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Safari Photo

When I got back from Tanzania, I was faced with a wonderful problem, a lot of photos. I have been through them several times, but there are not many files that I have completely thrown away at this point. I just want to be sure I’m not getting rid of something that I actually could edit in the future. Usually, I discard absolutely awful photos right away. Then I wait at least two months before throwing anything else out. I find this time helps me look more critically and objectively at the files I have. From this trip I have a lot of files with potential, like this one:

ISO 400 78mm f/18 1/125sec

It wasn’t good enough to make the cut for the book I had made of the trip. But I liked it. When I went to edit it this past week, the first thing I wanted to accentuate was the elephant that was looking at our vehicle. The crop helps with that. Then I applied a filter to help make the color and textures in the image pop a bit. Β At that point the one element that was bothering me still was the tusks, they were completely blown out and appeared smooth and almost white. In Lightroom, I applied the adjustment brush to just the tusks. Then on just those areas, I dropped the exposure. The image was a RAW file, so there was some detail information there and the tusks now appear more as they did in real life, textured and dusty. Β My final edit is below:

ISO 400 78mm f/18 1/125sec

This edit is, to me, a quintessential safari image. What do you think, do you like the edits? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to: A Photo A Week, Quintessential.

Picfair version is here.


36 thoughts on “Safari Photo

  1. I really like what you have done with the image. Looks well composed and nothing jarring. A lot of photos is a good problem. Usually I never discard the awful ones and keep every single one. For me each photo I take is a memory, a vantage of point of where I was standing and seeing, no matter how bad or blurry because years down the line, I might be reminded of the moment πŸ™‚


  2. marlene frankel says:

    Time does change the look of an image. When I first load my images I am looking through the eyes of a harsh critic. Leave the computer and when I return I see the bad and the good.

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  3. They’re always a great subject matter and what a privilege to see them in the wild. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes, you’ve done a good job. I agree with Mabel in principle but if I kept everything my laptop would crash! πŸ™‚


  4. This post is a good example of editing that makes the image a better reflection of the actual experience.  Those glaring white tusks in the original view of the young elephant would be OK in a still from a movie with a mashup of Dumbo and Dracula as the lead character.  I doubt that anybody on the safari saw them that way (or would want to see such a movie).

    The edited image is definitely a keeper.

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  5. syncwithdeep says:

    I love both the photos. The original is raw and the edit looks to me shades of a tamed elephant . Both are lovely.. I am learning photography.. So my comment would not really matter..


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