Hi Werram, I think it was the uniqueness of this image that caught my attention. I don't think I've ever seen anything similar. I particularly like the eye-level position which grabs the viewers attention and focuses the eye straight onto the face. I do find the space below the water wave a little distracting, there's nothing there apart from a partial reflection which I don't think is strong enough to contribute to the image. That said I do not know what you could have done to improve it either. The water line does lie on a third but somehow doesn't quite work. The image to me tells a tale. I cannot help but think about why he is swimming away (or to) and where he is aiming to get. They say a good picture should tell a story so well done. While the nose grabs the eye I do wonder if the old adage of focusing on the eyes would have served you better. After considering it further I think you have probably made the right choice in choosing the nose as your focal point. The colour and the fact that it 'leads the way' certainly provides impact.
On the whole an excellent image with great aperture control, colour rendition and impact. But more than anything else it tells a story and prompts questions from the viewer. Well done. PJ PS Can you supply some camera details?
This picture is without doubt an eye-catcher. Tigers are beautiful, powerful and noble but it is not usual to see a tiger swim, and this is probably the first reason why the picture catches the attention of the watcher.
I think the way this picture is framed is very interesting. It is basically split in three horizontal parts of almost equal importance. The top is out of focus but shows some orange on the left. It isn't probably the tiger itself and maybe some rocks but the fact that it goes up to the top of the picture makes a really good background that provides very few distractions. The middle (tiger) part is in perfect focus and the depth of field is quite good, which let us appreciate every detail of its head. Lastly, the bottom part offers a place to rest the eye but has a little bonus in it: the reflection of the nose, which adds again some sense of perspective and "completeness".
Being there at the right time and at the right place is certainly very important, but being able to capture the instant so precisely definitely requires some skills !
Argh, I'll let him swim. I'd rather he not come out and take a swipe out of my left side.
Being directly in the middle of the shot is often seen as bad, but since he is so close up and so clearly the focus it works. I like how he is specifically noticed while the background is blurred. And great job at getting him to look at the camera. Unless it's a girl. Then she.