Hi guys – quick one from me.
Photos tell stories. Stories capture our imagination. Our imagination takes us places we only wish to ever see physically.
Your photo can tell a story in many ways – composition being a key ingredient here. All the technical details also come into play – your choice of aperture and shutter speed…and lastly your choice of processing.
I present to you a photo taken on our Great Migration photo safari (if you haven’t yet, make sure you read my recently posted trip reports about this one).
We encountered some Masai Giraffe under a brewing thunderstorm close to our camp as we left on our game drive one afternoon. They were obliging and posed quite nicely for us.
Here’s my colour vision for this scene – pretty much how it looked to the naked eye I would say.
Nice pose, eh?
Nice backdrop of the Oloololo Escarpment. Nice clouds. That’s about the kind of comment I would expect if I were to share this one somewhere online.
Then I went for a monochrome conversion.
I love me some monochrome but it’s been a painstaking process to learn WHEN to use it and, just as important HOW to use it.
Conversion to monochrome is not just a simple boom-click-bang-save process.
It takes a lot of TLC sometimes, and it requires you to attune your eye and mind to rid itself of colour conventions and limitations. If you’ve been intrigued by the new Masterclass offerings on the Wild Eye website, then keep your eyes peeled for my Monochrome Masterclass to be announced soon.
In converting this photo to the monochrome vision I had when I shot it, I went for an infra-red feel.
One of my next photographic goals is to obtain an infra-red converted camera which shoots infra-red natively! What does this photo convey to you NOW?
I would expect to receive some better feedback on this image than just “nice shot”…
Feel free to add your thoughts on these two images in the comments below!
Until I write to you again, keep practicing those monochrome conversions…
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