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An elephant at the Milwaukee County Zoo

An elephant at the Milwaukee County Zoo
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10 Comments |
nina050
 
nina050 February 28, 2019
Great shot and edit!
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Jmb299 March 01, 2019
Thanks Nina050
Normanthegr8 Platinum
 
Normanthegr8 February 28, 2019
Outstand Capture
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Jmb299 March 01, 2019
Thanks Normanthegr8
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh February 28, 2019
Great shot
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Jmb299 March 01, 2019
Thanks harmeetsingh
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose March 17, 2019
Beautiful work!
ni1972
 
ni1972 February 20, 2020
Absolutely gorgeous!
Rww7cu
 
Rww7cu February 20, 2020
This is a great shot, truly beautiful.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 November 13, 2020
What a superb shot. A beautiful portrait of an elephant.
NatureCoast Ultimate
 
NatureCoast December 27, 2020
Thank you for entering my Big Ears challenge and good luck!! Kathy
NatureCoast Ultimate
 
NatureCoast January 08, 2021
Congratulations as the winner of my Big Ears Challenge. This is a beautiful image of an elephant and a lovely piece of artwork. Gorgeous! Kathy
charterswilliamosborne Ultimate
 
charterswilliamosborne January 08, 2021
Beautiful capture superbly edited. Congratulations.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This image was created from one of my basic zoo photos that was taken at the Milwaukee County Zoo - Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Time

It was taken on a sunny, summer day, at high noon. Not the ideal time of day.

Lighting

The lighting in this image was pretty much basic.

Equipment

It was shot with an Olympus OMD1 mark 2. 40-150R lens.

Inspiration

I like the elephants and this one was fanning her ears out. I would wait until the ears were fully out and fire a bunch of shots off. Then she swung her trunk up to add more interest. It was not until I got home did I notice the placement of her front feet. It was the perfect pose, in my opinion.

Editing

It being a typical zoo photo there was a lot of 'zoo clutter' in the background that was very distracting. All the processing in the photo was done in Photoshop Elements 16. First I do the basic processing, setting highlights, shadows, clarity, exposure. After I get the subject to where I like it I bring in another background to remove the distracting clutter. Finally, I paint in specific areas of sharpening (on the trunk and front foot) to bring attention to these areas. I also add some burning to create more depth within the photo.

In my camera bag

I have 2 OMD1 bodies, the Mark2 and now the Mark3. I normally shoot with the 75-300mm, 40-150Rmm, and use the Zuiko 50mm for macro work.

Feedback

There are numerous websites where you can learn this technique. The website I learned this on is The Daily Texture. There are also many other places on YouTube that you can check out. I find it very rewarding to turn an other wise normal photo into a piece of art. It is also very addictive.

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