Caged!
This was taken at the San Diego Zoo in one the few remaining caged enclosures. The stalking of this Jaguar was fascinating to me and brought about frustration for me, but I also knew that the Zoo is ridding itself of these soon. So, I decided to really work the image to maximize the "wildness" of the cat while emphazing the cage. I could not square up the bars as I like..any ideas anyone?

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Sun Sep 07, '08 05:54AM
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Media ID 20120726103639520  
Date Sun Sep 07, '08 05:54AM
Comments 3
Views 904
Uploaded By Richard P Schoettger
Aperture Value f//5.6
Date/Time Sun Sep 07, '08 05:54AM
EXIF Image Height 863 pixels
EXIF Image Width 1200 pixels
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Focal Length 200 mm
ISO 800
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Hi Richard,

This is an interesting shot- I wasn't sure that I liked it but it's growing on me. I like the eyes especially. On the edit I used the transform>skew option in PS and used the handles on the corners to straighten the cage bars. Play around with that and see if you get what you are looking for.

Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger

Edited on Friday, July 27 2012 @ 02:34 PM EDT by Editor

Bob's advice is spot on - the Transform command is under the "Edit" menu rather than the "Image" menu as you might expect, and you must Select All before going there. But then your options include Skew, Distort and also Warp, any of which may work here.

Honestly though, I kinda prefer the bars as shot! The slight imbalance enhanced the barely contained wildness of this creature for me. Terrific shot as usual.

Thanks Bob and Patrick for the insight.  I am really not much of a Photoshop user at all except for the basic things like Raw Editor, Cropping and a couple of other things sometimes.   I use PS just as a foundation for the 95% of my work I do with Nik Software tools.   I did try the Lens Correction and got me nowhere!  I will certainly give the skew a try and hopefully I can readjust like what you did Bob.   As far as what I like better....as of now the straightened cage is for me better as I think I was so hung up trying to correct it and now I can see that there is something that can be done.   Thanks again.