Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Zebra Patterns by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

August 2020 - Zebra Patterns

August 2020 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

When I was in Tanzania, I of course saw tons of zebras. I have always been fascinated with their patterns, but never had a chance to try much at the local zoos. So after getting my fill of zebra shots for the day, I tried to find a cooperating one so I could zoom in close. Of course this begs for B&W, I think. In LR, i increased contrast, decreased highlights, increased shadows, and added texture and clarity.
1/125 sec at f14 at equivalent of 900 mm on a crop factor camera with 1.4 teleconverter.

6 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
A perfect image for B/W, and if you are leaning toward the abstract, the patterns work. I love how the bristles stand perfectly straight. It almost looks as though someone combed their "hair" beforehand. I would clone/heal the small bites on the ear and mark on the neck. I can see this paired with other similar images.   Posted: 08/05/2020 15:58:17

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think you have made an interesting and nice image, my eyes would look at the ear, the bristles, the texture and the prominent black and white contrast, different from many photos depicting the head of the zebra. I very much agree converting to B&W works perfectly with zebra.   Posted: 08/06/2020 09:19:11

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Every zebra's patterns are different and you have used that to create a very interesting composition. By co incidence, I also have a zebra picture in my group 69, but totally different to your interpretation. Check it out.   Posted: 08/06/2020 12:01:06
Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Marvin,I checked your photo. Very nice!   Posted: 08/08/2020 20:10:57

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
So sharp,I could almost feelthe hair. The fog(?) in the background is distracting and makes one think something is going on. I don't see a similar effect in the color.   Posted: 08/06/2020 21:51:59

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Zebras are perfect for B&W patterns. What I like most from this photo is the vertical repetition of stripes and the crispiness of the shot. I am not so sure about the ear, since it breaks the pattern and forces me to focus on it, instead of on the stripes; but you cannot cut it off! Darkening the out-of-focus background a little more would help concentrate the viewer on the main subject.   Posted: 08/08/2020 20:14:28


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