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diane sutherland
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Hi Mike, great shot, i like the colour version. just so clear and mind boggling .. Well done, from your favourite fan

Deji Odetoyinbo
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The edited colour version is easily the best. It adds some punch to the original’s washed-out hues without stepping into the oversaturation zone.
The monochrome version is interesting. I think it does a decent job of enhancing the patterns on the giraffe’s hides but it flatters neither the clouds nor the trees.

Jen
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I like the work you did on the color image. Not only is the sky more expressive, but the Oxpeckers stand out against the giraffes. I also think the black and white conversion might work better if you cropped out the foreground and the sky – in black and white the sky looks rather foreboding. And if you happen to have Silver Efex for B & W conversion, the coffee colored filter might look really nice here.

Elaine Randolph
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The color altered reduced thr shadows and enhaned the washed out sky caused by the cloudy overcast, but it’s a bit overdone making it slightly surreal. Maybe a little less.

Susan
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You are presenting a captivating perspective … “It was interesting to FEEL how the image altered my mood in each edit.” I so agree, I too have a different feeling from each image. You put into words some of the same things I went through in editing my own Londolozi photos … or not. The greyscale in this case does look a little too complex, and to my eye the clouds detract from the simple grace and beauty of the giraffes. The colors are lovely and vibrant in the middle photo, the clouds magnificent, and to most probably the outstanding presentation. For me, the first image “hits home” … capturing the heart of Londolozi, and it’s magnificent creatures. Thank you for sharing a phenomenal capture!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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I agreed that the b+w version is too busy; the giraffe don’t pop, yet they should be the ‘main event,’ not the sky. Love the color-engraved version!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Oops! Color-enhanced!

Arden Zalman
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Hi Mike–Like the edited color picture–but the black & white has a mystical quality to it that is present in Londolozi waiting to be discovered–as you did. Great work!

Blake Balcomb
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Great post and photographs-nicely done! The black & white version looks great. The photograph leads you to start at the cloud formation, which in B&W really conveys a lot of emotion-almost storm like. It also reminds one of old yesteryear B&W photographs that depict the clouds with similar mood. From the clouds and sky your gaze then focuses on the three giraffe. Particularly the sunlight on their necks and hind are richly highlighted in B&W. The texture of the spoor laden muddy ground is also accentuated. Also, if you look again at the giraffe in the B&W photo, one can imagine as though the three giraffe could be one giraffe. What I mean by this; is if you take three consecutive photos of one giraffe drinking water, you would get the action of the giraffe going from first position(giraffe drinking in your photo Mike), second position of coming up from drinking(middle giraffe in your photo)-it seems she was startled or nervous and decided to come up, and finally the last position of the giraffe upright and observing its surroundings (back giraffe looking away from you in your photo) checking out if nothing is lurking in the bushes. If that makes sense?
The color version is also great! Rich tones! The color edit definitely gives some depth to the original photo. And you kept the tails in the photograph! An A+ of a photo!
Great post, keep up the good work!

Ian MacLarty
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Hi Mike, I agree with you that the B&W version does not hit the spot. The sky is dramatic but the rest does not work for me. I liked the colour version but felt that the sky was too blue for the time of day which I judge from the original is latish in the afternoon. Maybe half way between the original and the edit?? A very interesting study. Thanks. Ian

MJ
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I loved the B&W.. I see the picture a lot like Blake does.. but I didn’t pick up on the idea that it could represent one giraffe.. I love the vibrant storm clouds and feel they just add drama to the photo..
I did like the color version also but my favorite was the black & white

Thanks for sharing

Carolyn Roth
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What did you do to enhance the clouds in the second photo?

Ed Hubbard
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I think the B&W washes out too much. The middle pic would be my favorite because the colors are a bit darker, but much richer. I frequently feel my eyes see richer color than my camera can capture, and to compensate I have started intentionally under exposing many of my shots. I tend to work at the lower limits of ISO which give better color and sharper images. great for non-moving targets, but not so good trying to catch a bird in flight, or a Cheetah doing 80 mph.

Leslie Backus
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I love the b/w image. It has a heavenly feeling to it.

Powerweave Studio
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I also like the color version most.

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