Regal Stare

© Pamela K

Regal Stare

Uploaded: June 09, 2007


Sumatran Tiger at the Los Angeles Zoo

Original background edited out in Photoshop, see discussion for how
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160sec; Canon 70-300 DO IS @ 300mm
Feedback greatly appreciated!


Pamela K June 09, 2007

Here's the original background.

I selected the background around the tiger using a combination of the magnetic lasso tool and close zoom with the regular lasso in Photoshop. I then feathered the selection 5 pixels and filled in the background using paint twice to maintain the softness of the tiger's fur while still removing the background.

Color was adjusted using color balance and levels adjustments to make the whites white.

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Pamela K June 09, 2007

By the way, the paint color I used was sampled from the tiger's stripes.

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BILLY R. PARKER June 09, 2007


Jessica Jenney June 09, 2007

Both are beautiful, Pam! The black background is very dramatic! Excellent effects and detail! #4381520

Terry Piotraschke level-deluxe June 09, 2007

This shot is spellbinding. Beautiful. #4381614

Terry Piotraschke level-deluxe June 09, 2007

This shot is spellbinding. Beautiful. #4381615

Gary Lange June 09, 2007

Terrific shot, Pamela and equally well done PS work! #4381713

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic June 09, 2007

Nice capture, Pamela. Beautiful tiger. Love the effect. #4382341

Pamela K June 10, 2007

Thank you, Billy, Jessica, Terry, Gary, and Kay!!!!!!!!!!

I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

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Jessie L. Cole June 10, 2007

Wow awesome job Pamela....! :) Beautiful....! #4384190

Pamela K June 10, 2007

Thank you, Jessie!!!

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Keith L. Clayton June 11, 2007

Nicely done! #4387630

Pamela K June 11, 2007

Thank you Keith!!

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Jim Stringer June 12, 2007

Beautiful work Pamela!! #4389257

Pamela K June 12, 2007

Thank you, Jim!!!

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Karen K. Givens June 12, 2007

Beautiful capture, Pam, nice work. :) #4390668

Pamela K June 13, 2007

Thank you, Karen!!

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Lisa J. Boulden level-classic June 13, 2007

Well done, Pamela. Fantastic capture!!! Love his intense stare and expression. ---Lisa #4393963

Pamela K June 13, 2007

Thank you, Lisa!!

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Sam Britt June 24, 2007

Beautiful tiger portrait, Pamela. I saw this image in Editor's First Picks. #4432664

Pamela K June 29, 2007

Thank you, Sam!!!

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Judyann Plante June 29, 2007

Absolutely stunning image! Fantastic work, Pam!

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Laurence Saliba level-classic July 05, 2007

What a beauty Pamela!!!! #4477300

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 25, 2007

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist. Beautiful tiger. Good luck in the next round. #4557107

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe July 25, 2007

Outstanding work Pamela!! Congratulations on your beautiful finalist win!! #4557655

Susan Candelario July 26, 2007

Congrats on this wonderful Finalist!!! #4561017

Terry Piotraschke level-deluxe July 26, 2007

Congratulations, Pam. I knew this one was a winner the first time I saw it. It is beautiful. Hope it makes it all the way! #4561196

Judyann Plante July 29, 2007

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Pamela! I am adding it to my favorites.

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Pamela K August 20, 2007

Thank you, Judynn, Laurence, Kay, Donna, Susan, and Terry!!!!! Sorry it took so long to get back to you! I've been in the middle of a cross-continental move... I really appreciate all your comments!

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Terry Piotraschke level-deluxe August 21, 2007

Pam, it is a stunning capture. I really thought it would have placed in the monthly contest. But with so many entrants, "Finalist" is a Winner! Congratulations. Good luck and wishes of much happiness with your new home. #4677878

Pamela K August 21, 2007

Thank you again, Terry! There are so many people participating these days (many more than when I started in 2004) that I'm definitely happy with a finalist!

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Shawn M. Marymee August 29, 2007

How about simply WOW. Your photo shop work is amazing. #4721696

Pamela K August 31, 2007

Thank you, Shawn!!!

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Lisa J. Boulden level-classic November 05, 2007

Had to visit this one again!
Simply stunning!

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