This image is an example image where my idea for how to post process the image changed from the time I captured it to the when I decided to seriously work on it. I took this frame at around 12:30pm on an all-day game drive in the south Serengeti. As you can imagine, the sun was out in full force and so the lighting was harsh. However, a game drive tends to be a lot of "opportunity photography" and if you just keep waiting for everything to come together, you'll miss out. I chose to frame the image with 5 elephants (rule of odds) and wanted to keep the elephants in the lower portion with hills in the middle and clouds in the top. My original vision was still for a black & white but I had planned on playing around with the color mixing to really darken the skies and get pseudo-IR look. I did this right in the field with Lightroom and left it that way, not all that pleased with the results (this was pre-Silver Efex Pro days). That was over 2 years ago and recently I dug this image up again and decided to start from scratch on the black & white conversion this time with Silver Efex Pro. I actually ended up preferring the conversion here where the sky is left bright but with the elephants popping out against the grass. I was happy enough with the results to do a test print and was even happier to see that it comes out *very* well even when printed large.
Elephants on the Serengeti
Elephants on the Serengeti - 1D4, 70-200 @ 123mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 200
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