Nick Muskovac, FPSA, MPSA  


January 2021 - STRIPED RIDER

About the Image(s)

Zebra is from our Zoo in Tampa; The skunk belonged to a friend of mine in Clearwater FL. Both animals were put into alpha channels and layers in Photoshop; I made the background and composite in Photoshop.

9 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I see your images every month and your creativity never ceases to amaze me. This is a wonderful example of that.   Posted: 01/02/2021 11:14:32

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Nick I am a great admirer of the animals that you put together, often in odd ways, but this one doesn't quite hit it off for me. I found the skunk is so black he doesn't stand out enough against the zebra. With regard to his face; what i mainly see is a long white streak down his nose and in enlarging the image I see one eye. Perhaps I don't know enough about skunks . BTW I love the zebra stripes against the tiled floor, this is for me the picture.   Posted: 01/02/2021 11:52:24

David Price   David Price
I agree with Barbara and the picture for me is the zebra and the floor. However I should comment about the picture you have submitted. I again agree with her that the skunk doesn't stand out against the zebra. I took the image into Luminar AI (they are not paying me a commission) chose one template and moved two sliders and got the result below.   Posted: 01/03/2021 05:45:02
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Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
This is really fascinating, and very cleverly done. I wonder, though, if the skunk is needed at all (I'm a very simple guy!).

PS Do folks really collect skunks? If so, then why?   Posted: 01/03/2021 13:47:09

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
My friend had the skunk as a pet, and he kept it in his house. I agree; it is an odd pet to have.   Posted: 01/03/2021 15:35:25
Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
PHEW!!   Posted: 01/03/2021 15:53:28

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
I agree with David and Barbara, I think the image would stand on its own with just the floor and the zebra. It looks like the source light for the zebra is coming from the upper right, there is a long shadow down the neck of the zebra apparently from the zebra's ear. The skunk seems too large in relation to the zebra and there isn't much of a shadow from the skunk. Also, there doesn't seem to be a shadow cast on the floor from the zebra.   Posted: 01/04/2021 17:19:10

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Once again some not so serious eye candy. I always enjoy your creations. I must agree with everything said above. The exposure changes made by David are an improvement. I see you attempted to make shadows of the hooves, but that still needs work to make it more realistic. Your home gallery must be insane looking! Keep the great ideas coming.   Posted: 01/04/2021 21:13:09

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Nick, I think your creations are amazing. Some of them are astoundingly clever, and all of them show your skills at post-processing. This image achieves both of those, but the final result doesn't really appeal to me. The comments of others amply reflect my thoughts, so I won't repeat them. Nonetheless, I stand in awe of your imagination and abilities.

  Posted: 01/16/2021 09:20:11


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