[SmugMug Index #: S-0078]
DESCRIPTION: Malosi, a male Sumatran tiger, arrived at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington State, USA, in March of 2012. Malosi was a 3-year old juvenile at the time who previously had been at the Honolulu Zoo in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Malosi is part of the North American Sumatran Tiger Survival Plan, a coordinated effort by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to aid the Wildlife Conservation Society's work to ensure the survival of the these beautiful animals and all other species of tigers. You can learn more about these efforts at mnzoo.org/tigerssp/sumatranConservation.html. According to the AZA website, there are only an estimated 300 of these animals left in the wild, and another 200 in captivity. In this shot, the now 5 year old Malosi lounges expectantly on his perch, anxiously awaiting the arrival of watermelons thrown to him by his keepers on this "Go Green" day celebration for St. Patrick's Day 2014.
SETTING: 2014-05-14, 1112 hrs, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, Washington State, USA, GPS: 47.303308811281N, 122.51993894577W, Elev: 133ft, facing Southeast, Natural Light, Cloudy Skies
BASELINE IMAGE(s): RAW | 14 Bit | 3840x5760 | Adobe RGB, Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF APO DG OS HSM @ 400mm, No Filters, f/8, 1/250 Sec, ISO 800, WB Cloudy, Manual Exposure Mode, Evaluative Metering, 0EV Comp, High Speed Continuous Drive Mode, AI Servo AF Mode (Back Button Focus), IS On, No Flash, Handheld
01) ACR 8.3: I did manipulate the exposure, color, detail and noise reduction on the Basic and Detail Tabs, but for some reason the settings were lost so I don't have the specifcs.
02) Photoshop CS6 Ext. 13.0.6: This shot was originally taken in portrait orientation with a lot of emptiness above and below Malosi himself. After much rumination I decided to focus in on the subject more so I cropped the image 45% to a square format centered around Malosi, final dimensions 3491x3491.
03) Unsharp Mask (New Layer): Applied some very mild sharpening to the image to bring out the detial around the eyes, whiskers, mane and grass blades and to enhance the texture in the rock.
04) Photoshop Adjustment Layer: Added a global Curves adjustment layer above the sharpen layer to enhance overall contrast and saturate the color just slightly with a very mild asymmetric 'S' curve.