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Does Mono Work For Wildlife Photograghy?

lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
29 Mar 2014 7:46PM
To save the Staff and Mods keeping the forums alive or keeping them quiet whichever the case may be I thought I would ask the Question

Does Mono work for Wildlife Photography?

I personally think it does but many prefer to see Wildlife in its True Colours.

Your thoughts and examples are most welcome

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lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
29 Mar 2014 7:48PM
Two from me....A Raptor and a Macro


monstersnowman 14 1.7k 1 England
29 Mar 2014 8:17PM
For me i would go for colour .. The colours of the wildlife to me play an integral part and an image without seems to be missing something important. Its a personal thing i guess.
justin c 16 5.0k 36 England
29 Mar 2014 8:50PM
I think mono can work very well indeed for wildlife as the following link testifies Martyn Colbeck
monstersnowman 14 1.7k 1 England
29 Mar 2014 9:29PM
Agreed, the elephants do work extremely well .. Zebras i am sure will .. Maybe animals with less natural colour will fit extremely well in mono as it emphasises shape, texture, pattern etc without the distraction of colour .. I suppose the answer is of course, it 'can' .. Tho not in all cases, like any other type of photography.
Overread 11 4.1k 19 England
29 Mar 2014 9:41PM
Mono is all about contrasts and textures. I think it works for any animal and lets us often see a more colourful animal with a new angle. We can focus on some details that might be otherwise hidden amongst its more gaudy colours.

Like all things it has its place. In the examples shown above its working well for the elephants, its bringing out a lot of detailed texture over their skin that, in colour, might be hidden or muted.
icphoto Plus
18 2.7k England
29 Mar 2014 9:41PM
Works for me, here is one -

ColleenA Plus
7 440 6 Australia
29 Mar 2014 10:05PM

I think it does occasionally work extremely well. I uploaded an image of a rhino this week in colour. AlistairFarrugio suggested it would work well as a mono conversion....this is his Mod ....exceptional processing...thanks again Alistair ..
Nick_w Plus
12 4.3k 99 England
30 Mar 2014 8:45AM
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 11:18AM
Yes, Mr Brandt is a class act.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 11:50AM
i think sometimes if the animal is predominantly b/w then i don't see why not but f something is brightly colired then i think you should go colour personally
peterjones 17 4.9k 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 8:08PM

I like being mono.
30 Mar 2014 10:34PM
After reading this thread i decided to upload todays effort in b&w

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