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Note copied from original post in Feb. 2007

Continuing the theme: How close…?…

How close can you get ?
Is it possible to get so close to another human being with your lens, THAT there is no more room for breathing…?
So close too share the wounds with another human being…
So close - to see his/her cavities… The hair in the nose… Read the mind?
Is the lens of my camera so powerful to register that close encounter…?

Let's try once more…
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So close - to see her fangs !!!
To smell her breath…
To be afraid of aggravating her with the sound of your camera' shutter ???

Qadesh is a 600lbs. Siberian tiger. She lives with her owner in Ontario.
Despite the hours spent on discussing the animal behavior, the thrill of being so close is beyond description.
Constant fear: What if…?
There is no bullet fast enough to stop the tiger in the movement. Its jaw's crushing power is that of 5000 lbs. per square inch. Have you folks seen in N.G. TV's program scene when attacking Bengali tiger (usually smaller than Siberian), throw the Indian buffalo in the air !!!
And, if you dear members, will complain that there could be a better POV in my photos, or better DOF, or bokeh, or framing, or…
You have to forgive me, because…
That little fellow over there is……………………my son.
And if………………………………???


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To Mr. Bill Fraser, the owner of the tigress - I dedicate these images.
A wonderful man, real gentleman, former CRAF pilot, without whom great cooperation, these photos wouldn't be possible to obtain.
And yes…To Lady Qadesh, whose behavior was more than exceptional.
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That white thing behind…?
A 'Cadillac' stretched limousine, needed for transportation (assignments, events, movies, celebrations) of that lady.
Fully stretched, Qadesh measures over three meters in length. That lady really needs a living space.
Also, the tinted windows of the limo provide necessary privacy. There is a food compartment as well, in there.


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To be continued…


Update: Lady Qadesh died in 2005.


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