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Dvir Barkay
01-26-2014, 10:47 AM

Elephant Rock in Valley of Fire State Park. There was a golden afternoon sun that really helped bring out the textures of the elephant. I used a polarizer to bring out the sky and background.

Sony A100, Sony 16-50/2.8, Polarizer
F/8, ISO 100, slight Crop

Douglas Bolt
01-26-2014, 12:52 PM
Beautiful image in RGB. I couldn't help but want to see it in B&W. One click in PS with BW-Auto yielded a very impressive BW image.

01-27-2014, 12:24 AM
Striking rock formation and nice half moon.
Harsh midday light was not your friend…….

David Stephens
01-27-2014, 11:45 AM
I like it. It feels like you cropped off the tip of the "trunk." If so, I'd like to see a tiny bit more of that. I'd bring the Shadows up and peak Reds down just a little. The Clarity (micro contrast) might bring a out a little more detail in the shadows. Colors are great.

Dvir Barkay
01-27-2014, 05:06 PM
Ok thank you all for the feedback. I already worked on the image and cropped it, so I would have to redo it all, I should start cropping only after I edit the shots. Anyhow, I raised the shadows a bit, and added some clarity to them. Also lowered the reds a tad bit, what do you guys/gals think?

David Stephens
01-28-2014, 01:09 PM
That's more in line with what I was thinking was possible. The details in the shadows add a lot for me.

Andrew McLachlan
01-28-2014, 08:49 PM
Hi Dvir, repost works better for me too. Very nice formation and you handled the harsh lighting well...I too could see this being a lovely B&W conversion.

Douglas Bolt
01-30-2014, 10:36 AM
I agree with Andrew that it would make a great B&W image. Here's the one-click conversion I mentioned in Post #2 above. I'm sure NIK SEP would offer many additional nice conversions and so would B&W adjustment layer in PS, but 1-click Auto shows the potential of this image for B&W.

David Stephens
01-30-2014, 08:04 PM
I prefer your color version, but I see the attraction of a B&W version.

Morkel Erasmus
02-02-2014, 08:14 AM
Cool rock formation!
I think you handled the light well, though I think sunset/dawn light would work best here. Nice depth here with the formations at the back and the moon is a nice touch in a cloudless sky.
I too think it would rock (pun, yes) in monochrome if converted with care and love...

Dvir Barkay
02-02-2014, 10:12 AM
Thanks Morkel, yeah I can try some black and white with it, see what path that leads too.