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    Hi folks ... it's going on , my journey with pushing the limits and going a bit artsy .

    Elephant bull seen and photographed inn Nxai Pan NP in Botswana . Image taken in harsh light as you might recognise ...


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    Image processed in DPP 4 and PSCC 2020 , again a slightly different TriTone . Further Edited in PS .... slightly cropped for comp

    Thanks for watching and commenting to my previous thread

    Cheers Andreas

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    I have looked at this image on two separate occasions and I think it has great impact.. I like the treatment, I will have to read about this tritone malarkey you refer to!
    Just looking at the top of the head, would it benefit from a slight lowering of the brightest highlights? Also looking at the eyelashes/eyelid maybe a little adjustment there to make the distinction between the two a little more apparent?? This treatment has me intrigued!

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    Thanks Jon for your kind comment ... much appreciated .

    I hear what you are saying about the tonal options ..... for sure there are different ways to portray things .
    I can try that what you suggested .... i am in training mode about this approach ( Duo/Tri/Quadtone ) . Still a lot to learn for me. And far away from being very good .

    Cheers Andreas

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    Interesting approach Andreas, and it works for me... as I have experienced from time to time such temperatures and lighting conditions. Without the elephants, that is

    This does look 'harsh' but so is the location where you captured the frame. So to me a good portrayal of the place without actually showing the environment...just a white BG

    As soon as I opened the thumbnail I immediately thought "...oh yes, must be Botswana, scorching temperatures, midday heat, love it"
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Gabriela , glad you like it .
    Yes it looks harsh and i want it to look harsh ... pushing things to limit and slightly above !!!
    Still in testing mode ... and feedback is very important !!!

    Lots of images in the pipe ... for experimenting . And this Duo/Tri/ Quadtone approach is very interesting

    Cheers Andreas

    So far the bear is the best for me ... i have created
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    Yes Andreas and it makes sense... I can almost feel the heat and dryness, just viewing your image. It's all about sending the right message...Like writing a story or a book, you want the audience to 'feel' how you felt at the time
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Hi Andreas -- This works for me, as I also tend to experiment and look for feedbacks. What I liked here, is the harshness in the image , the roughness in texture on elephant and very contrasting tones, again sepia effect works well. Keep experimenting , some what unusual frame but its working.

    TFS !

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    Hi Haseeb thank a lot for your feedback ... much appreciated .

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    Love it. Looks like a high end fine art image you would see in a gallery.

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