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A Word in Your Ear by Ally Green

September 2021 - A Word in Your Ear

September 2021 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

This was taken from our Botswana trip in May and we were in fact charged by ’Stefan’ the Rhino…luckily we were in the vehicle. This was before the ‘charge’ when he was relaxed pretending to graze while he was gearing up his next move! This Oxpecker was inspecting his ear and this moment caught my attention! In post i sharpened in Topaz and in LR i moved the back & white points with Clarity & Contrast and Dehaze. I also put a slight vignette to darken the edges. 640 F5.6 ISO 500 shot with a 100-400 mm lens.

7 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
You captured a beautiful moment with wildlife existing together. The oxpeckers are of great benefit to the African wildlife. I love how you zoomed in tight so the focus is on the bird and also shows the wonderful texture in the rhino's hide. My eye wants to go to the dark area in the upper right corner. I think a little tighter crop to remove that area would be beneficial.   Posted: 09/06/2021 17:49:22

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Your detail is sharp and the post process treatment you chose pulls colors well. At first this was confusing to me. Your title gave me the information I needed. While this is absolutely the choice of the photographer, I think a bit more of face would give me information I need. However, it would take away from the main focus. I am torn between wanting more information and appreciating the focus on the bird and ear.   Posted: 09/07/2021 08:18:24

LC Boros   LC Boros
Nice crisp detail and strong story, but I had to look at the original and your exposition to sort out what animal was the base for the Oxpecker. Consider cropping so both rhino ears are visible and then masking the bright background down to alleviate the glare. I played about a bit and came up with this suggestion.   Posted: 09/11/2021 01:10:58
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks LC...and like your different approach on this..   Posted: 09/13/2021 19:18:12

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I agree with all of the comments, even though they head in different directions. I wasn't sure of the animal myself, but I kind of like that. Even with LC's work, which I like, I would still be guessing at the animal. I might take a different approach, and crop in even tighter and enhance the mystery. Either way, I like it.   Posted: 09/11/2021 14:24:27

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Without your title and some explanation I would have taken a long time (maybe forever) to figure out what is going on in this image. However, like Mike, I enjoy the mystery so would go with the tighter crop. I think it is sometimes good to have the element of mystery since it tends to keep your viewer engaged longer. Your processing has brought out the texture and the color nicely and it adds significantly to the impact.   Posted: 09/15/2021 10:04:08

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
AMAZING shot and story. The image is tack sharp. My eye is led along the underside of the bird to that remarkable red eye and beak tip. I agree with Mike and Sharon that mystery can be a powerful element. I would definitely go with the tighter crop to enhance the mystery. I love the shadow of the ear. The juxtaposition of the abstract ear with the natural bird is very pleasing.   Posted: 09/16/2021 11:10:11


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