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    Hi folks ... another tritone image .
    As you can see have chosen , slightly different color for the conversion .
    Image of this zebra taken in South Luangwa NP in Zambia .
    Hope you like it ... but i am very open to your opinions and feedback .

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    F 8 ; Iso 5000; 1/2000 sec ; auto iso and man exp .... and just for Jon ... ETTR at it's best . Looked only at the histogram on the back of the camera ...

    Processed with DPP 4 and PSCC 2020 ; Tritone conversion

    Thanks for looking and commenting to my last posting

    Cheers Andreas

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    Andreas;

    They are amazing looking creatures, as if a graphic artist was turned loose on a mule! They are a natural for this type of post processing tx, and you did it well,

    The comp. work well, but I could see a version with a bit more room on both sides, so you can see a bit more of the neck and balance it with more space on the right. Personal taste. really.

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    Very sharp and it instantly engages the viewer. The contrast is deliberately high, it appeals to me. At the same time i wonder if more detail would be present in the darks with a different treatment, and that of course would not be the aim of this particular image I presume. I quite like it but at the same time I think I would like to see a little less density in the blacks. Sorry that's me - no artistic imagination!

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    Hi Randy and Jon , thanks for your feedback . Much apprecaited .
    Randy ... sorry that i did not say that is full width , no more room on both sides . Agree with you about the crop

    Jon ... no problem . More detail is there in the file , but got lost on the way ... but it was the goal to have an artistic approach .

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    Hello Andreas,

    Arty indeed, and killer BG by the way. Nice DoF, subject sharp, good HA, framing works for me.

    At first I found this a bit too contrasty. But after looking and pondering for a while I figured out what really bothered me: I wished the white part of the ear wasn't so bright...would you consider toning down that area a bit?

    Your playfulness with those conversions show that you love a new challenge. Hope you keep experimenting and having fun, Boetie - thank you for sharing!

    Kind regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Gabriela , for your comment .

    Hear what you saying ... about the ear . I am not sharing your thoughts , sorry . For two reasons ... first it would look odd for my eyes if all whites are very bright , and just the ear toned down . Second is the technical approach of this technique .... you have one layer to work on and one channel , so no options for working locally . You can ... after converting back to RGB .
    Why that is .... ask MR Google

    Cheers Andreas

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    I do understand your point, Andreas. Just find my eyes drawn to that area every time I view. Suppose you could - if you wanted to - make the adjustment before conversion. There's lots of detail there, and some darker fur closer to the R edge of the ear.

    Oh never mind, it's not a big issue, just thought I'd mention it. I like the image overall, and really impressed with the way the zebra stands out against that BG - did you do any NR at all? It's nice and smooth:)
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Not working .... your suggestion !!!

    As the routine is completely different what you are used to

    NR ... yes , as you push things hard during process
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    No worries, Boetie, I understand
    Have a great week, and let us see some more of your experiments
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Hi Andreas -- This rather not feel like an experimental shot. Looks like a proper BW portrait, nice details and a lovely BKG , making the subject standout. A great subject for BW conversion because of its already BW stripes and the patterns thery create. I am really pleased with this image.

    Nice one, TFS !

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    Thanks Haseeb for your comment ....

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