HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

Fight to the finish

How about some good news to start off the day?  Made some great progress on the website last night, so Friday will be the official launch day.  At that time, all traffic will be directed to the new site, which is at www…..actually, why don’t I just wait until Friday.

For today’s shot we head to the Pittsburgh Zoo, where my wife and I went on Sunday to enjoy some of the nice weather we were (and still are) having.  I went about 10 years and had been to the zoo once, and now I have gone three times in the past year.  I really do enjoy it there, partly because you see something new every time you go.  This time was no exception.  The first time we strolled by the tiger cage, all three of them were sleeping, once was rolling around a bit, but nothing exciting.  Since we had to walk by them again on the way out, I thought we should take one more look.  I’m glad we did, because the two cubs were wrestling around and I got some of the best shots I have ever gotten at the zoo.  I think that this one is my favorite, with both of them on their hind legs going after each other.

Just a bit of processing on this one.  Straightened the image and did a little bit of color correction.  Desaturated the greens and saturated the oranges, applied a Tonal Contrast filter as well as a Pro Contrast filter.  Finally, added some Progressive Sharpening in onOne and called it a day.

Two more days til Friday and the new site.  Can’t wait for either.


14 responses

  1. Nice capture Dave! Sometimes it pays to take a second look!

    June 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

    • Yes it does Kurt! Thanks for looking!

      June 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

  2. Great shot, Dave.
    Nice to have caught them playing around instead of the usual poses we see.

    Inspires me to visit a zoo, which I haven’t done in years. 🙂

    June 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

    • Thanks Jimi! Yeah, I think that I might go back soon! Especially to get shots like this!

      June 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

  3. Looks like one of them has a pretty good jab. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the new site.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    • He was definitely the agressor of the two. He even went after his mom at then end! Thanks for stopping by Chris, we’ll be up and running soon!

      June 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

  4. Looks like bigger versions of my cats. Great capture – it’s always fun to see the animals doing their thing at the zoo!

    June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    • Thanks Kristi! Definitely the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen at the zoo!

      June 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

  5. that’s a sweet catch Dave, well done mate!! looking forward to seeing your new site bro!!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

  6. Can’t wait for the new site Dave! Nice capture!

    June 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  7. lmao man… The FIRST thing I thought was this is going to be popping up in internet forums as a lolcatz pic 🙂

    I could easily see the pseudo-word “Pwned” in big white letters …

    June 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  8. Awesome zoo shot. Can’t wai tto see the new site.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

  9. Great moment to capture the fight. I like the contrast and the blur background. It makes the tigers stand out.

    June 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

  10. Hi, Great shot love how playful these guys are!

    June 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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