Tracy Szela  

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October 2021 - No title

October 2021 - Tracy Szela


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I recently made a trip to Kenya, where zebras are a common sight! The obvious patterns I thought would make a nice B&W composition. Shot on my Canon R6 with 100-400mm lens @400mm; f5.6; ISO800; 1/2500s. For the conversion, I used one of the Adobe profile B&W filters in Lightroom and just made a few small adjustments.

10 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Tracy, it's an awesome experience. I wonder what color the zebra skin really is: Are stripes black on white or white on black? I'm thinking, those stripes must absolutely have a reason and pattern code e.g. warming and cooling the body during the day. I won't ask 1/2500" as I know your answer from the last month. Your lens probably has IS or you used a monopod, nevertheless slowing down the shutter speed with a higher f-stop would also change ISO. But your settings are ok and worked well in Safari conditions. Your thought is correct about bnw conversion, result is really amazing. Toning, contrast, black-white harmony, sharpness are all well-processed. I just want to ask: What would have happened if you had taken at 300-350mm, could we see more rump & belly and hind legs from the hock level? Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 10/02/2021 02:28:19

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Yeah, despite having worked in manual mode for the last 10 years, with this new Canon R6 and the exposure preview in the viewfinder, I am not always as on top of adjusting settings. Definitely need to relearn my process a little more! It's interesting, the young zebras stripes are more brown and white- I guess to blend in with the environment. The reason for the stripes at all, is I believe to confuse predators- since the zebra is usually in groups it makes it harder for the predator to pinpoint one individual when there is a sea of stripes in front of them all moving at once. And yes, adjusting the zoom would have allowed a different composition. Definitely an infinite number of possibilities with this group of zebras!   Posted: 10/03/2021 15:46:04

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
Hi Tracy, I love the image. I was at my camera club tonight and we were looking at some images from exhibitions. There were shots of Zebras with the background totally blacked out which made the patterns pop but yours pops without it. Well done   Posted: 10/04/2021 18:05:49
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Interesting, that gives me some ideas though!   Posted: 10/04/2021 19:51:55

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Tracy, This image was made for black and white. Your depth of field is perfect and as sharp as the image is, I feel i can just reach out and touch the Zebras. Wow!   Posted: 10/06/2021 09:26:00
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the image.   Posted: 10/13/2021 05:54:27

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Tracy,
Thank you for sharing.
I think that the conversion works well. The pattern of zebras stand out in BW.
Blurriness of the background - is it natural blur or is it post-processed blur?   Posted: 10/06/2021 20:35:33
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
The background blur is in camera. The zebras were far enough away, so at my aperture and distance from subject it provided a nice blur effect.   Posted: 10/13/2021 05:55:19

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
An interesting composition with repeating shapes and patterns. Going from sharp to gradually blur creates depth in the image. Well done!   Posted: 10/10/2021 05:19:01
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Thank you!   Posted: 10/13/2021 05:55:48


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