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    Elephant Options

    Elephants are one of my favorite subjects at the zoo. I've been experimenting with some artistic processing/renderings lately for a bit of variety. These are two different photos of the same Elephant, each with a different treatment. What do you think?

    1. Black and White (using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2)


    2. Stylized (using Nik Color Efex 4--Dark Contrasts filter, selective application of B&W filter on the background with partial opacity, and a vignette)


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    Re: Elephant Options

    I prefer the b&w. Brown doesn't look natural.
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    Re: Elephant Options

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertD View Post
    I prefer the b&w. Brown doesn't look natural.
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    I concur. But I do like the portrait. You captured him/her well.

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    Re: Elephant Options

    One note about the color: Elephants often roll in the dirt and take dust baths to protect their skin from sun and insects. The ground here is mostly red clay, so in accurate color, the Elephants are actually reddish-brown or orange!

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    Re: Elephant Options

    Quote Originally Posted by hschnee View Post
    One note about the color: Elephants often roll in the dirt and take dust baths to protect their skin from sun and insects. The ground here is mostly red clay, so in accurate color, the Elephants are actually reddish-brown or orange!

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    I looked in earlier and my mind has the same answer second time of looking.

    The brown does it for me.

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    Re: Elephant Options

    Quote Originally Posted by hschnee View Post
    One note about the color: Elephants often roll in the dirt and take dust baths to protect their skin from sun and insects. The ground here is mostly red clay, so in accurate color, the Elephants are actually reddish-brown or orange!

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    Yes I did think of the way Elephants love to cover themselves with mud. But it just seemed too much coverage tusks and all. It doesn't look right to me.

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    Re: Elephant Options

    B&W is better for me too. I prefer the 2nd crop/angle, but without the cut of the eyebrow (aka a bit more space to the right).
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    Re: Elephant Options

    I like the colour one with the mud covering myself. For me the colour tells the story.
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    Re: Elephant Options

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! As usual, we have a variety of opinions.

    I took another look at the color image to try some other options. I cropped it tightly in camera (no cropping in post-processing) to eliminate some distracting background elements, so the eyebrow against the edge of the frame is as it is. I tried to process it as a B&W, but I just wasn't satisfied with the way the contrast turned out, no matter what I did. So given the choices my personal favorite is the color image, as it is here. I can always keep both on my website, so hopefully viewers will like at least one of them.

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    Re: Elephant Options

    I think the black and white brings out the textures more. Nice shot.
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