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Old Mar 20, 2010, 5:16 PM   #1
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Default Something a little different.

Usually I don't like to tone-map or HDR living things. But I had a few shots of some elephants from the zoo and wondered if their textured skin would come out ok using a single shot RAW tonemapping. well anyways, here is what the result was, with the original, unedited RAW.

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 7:13 PM   #2
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It's the first picture which pops out surely. Still, I'd select the elephant and decrease the saturation of the background to make it plainer so as to accentuate the subject.

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 7:25 PM   #3
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thanks Bahadir.

I was thinking much the same, also not sharpening the background. but i just posted the original HDR first. something more like this probably

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I like the 2nd hdr better. The back ground does not distract from the subject
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Good example of why I love HDR.
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I have to agree, the second one looks better. The background does not distract from the elephant but nature allows the majority of animals to blend in with there enviroment...
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thanks guys.

the little bit of selective sharpening and desaturating the background really gives this a 3-d feel when i look at it.
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