Jason Stewart  

March of Giants by Jason Stewart

February 2021 - March of Giants

February 2021 - Jason Stewart


About the Image(s)

Canon 5Diii With Canon 24-105mm 1/1000 sec. f/5 24mm ISO 100

This was an experimental shot, just for fun. I took my camera and sat it level on the water while I was in the boat and snapped a series of photos. I obviously had to straighten the landscape and cropped it to get rid of dead space. Converted to black and white Brought highlights down to get a high key effect with the sky, there were not many clouds to give an interesting background.

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
This is a most interesting image if the viewer is willing to accept the fine art approach. I feel the composition is quite effective and the title is appropriate. The High Key feel adds a lot of drama to the over all image.

I do feel that the B/W conversion needs some punch to it. A good B/W should have true black and true whites and this, at least for me has too many grey tones that produces a semi muddy feel. B/W conversion is an art unto itself. I think you have something pretty amazing here if you work on that conversion.   Posted: 02/01/2021 13:44:25
Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you. I really need to find a local class on editing. I initially signed up for one last year and the world shut down ha ha. Hopefully they will reopen the live classes soon. I played around with the original raw file.   Posted: 02/03/2021 08:45:45
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David Kepley   David Kepley
Nice moment! I particularly like the reflections and the elephants. I'm surprised that you were able to get decent sharpness on the elephants on the right, given that you shot this at f5.

I am most troubled by the bald sky. Seeing the original, I'm not sure what you could have done about it. I'm not sure it really qualifies as "high key," given the dark shades in the water reflections. I also think that the lead elephant's ear is far too bright. What to do? Enjoy it for yourself or perhaps experiment with sky replacement in PS or Luminar?   Posted: 02/03/2021 12:31:31

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
If you are looking for easy editing tips try looking of either Steve Perry, or Matt Kloskowski on you tube. Both have a number of excellent videos that are easy to follow on various editing tips.   Posted: 02/06/2021 07:04:58

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Jason, you really know how to have fun. Great shot and wonderful subject! I would try cropping a little more of the sky and a little less of the foreground to move the elephants to the upper third of the frame. Then bring down the highlights of the sky to show those clouds on the horizon. I'm attaching an image (modified in Lightroom) to illustrate what I am talking about. Not trying to copyright your image - that's automatically added.   Posted: 02/17/2021 14:09:46
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Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Jason - Given the angle of the sun and shadows/reflections, black & white was absolutely the right choice. I am so envious because I was scheduled to go to Serengeti for 10 days for the first time last September, canceled by Covid-19. Nice capture of a great opportunity.   Posted: 02/20/2021 12:05:25

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Stunning image Jason. Beautiful nature capture of this parade of elephants. The black a white image is perfect. I like the silhouettes of the elephants. I don't feel the light is a distraction since it enhances the silhouettes as they are back lit. Your POV is perfect as well as it gives the viewer the low perspective.   Posted: 02/22/2021 20:17:53

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Very interesting image. I love that you got down low on the guys. That emphasizes the grandness of these animals. I do like what Michael done with the picture. Added some contrast and a little more drama. I would love to have the opportunity to thke the same shot some time.   Posted: 02/25/2021 18:57:16


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