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Eye of the Zebra

Eye of the Zebra
Información de la foto
Copyright: Erwin Kruger (somjit) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 46] (295)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2008-01-20
Cámara: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Exposición: f/6.3, 1/320 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
Fecha enviada: 2008-02-23 0:09
Vista: 3699
Puntos: 10
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Taken in the Umfolozi Game Reserve,KwaZulu Natal,South Africa.Whwn europeans settled in South Africa they found large herds of zebras,which they slaughtered for hides and meat.Hunting and habitat destruction caused the extinction of the Quagga and the Burchells zebra.

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Hola Erwin.
Magnífico trabajo y detalles ¡vaya reflejos!
Un cordial saludo, JL.

great photo and a short but informative note.
Its such a pity that our ancestors could not have known what we now know about the importance of every species in the circle of life and the part it plays in our planets evolution.
That said, humans still slaughter wildlife and so many species are on the brink due to our crazy mismanagement of our environment.
So many many species destroyed and disrupted to facilitate just one.



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-24 16:34]

A zebra with a car in his eye!! And is that you in the eye Erwin, or are you closer to the zebra?
That is so sad to hear how these other zebra breeds have been wiped out. Man has a lot to answer for.
TFS - thanks for sharing

Hi Erwin

What a remarkable shot. This poor animal must have had a terrible pain in its eye. Not only is there a hair sticking into its eye, but there is also a car parked there (chuckle). I cannot recall ever seeing such a perfect reflection of the photographer and his automobile in the eye of any wild animal. Great stuff. Actually it is rather funny to think about it, a photo of a plains zebra showing the plains environment in its eye.

Now, put on your safety belt and ride this one out. I sincerely hope you accept this as positive critique and an attempt to assist you with some PP (Post Processing) work. While the scene is amazing I think the photo could be improved considerably as far as the processing are concerned. It is a pity that I have to work with the file I downloaded from TrekNature as I am convinced I would be able to go a long way further with the original photo. I have however prepared a workshop and you should be able to follow all my steps and hopefully arrive at the same outcome. Again, please do not see this as negative criticism as I am very impressed with the shot.

The overall bluish tone is probably due to the typical Zululand early morning light, but I think you could have overcome that with an appropriate white balance adjustment. However, this can be addressed with a "Warming Filter" in the PP process. There are areas where the contrasts were too great i.e. OE (over exposed) in some areas and UE (under exposed) in other areas. This can be addressed with the "Levels" adjustment and also with the "Shadows/Highlight" tool in PhotoShop CS2. The colour is slightly dull and could be addressed with the "Saturation" adjustment and finally the details are slightly unsharp and for this I've applied a liberal helping of the "USM" (UnSharp Mask) filter.

I hope you don't mind the workshop and pardon me for applying my own personal view to it.

Anyway, you've done quite well and TFS.

Nice shot! I like the innovatibe idea. I wud have liked more if the reflection was of something natural,..like tree, animal, etc,.. anyways,... great shot.

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