Jeffrey Pawlan  

baby elephant under watchful eye of mother by Jeffrey Pawlan

September 2021 - baby elephant under watchful eye of mother

About the Image(s)

Nikon D5 with Nikkor 180-400 f/4 lens at 400mm
settings: 1/1600sec at f/11 ISO 7200

7 comments posted

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Jeffrey, I don't have a suggestion for addressing my concern, but here goes... The title tells us that it's a mother and her baby, and the mother occupies more pixels, but she's also in the foreground. So a quick reaction might just attribute the difference in sizes to foreshortening. A closer look show's the mother's skin to be more wrinkled. If you think this has some value, can you imagine some technique to emphasize the difference in skin textures? I can't.   Posted: 09/06/2021 14:26:22

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
HI Jeffrey, I love the baby and especially that you photograph him taking a step and his tusk in his mouth.. very sweet.. I also love that the mom is giving you the look.. Is it possible to darken the background a bit.. Do you by any chance have one that her ear is not clipped? Since I can't see the original it is hard to give you any other feedback. I hope one day I am lucky enough to photography one.   Posted: 09/08/2021 15:50:14
Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
This is either full frame or almost full frame. I have learned a great deal since 2017 when we were in S Africa so I would take it differently now -- like not cutting off the ear.

I think I prefer not to change the background lighting because then I could not enter it in a PSA competition.
  Posted: 09/08/2021 15:57:51
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
I had another thought how about toning down the green? Especially under the mom… I need to read/learn more about the PSA competition on the dodging and burning. I thought it was allowed. Thank you for letting me know.   Posted: 09/08/2021 16:05:28

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
I like the shot, with the baby's leg up it shows motion. I agree with some of the comments. I ran your image through Luminar Ai, In Luminar I selected the Animal file and selected the best image. I the went back to Photoshop and lightened the eyes on both elephants. Then I went into Topaz Ai and ran it through Denoise Ai and Sharpen Ai. This is what I came up with.   Posted: 09/11/2021 13:28:01
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Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
I appreciate everyone's opinions and willingness to help.

However photos are subjective art and I personally do not like the texture results and I especially do not think the eyes look natural now in your edit.
  Posted: 09/11/2021 15:19:20
Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
That's what the Digital Dialog is for for everyone to make suggestions. Sometimes you agree and sometime you don't. Have a good weekend   Posted: 09/11/2021 16:50:08


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