Adrian Binney, LRPS  

Cooling Down with Sand by Adrian Binney, LRPS

October 2019 - Cooling Down with Sand

October 2019 - Adrian Binney, LRPS


About the Image(s)

I thought i would field a nature image. We have recently returned from a 2 week trip to Namibia - very very arid! We came across “desert adapted elephants” (they need water less often) during a long journey up a dry river bed. We were treated with a couple of minutes of them throwing sand around to cool themselves. This is my best. Does it work in B&W?

Settings - Full Frame equivalent of 250mm, 1/250 at f5.5. ISO200.

Before conversion to B&W, I worked on the visible parts of the elephant using Lightroom’s new texture slider and contrast improvement, plus sharpening locally here- not doing much to the sand areas, I removed many light sand bits that I felt were a distraction (still a lot more). After conversion to B&W, mostly more contrast seemed desirable.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I think it works very well, Adrian. The dust in particular, and his white tusks. I think for a nature image, the wider version shown in the original provides more context and nature story. But the closer crop is still very effective albeit with a bit more mystery.   Posted: 10/06/2019 19:13:51

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
This is a wonderful picture. I agree with you that a bit more contrast is called for. Then frameit and hang it   Posted: 10/14/2019 17:52:31

John Erve   John Erve
You have created a dramatic image that captures my attention partly due to clouds of dust and especially the fact the elephant is looking at the viewer. This does work well for a BW since there is not much color variation. For me a little more contrast would be helpful and I think showing more of this scene such as part of the other elephant would add interest/context. I cropped your image a little wider which also allows the main subject to be a little off center.
  Posted: 10/17/2019 17:34:56

John Erve   John Erve
  Posted: 10/17/2019 17:35:09
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Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Many thanks John for taking the trouble to 'start again' here. I agree with both the slightly wider view (to add context) and the extra contrast.   Posted: 10/19/2019 10:07:19

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like your image a lot. The only thing I might do would be to increase the contrast of the elephant and not the dust. I think this shows a very powerful animal.
Great image, nice trip   Posted: 10/18/2019 12:21:20

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I love your dust bathed elephant' Adrian. John's redo is very effective too. Namibia is on my list so I am envious. you have achieved an out of the ordinary capture by catching the dust bath. Good eye! Thanks for an evocative image of a wonderful animal.   Posted: 10/21/2019 11:26:12

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi, I am visiting from Monochrome Group 32. This is a total success, especially your first chosen crop. I don't care for the other views because I think elephant rear or side views are not as exciting as the straight on dramatic view you chose.   Posted: 10/24/2019 20:10:43