Gerhard Geldenhuys  

Kudu Ram by Gerhard Geldenhuys

September 2021 - Kudu Ram

September 2021 - Gerhard Geldenhuys


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PS cc Worked in layers and applying various filters and using the smudge tool to do some painting. All comments are welcome.

5 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I am envious that you have access to these wonderful animals; especially as they always seem to be in such realistic environments. I would only be able to see these animals in a zoo.
I love the texture of the background and the painting results on the animals eyes, ears, horns and mouth. I appreciate the shallower depth of field on ram's body. My preference would be to have the ram's forehead a bit sharper, though. Since the eyes, nose and ears are fairly sharp, I think a sharper forehead would make this more cohesive. You might even layer the original over this version at a very low opacity, and mask back some of the forehead's sharpness. That is the only thing I would change; you've achieved excellent results with your chosen filters and smudge tool techniques.   Posted: 09/14/2021 16:30:31

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
You've achieved some fantastic separation of the parts of the head any photographer would die for! Your choice of texture/painting for the wonderful bokeh background draws my eye to it rather than provide a background that pushes your subject forward. Maybe darken the background via burning? I like what you did with the "mane" on the back. Why did you add orange coloration to the face and horns? I think you captured the ears well with color. And you left ample space at right for the animal to look into.   Posted: 09/18/2021 09:54:18

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Many excellent comments have been offered. It is truly a beautiful animal. My eye enjoys the warm orange tones in the mane, ears and horns but seems to look artificial on the face. In my Visual review, I used hue saturation and removed some of the red saturation, put a mask on the adjustment layer and inverted it. I then painted in the less orange tone on the face only.   Posted: 09/24/2021 18:47:11
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Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Thank you all who took the trouble to comment and advise alterations/improvements. Much appreciated and duly noted.   Posted: 09/25/2021 04:48:52

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
What a gorgeous animal! My eyes are drawn to the sharper areas of the animal: eyes, lashes, nose, whiskers. The blurrier expanses of fur/skin seem to need a tad more sharpening to go with them. I get it that you probably left them softer to promote the idea of a painting, but I'd like to see the ram looking less smudged. (Maybe just smudge on the background next time around?)   Posted: 09/26/2021 16:12:50


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