2016-03-10: WPC Harmony

A warm sunny day, brilliant blue skies, lush green grasses and trees.  And an elephant.  Of course there’s an elephant. 🙂

My take on nature working in perfect, beautiful harmony.  And a reminder of a wonderfully happy day.

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Have a great day!

WPC: Harmony

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: SMALL SUBJECTS

I had fun going through my archives for photos that would fit this challenge, as I was able to select ones that may not have ever been worked on otherwise.

I hope you enjoy, have a great evening.

A grey heron takes a pause atop a group of hippo.
A grey heron takes a pause atop a group of hippo. Timbavati Reserve, South Africa, May 2015. 1/200sec, f8.0, ISO 640
A pair of pygmy kingfishers are small no matter how you look at them.
A pair of pygmy kingfishers are small no matter how you look at them. Chitwa Chitwa Lodge, May 2015. 1/1250sec, f5.6, ISO220
A woodland kingfisher is dwarfed by the buffalo weaver nest he is sitting next to.
A woodland kingfisher is dwarfed by the buffalo weaver nest he is sitting next to. Chitwa Chitwa Lodge, May 2015 1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 560
Some of the large animals in the world look tiny when viewed in the vastness of the Okavango Delta by air.
Some of the largest animals in the world look tiny when viewed in the vastness of the Okavango Delta by air.  How many animals can you spot? Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta, April 2015 1/1250sec, f9.0, ISO 1100

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: SMALL SUBJECTS

Young elephant at the Chobe Rover

A young elephant drinks from the Chobe River in Botswana, under the protective shadow of her mother.  This little one had already lost her tail; whether it was missing at birth, or lost in an attack by a predator, only she knows.   It was amazing to spend time watching elephants; the antics of the little ones in the river brought us so much joy. 1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO560
A young elephant drinks from the Chobe River in Botswana, under the protective shadow of her mother. This little one had already lost her tail; whether it was missing at birth, or lost in an attack by a predator, only she knows.
It was amazing to spend time watching elephants; the antics of the little ones in the river brought us so much joy.
1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO560

Elephants at Chobe

I decided to go back and re-edit some old photos, as I wasn’t inspired to get out and shoot this weekend. Here is a photo taken at Chobe Park in Botswana while on a boat tour.  I see lots of possibilities for editing it.

Base image, with only basic Lightroom  adjustments for chromatic aberration and lens profile correction.  1/250Sec, f10, ISO100 April 8, 2013 at Chobe Park, Botswana
Base image, with only basic Lightroom adjustments for chromatic aberration and lens profile correction.
1/250Sec, f10, ISO100
April 8, 2013 at Chobe Park, Botswana

To me, the elephant at the far left of the photo looked out of place.  I cropped it out, and edited the photo with Colour Efex adding a polarizing filter effect.

Edited with Colour Efex Pro

Edited with Colour Efex Pro
Edited with Colour Efex Pro
Edited with Colour Efex Pro

For the edit above, I used the same polarizing filter effect, but cropped in just to focus on the elephants crossing their trunks.

Edited with Silver Efex Pro
Edited with Silver Efex Pro

Finally, I did a black and white conversion with Silver Efex Pro, on a cropped version of the photo showing several elephants with their tusks in alignment.  I added in vignetting and a border to help obscure the elephant far right that was heading out of the water.

Thanks to my landscape photography instructor Jim for reminding us to always look for the picture within a picture. 🙂