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Tough as old boots

By ALSFOTOS
Family day out at Chessington World of Adventures led to this pic .

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4150 Canada
16 Dec 2013 11:09PM
Nice shot from a 13 year old Fuji.

Lots of detail. Some might prefer the shot taken further back to see more of the animal, but getting the eye and the detail in is good.

A touch too yellow, - not unusual for Fuji, and the lower part of the trunk is less sharp, - maybe a little movement.


Ive loaded a mod, a little more contrast, less yellow, and sharper trunk. View the mod large.

I took a close up of an elephant in the middle of the year, with a Fuji also, just to get the terrific eyelashes.


Regards


Willie

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ALSFOTOS 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 5:19AM
Thanks for the comments , I will take the advice on board , alan
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 4:08PM
An elephant's skin has wonderful textures, Alan, which show up well in a close-up image like this.

There are a few different ways in which I would have approached this shot:-

Firstly, I'd have placed the eye in the top left corner. This type of placement helps to attract the eye of the viewer to the eye of the elephant, the focal point, because it's in a position for the eye to settle and then explore downwards. With this placement done at the time of shooting, you would have had the line of the trunk to follow downwards.
Using the Rule of Thirds as a guideline, the eye would ideally be placed on a thirds intersection.
When you are taking close shots, look for lines, shapes and patterns because these become more important when you are looking for close detail.

Secondly, I'd have moved a little to the left so that the eye was more parallel to my camera, showing it more fully.

Thirdly, I'd have waited for a moment when the elephant opened its eye a little wider, or for it to be in a position where the light was hitting it, in order to get some detail within it, and perhaps even a catchlight. With a little extra light, those lashes would shine, too.

Of course, it's never possible to have everything working in your favour, but you can at least look for these things next time.

Because the eye on the right side is ill defined, I have cropped that side in my modification and placed the eye on a thirds intersection, as mentioned above. It had to be in the bottom left of the frame because of the configuration of your image.
I am not keen on the colour of your image, and so I turned it to black and white, then lifted the shadows to get a bit more detail underneath the eye, adjusted levels for extra contrast, and sharpened. I gave the eye lashes an extra bit of selective sharpening.
My second modification shows a slight vignette.

Black and white tends to show texture a lot better than colour and, since elephants are grey, it looks ok.

Pamela.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 7:52PM
Pretty well done. Good exposure and sharp. Possibly a little too much skin, even though that suites the title. Possibly a slight increase in the angle bringing the eye closer and larger.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2248 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2013 9:34AM
I've looked at this a couple of times. The interest is all in the left side of the frame; the right side doesn't really add much in terms of content because of the oblique angle on the eye, and the blank area of skin in the middle somehow numbs the impact of that eye. So I'm with Pamela regarding crop but I would crop a bit tighter. A square crop would place the eye better for my taste.

Oh and b&w definitely. I would aim for a fairly contrasty conversion. This is about light on shapes and textures.

Mod to follow.
Moira

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