Sol Blechman  

Hamadryas Baboon by Sol Blechman

May 2022 - Hamadryas Baboon

About the Image(s)

Two part explanation. This was an exercise from the February 2022 PSA Journal. (They used a lion). It was about using the Mixer Brush Tool, which is found in the tool box Brush box If you are like me you may never had noticed, or even used the brush with the tiny teardrop over the brush sign. I'm far from knowing it well but it seems to be a fine way to isolate backgrounds. My subject was a baboon from the San Diego Zoo. Normally it's a challenge to capture the eyes which are hooded over. This guy was in the shade so lighting was no issue and since I was using a 600mm lens he didn't notice me. ISO 500, speed 1000, f/2.8

7 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Great image capture. The animal is unique and the expression helps a lot to make the image. Nice information on the Mixer Brush Tool and will have to try that. Nicely exposed and sharp.   Posted: 05/11/2022 15:48:44

Than Sint   Than Sint
Thank you for sharing about the mixer brush tool. The facial expression was captured in right timing. It is similar to painting. Fantastic!   Posted: 05/14/2022 03:13:03

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
I thought at first it was a painting. You did well with blurring the background. Their fur is strange; a bit ethereal and you certainly captured that well.   Posted: 05/14/2022 13:01:09

Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Great portrait! Love the expression on its face. Will have to try that brush. As Sharon said, looks like a painting which is a nice effect in this image.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:05:12

David Robb   David Robb
Excellent use of the new tool and I like how you used it on the background.I'll have to check it out. A few brush marks around the head need to be ironed out though overall great effect with the background and subject.   Posted: 05/17/2022 19:21:28

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
I'm afraid that I don't have Photoshop on my computer since it crashed. I don't "rent" software so I did buy Elements and use plugins there. The Mixing Brush isn't an option.

That being said, and I can't see the screen shots clear enough in the Journal, I'm just going to guess with my comments.

It looks like you might have used a hard brush around the animal's head. It seems like you could use a softer brush and maybe decrease the opacity so you wouldn't have hard edges. The images in the article seem to have texture in the background. Is that something that could be done with this one? I don't know if any of this helps.   Posted: 05/21/2022 17:26:17

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Getting a texture is my next objective, I didn't see how that was done in time to get my image into you. Thanks for the comments.   Posted: 05/21/2022 18:38:49


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