Monochrome Madness: Tiger

Monochrome Madness: Tiger

Monochrome Madness: Tiger

There’s another wonderful collection of images over on Leanne Cole‘s blog this week for Monochrome Madness. She and Laura Macky have really started something here! I have to say that Leanne just astounds me, her own work is just sublime and her commitment to blogging has really inspired me!

Every week she brings up new points for discussion, introduces us to fellow bloggers, hosts the Monochrome challenge, interacts with everyone AND creates her own work! Hats off to you Leanne πŸ™‚

I’ve had some lovely comments within Leanne’s post that I wanted to share and discuss:

RoSy said “Beyond beautiful!” –Β  What a wonderful thing to say! Comments like this mean the world to any artist.

Alex – buddhableu2000 – said “An excellent capture. Very well presented.” – Composition is really important to me! It’s good to hear when I get it right πŸ™‚

Anica Art Photography said “Stunning portrait!” –Β  I very often categorise photos of animals as Portraiture and have been asked why on many occasions! I treat a photograph like this in exactly the same way I would when creating a portrait of a person. A portrait is very much about capturing the essence of your subject. I like to create expressive portraits πŸ™‚

hutchphotography2020 said “An animal created for monochrome. Beautiful.” –Β  I couldn’t agree more! I’ve created many monochrome images of tigers over the years. In fact, cats both big and small are great monochrome subjects! I had a really interesting discussion with Laura about B&W photography. Not EVERYTHING looks good in B&W or monochrome. I wouldn’t photograph our garden birds in B&W but some birds-of-prey and sea-birds work really well in monochrome. Creating a good B&W image uses a very different skill-set to colour photography. I started out in photography using B&W Ilford film and my trusty old Praktica SLR. When I looked through the lens I almost saw the world in B&W. Processing is key! I always spent more time in the darkroom than I did on shoots and these days it’s more time with Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik. Learning to take good colour photos when I got my first DSLR was a real challenge! I’m always striving to learn more and challenge myself with my work.

39 comments on “Monochrome Madness: Tiger

  1. Gorgeous portrait of my favourite Big Cat. Such clever use of the light. And I agree with you that not everything looks good in B&W. I can’t bring myself to use that process for flowers, though architectural plants can look very good. I guess it is a matter of opinion, and experience and experimentation.

  2. Great post and beautiful image Sarah. We’re off to India in October and I hope to see one of these in the wild……though not too close of course πŸ˜‰

    • Oh wow, I hope you do get to see one!! I’ve dreamt of seeing one in the wild all my life but unfortunately my medical conditions and the drugs I have to take pretty much rule out my ever travelling to any region where tigers still roam free and wild. I will continue to worship their beauty from afar πŸ™‚ Or at the zoo!

      • We have two days at Ranthambore National Park… we have a chance, but no guarantees. We live only about 30 minutes away from Chester Zoo and the tigers there had cubs last year. There are a couple of shots of them on my Photostream

      • Ooh, I must look at those πŸ™‚ I know Chester Zoo quite well although haven’t been for many years. My Aunt and cousin went to see the cubs there last year πŸ™‚ I must get back up to London Zoo sometime soon! My Uncle saw 8 individual tigers at Ranthambore on his last trip overseas before he passed away. That was about 10yrs ago I think. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

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