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    Hi all,
    I was lucky to see the big 5 yet again in Africa. Here is a buffalo in some nice early morning light. Small crop for composition.
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    Hi Sanjeev, nice image of the Buffalo and good to hear you managed to see all of the big 5.

    I think here you could afford to be a bit more pushy on the Depth & Tone of the Saturation/Warmth giving the image some 'personality'. You have the detail, albeit I think some more DoF so the nose to the Boss is sharp and you have all those lovely details & textures there. Killer BKG with zero distracting elements, nice one.

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    Oh BTW, I think going B/W would be too contrasty unless you added a bit of warmth, but not Sepia.

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    Thanks Steve, will make an RP with the suggestions you gave and post it. Much appreciated.

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    Hi Sanjeev, I really like the image, I immediately thought it needed a little tonal control. I suspect the experienced may cringe a little but I have TK Masks and it was great adjusting the coat and the horns separately. (Very easy once you get the hang of it)

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Here is an RP. Is it better? Boosted saturation as per Steve's advice and gave more depth to tonal range.

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    Great portrait, wonderful textures and good eye contact. Repost looks good to me!

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    Hi Sanjeev, pretty darn close to my thinking, however I wouldn't just take my thoughts as 'gospel', as other have valid thoughts & comments to take into account too, but what do you think, is it better, closer to your recollection and time of day??? I think it also helps the 'Boss' too.

    Now just as a comparison FWIW, I dropped the blue (noticeable in the horn), plus in selective colour added +2 in the Black of Neutrals & +2 in Black of the Blacks as I feel it's far better than Contrast or Levels it just adds a hint here and also added a Graduate filter angled in the BKG and a bit more red coming through, might be too much?.

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    Hi Doc -- I can say that RP is much better , rest agree with the above comments.

    Nicely done.

    TFS !

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    Reposts look good but appear a little red to me.

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    Hi Sanjeev ... well a very nice executed portrait of this species .
    Love the warmth of the colors , ( looks realistic compare to the cheetah image ) . Head angle and eye contact is perfect . Crop is good .
    OP needs some treatment in tone and color IMHO .... partly solved in your RP , i might go even further .

    What bothers me a bit is very soft nose ....... looks like NR was used , for me no DOF issue .

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