Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Giant Lizard by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

September 2020 - Giant Lizard

September 2020 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Spotted this sculpture of the ‘Giant Lizard’ at Healesville Sanctuary of Dinosaurs. The setting seemed ideal for IR photography and was taken with my converted 40D Canon.

RAW file processed in Topaz Studio 2 and suitably cropped in Lightroom with some local adjustments. Then used Darken / Lighten Center filter from NIK’s Color Efex Pro 4 ; added some sepia and finally applied Solarized + Oil Paint filter from CS6. I quite like the result, but will welcome your views!
Technical Details:
Wide-angle lens 17 - 85mm Zoom f/4.5 - 5.6 IS at 28mm ; 1/160th sec. @ f/10; ISO 400

11 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,

Quiet unique in subject matter AND in post-processing treatment. I like it a great deal and don't have any suggestions. My only thought is that with the kind of post-processing you ably performed, you lost some of the impact and effect of infrared in my view. By the way, looking at your 'red' original...have you performed a Custom White Balance with your camera?   Posted: 09/02/2020 14:57:02
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Thanks for the comments. And yes, I've performed the Custom White Balance with my camera. Wonder if the original 'red' is a touch over-exposed? Having said that, I could still extract most of the infrared detail whilst post-processing. Any thoughts on this please?   Posted: 09/04/2020 21:31:40
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,
I was just curious, because normally when you set the custom white balance using a brightly lit GREEN space as your target subject, the resulting frame is closer to monochrome than red. I doubt it makes too much difference on your ability to post-process. Take a look at my original, also with custom white balance set.   Posted: 09/05/2020 08:07:22
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Presumably I'd have used a different setting to one I normally use, and that is the 'AV' setting.
Had a look at your original which looks a lot better.
Thanks for the observation.
  Posted: 09/06/2020 23:35:34

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I think your post processing choice works quite well on this image. The big-toothed lizard certainly stands out against the background. Texture galore here. Dark edges/corners work well also

Emil   Posted: 09/02/2020 15:35:13

John Erve   John Erve
Palli, for me this artistic filter works very well and is very effective especially adding interest to the foliage. The composition has the lizard coming out on a diagonal at the viewer and adds to my feel that the claw will grab me. The eye is well positioned in a power-point. The sepia tone works well too. Thanks for sharing it.   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:17:39

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
You've certainly put your own touches on this sculpture, Palli! One suggestion I might have, would to put a lesser level of the painterly effect on the foliage than you have on the lizard. I think that would have the effect of making the lizard look even stranger. Very nice.   Posted: 09/05/2020 17:52:56

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli, you always find such interesting processing methods. This one works beautifully on the lizard. I am wondering how it would look without that process on the background. The beast may stand out more. If not, I think that darkening the lizard would make it stand out too. You have certainly put your own stamp on this statue.   Posted: 09/07/2020 11:47:32
Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie and Fellow Members
Thanks for your valued suggestions. I took up your suggestion Melanie, and darkened the lizard. It sure is an improvement. Leave it to your judgement also!   Posted: 09/08/2020 03:50:54
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Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Palli, I like the result too. Taking the photo so tight to the subject adds power to it especially when a giant lizard is the subject. The filter made the background more uniform in texture and focus. The highlight behind the monster adds dramatic contrast. The left leg of the monster is resting on a block. Would it be cool to make that leg appear to be extending toward the viewer by deleting the block?   Posted: 09/14/2020 08:56:05

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks for the suggestion. Hurriedly took out the block and cloned certain areas to see what you think!   Posted: 09/16/2020 01:32:24
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