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Lens: SMC DA 55-300 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Zambia ISO: 500 Shutter Speed: 1/800s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: savoche, 01-26-2015, 12:36 PM

Found this picture from a few years back and thought it might work in black&white.

As the morning turned into a very hot day this kudu found it best to head for the shade, and the brightly lit vegetation made for a nicely contrasted scene. Without the tree this image wouldn't have been much of anything, though.



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01-26-2015, 12:42 PM   #2
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Without the tree this image wouldn't have been much of anything, though.

Outstanding--it really has a fairytale quality that your title (as well as toning) helps bring out. Agree that the tree adds a sense of timelessness, as well...hope it goes on the wall next to your wildebeest landscape I like so much.
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Impressive work!
01-26-2015, 01:26 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Yes, the coolness of "pure" b&w didn't match what I felt when I took the picture, so I added a bit of toning. Not too much, I hope.

Umm, and I'm not very good at getting my images printed...

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Nicely framed and composed. The toning works very well.
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That is a great picture. Lighting and composition are superb. One of those pictures, that I wish I had taken.


I note that you used the 55-300. A very good, useful lens, that is under rated by some, in my humble opinion.
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Excellent work, superb lighting and the tone really suits.
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Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

I am really happy with the 55-300. Most of the time I use this lens while hiking in the mountains at home, or, a few precious weeks every now and then, walking in the bush somewhere in Africa. This lens is just perfect for that - very small and light weight for a 300mm.

It could have been faster - f/5.8 isn't brilliant when light is failing. It definitely could have been quicker to focus, and less loud! Quick shift helps remedy that somewhat, though. And I'm sure it could have been sharper, too. Maybe. But as long as I almost always shoot handheld I'm not sure I would be able to see any difference. I have never had any reason to complain about the sharpness, even at 300/5.8.

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Gorgeous pic. The focus and DOF work beautifully to isolate the animal against the undergrowth.
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Great shot! Don't know what it is in color, but in Sepia it looks amazing!
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Gorgeous pic. The focus and DOF work beautifully to isolate the animal against the undergrowth.
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Great shot! Don't know what it is in color, but in Sepia it looks amazing!
Thanks, glad you like it

I thought it was OK in colour, but like it better in monochrome - brings out the contrasts between light and dark better.
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Excellent tonality. Works very well in monochrome. Thanks for sharing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Found this picture from a few years back and thought it might work in black&white.

As the morning turned into a very hot day this kudu found it best to head for the shade, and the brightly lit vegetation made for a nicely contrasted scene. Without the tree this image wouldn't have been much of anything, though.



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