Image Doctor: Conversing Elephants
Photographer: Peter Higgins
Camera Type: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EFS 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Photographer's Comments: Taken at the Elephant Valley Project in Sen Monorom, Cambodia in Dec 2011.
Image doctor's advice
I like this photograph; it is an interesting profile shot and an interesting moment in time.
One thing is distracting for me though, and that is the green in the background. As much as I want to enjoy looking at the two elephants, my eyes keep getting drawn to the bright green. This is why in many instances colour can be a distracting element in a photograph.
The simple way to resolve this problem is to convert the photograph into black-and-white.
In the example below I have converted the photograph using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro. Aside from adding a warm tone to the image I have also used control points to keep the elephant in the foreground light and darkening the elephant in the background. I have also added “Structure” to the image to help enhance the lines on the elephant.
After making the black-and-white conversion I then used the Spot Healing Brush to remove any problems highlights in the photograph.
I think in this final version we get a feeling of empathy for the elephant in the foreground. Give this a go for yourself and see how you get on.
Image Doctor's edited version