Mervyn Hurwitz  

African Landscape by Mervyn Hurwitz

May 2020 - African Landscape

About the Image(s)

Taken on my recent visit to South Africa's Kruger Park. I wanted to show the vastness of the landscape. The elephant helps to identify the senvironment and is not meant to be the main point of interest.
Taken in infra red with a converted Sony AII. 170mm. ISO 200. f11, 1/200secs. Converted to B&W with Nik silver effex.

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10 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I don't understand much (or at all!) of B&W or infrared, but I can say that the result here is extraordinary. I like your idea of having the elephant not as the main subject, but as an element to provide perspective to the whole landscape. If it were a little to the left it would have been better placed, but you cannot crop from the left because of the tree, and it's fine to have it there, anyway. A small suggestion: use some cloning and eliminate the tree "growing" from its head.   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:46:23
Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Thanks, Jose. The tree doesn't bother me as it is part of the environment where these animals live. But I did follow your suggestion and removed the tree. What do you think? Is it an improvement?   Posted: 05/10/2020 10:20:15
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Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I like it better.   Posted: 05/10/2020 10:27:57

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Eliminating the tree growing out of the elephant eliminated the only critique I could offer up.   Posted: 05/10/2020 14:27:53

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Beautiful. I think the elephant might be lighted ta bit   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:33:24

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Beautiful treatment of the landscape. I know it's not meant to be the focus, but I am glad the elephant is in the scene. Just take away the branches from the head of the elephant. Nothing else needed.   Posted: 05/11/2020 19:08:49
Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
See my edit after Jose's comment.   Posted: 05/12/2020 11:42:12

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
The tonality and contrast is beautiful. Although the elephant is not the title of the picture, my eyes would naturally rest on it, and so it helps. It appears to be a sunny day with some clouds, but I cannot see harsh shadows, what is the effect of infra red in such a condition?   Posted: 05/13/2020 09:58:29
Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This was taken in the late afternoon, so the trees and foliage are not rendered as white as is usual in infra red. However, the IR does provide crisp tones and good contrast especially in the sky.   Posted: 05/14/2020 10:17:48

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I think this is a great black and white picture and I feel eliminating the tree growing out of the elephant was an improvement to the composition. I don't know if it was from removing the tree or what but there seems to be a slight halo around the back of the elephant in the later picture.   Posted: 05/28/2020 17:09:46