14, 2016
thanx!
debbietegtmeier PRO+
 
debbietegtmeier September 27, 2016
You must have nerves of steel! Had that cat snarled at me, I would have dropped my camera and peed my pants! Absolutely amazing photo you got here!!
saboytjie
saboytjie September 30, 2016
I was born in Africa! haha, thank you!
dandoano
 
dandoano October 23, 2016
Excellent Capture :)
maksimsamoilenko
 
maksimsamoilenko October 24, 2016
Wow!!
DebbieKMiller81 Platinum
 
DebbieKMiller81 November 04, 2016
Too close for comfort on this one? Still a wild animal and always unpredictable.
saboytjie
saboytjie November 08, 2016
ja was close! and i agree 100%
Millar_Images
 
Millar_Images December 13, 2016
You would have to grow up around these animals to know when and how to get close to them enough to get this kind of photo WOW!
jzmora
 
jzmora December 14, 2016
wow amazing
rogerwauters
 
rogerwauters December 14, 2016
So...you survived :)
SusanBurroughs
 
SusanBurroughs December 14, 2016
I sure hope you had a long lens!!
saboytjie
saboytjie December 20, 2016
17-40L wide and close!
rturnbow Ultimate
 
rturnbow December 20, 2016
Amazing, well done!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 10, 2017
Wow!!!!, I'd love to do that.....but not sure I have the nerves of steel for it! Amazing capture....thanks for sharing with all of us meeker photographers!!! ;P Lol!!! Congrats on your finalist award!! : )
saboytjie
saboytjie March 14, 2017
thank you Pamela, only seeing this today! (right place, right time!)
ersu
 
ersu March 23, 2017
were you in a cage or some sort of protection, the only way I'd take this photo is with a telescope lol. Fantastic photo
saboytjie
saboytjie March 24, 2017
no....17-40mm l lens, hand thru a fence....and thank you!
NightHope
 
NightHope March 24, 2017
I'm kind of laughing at some of these comments.. it's just a tiger. They don't attack unless provoked, otherwise they're really peaceful just like any other animal lol. Great shot by the way! Definitely beautiful.. ?
saboytjie
saboytjie December 31, 2020
Thank you, been in a an enclosure when they were younger, not the same when are big!, but night hope thank you... when he charged i got shocked by the fence, camer 3m behind tiger, me 3m back...looong mission getting camera back...
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson May 02, 2017
Very good capture. where was it taken?
saboytjie
saboytjie May 03, 2017
Wildschutsberg, Eastern cape RSA
richardhowell
 
richardhowell June 07, 2017
Scary ????
acchiappasogni
 
acchiappasogni August 19, 2017
Wow! Beautiful shot! Where u were?
MikeMettsPhotography
 
MikeMettsPhotography October 13, 2017
Incredible shot!
HBPhotoTx
 
HBPhotoTx December 25, 2017
Wow!
fabs
 
fabs February 09, 2018
Wow breathtaking capture
Corabelle
 
Corabelle February 10, 2018
Wow!!
gloeber
 
gloeber February 28, 2018
Amazing! Oh to be in front of this guy! I would of been terrified! Beautiful photo
mirandawilder
 
mirandawilder February 28, 2018
So cool, I hope to experience something like this one day!
Ideameus
 
Ideameus March 17, 2018
Yikes!
dewood62
 
dewood62 March 29, 2018
Seriously. ....how close were you????
Cheetahstrike PRO
 
Cheetahstrike April 07, 2018
Amazing image. Oh how I miss ZA.
Paul39 PRO+
 
Paul39 April 27, 2018
Wonderful shot. Nasty kitty.
babasmom
 
babasmom May 26, 2018
Whoa
jessedeforest
 
jessedeforest July 04, 2018
Amazing
tanialake
 
tanialake August 06, 2018
Oooft! Now that is superb but scary. Tell me he was behind glass?
TomasHudolin
 
TomasHudolin October 26, 2018
Last shot before dead :)) Nice one!
imaculatemosha
 
imaculatemosha June 08, 2019
This was a risk worh taking
saboytjie
 
saboytjie September 30, 2019
Thank you all for this awesome replies! Im humble! really appreciate this!
Lou63
 
Lou63 November 10, 2020
Those teeth! 😮
CURUTCHET
 
CURUTCHET June 02, 2021
how come you have a tiger with heyenas?
saboytjie
saboytjie June 22, 2021
Where are the heyenas In the shot? These photos were taken on a reservation, many animals!
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady July 16, 2021
TIA those teeth 😬 bravo 👏
LAllen_3709 Platinum
 
LAllen_3709 October 09, 2021
Love your work, I am going to enjoy following you
Fame_Bright_Photography Platinum
 
Fame_Bright_Photography October 13, 2021
wow, how did you get that close (and live?)
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller June 29, 2022
wow
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Behind The Lens

Location

This image was taken in South Africa, on a game farm....the tiger grew up there, so its semi friendly (never trust a dangerous animal!) I arived at the the lodge, Wildschutsberg in the eastern cape, and came to the tiger pen, as I stuck my hand thru, with the camera I had time for a quick burst of images, when he got closer I pulled back, I got shocked by the fence, my camera landed 3m in the pen, and myself 3m back, we recovered my gear!

Time

It was about mid-morning, the light was behind me, so that helped!

Lighting

I just wanted the subject to be taken with no dark areas, the morning light helped!

Equipment

Shot on a Canon 7D mk1, with a 17-40mm f4 L series lens, as wide as possible, no flash

Inspiration

Just wanted to take an image that would wow the person who sees it! and get a very close image!

Editing

mainly I shoot RAW, the settings are set up for the shot, so minimal editing needs to be done, I use LR for all my edits, and I try to keep it real as possible

In my camera bag

Canon 7D, 2 x 430 ex flashes, a 24mm f2.8 fixed lens, a 50mm f1.8 fixed, the 17-40mm f4 Lens, 70-200mm f4 L lens, triggers, a remote, tripod...stacks of cf cards, for a wedding I have a Godox studio light with a battery pack....and some homemade poles to attach the flashes on. I have a Pelican case for the flash, a Lowepro 350 bag...

Feedback

Be careful, cats, like the tiger, lion, the jaguar is dangerous, don't attempt to climb out of your car, unless you have a guide with you, focus on the animal's eyes, always! , keep your camera ready, anything can happen in a second!

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