Safari Park in San Diego is a treasure trove of photographic opportunities but it also has barriers that can discourage even the best of Photographers. I went there this evening to try and capture some of the photos that alluded me on my last visit.
The Tiger Country is one of those areas that when the tigers are visible, they are behind heavy wire fences. The holes are too close together to focus a lens through so if you can get something even reasonable, there may be hope.
This first photo was the sharpest I could get using manual focus with 300 mm lens.
In this next photo I enhanced it using my photo editing tools. I started by darkening the mid-tones. I then increased the contrast and definition, made a small adjustment in the saturation and then increased the sharpness to bring out more detail.
In this next version below , I used the Dodge and Burn tools to reduce the effect of shooting through a heavy fence casting a pale glare over the tiger. The burn tool darkened the washed out areas and the Dodge tool brightens the lightest color giving the whites a whiter appearance and contrast.
Now to brighten and enhance the levels sightly again to brighten the overall image. The completed enhanced image is below. This is one way to overcome some of the obstacles such as fencing that typically prevents taking a decent photo.
I also used the Burn Tool to go over the fence again and was able to remove even more of the white haze in the final version below. I also then worked on the eyes to bring them up in color.
By The way, for all of you first timers at photo editing. This is also my first time at full editing of what was going to be a photo headed to the trashbin as an unsuccessful photo capture.
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