I have always had an affinity for tigers, so I suppose it wouldn’t be unusual that another big cat caught my attention. I love their fierceness, their strength, and their stunning eyes. When I saw her, that is what I wanted to capture. There is a haunting sadness to her, as if she’s longing to run free*. She takes my breath away with her beauty.
So far since using the camera I got myself for Christmas, this image is one that I am actually proud of. I knew when I took the shots that these were the ones I was most wanted to see because I just felt there was something about them. The only editing I did was to crop it. It was taken at Brookfield Zoo on December 26th, a relatively warm day (50 degrees) for Chicagoland winter. Jason took me and our friend April out to practice taking shots – we both got the Canon EOS Rebel T6. He’s had his camera (Canon D7) for years and really knows his stuff. I am impressed with what he taught us and how much work there is involved, yet at the same time, it was really exciting to put it into practice. I’ve taken a ton of pictures with my phone, but none are as rewarding as the ones I took with my new camera.
*I support the zoo, but I don’t like that their area is so small. It’s an inner battle I have with myself because I know a lot of zoos do good work and are protecting and saving many of the animals that live in them, but I wish they could be free and not be hunted. Hopefully one day this world will let that happen….