One elephant trunk becomes two trunks in this Photoshopped falsehood photo of a “Trunk Club Meeting.” I spent an hour photographing five elephants bathing in a lake, but it was a bright day, and the elephants didn’t really cooperate. But I got some good trunk photos out of it.

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Sigma 150-600mm
600 mm
f/8
320 ISO

Two very similar photos

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure lowered
  • Contrast raised
  • Highlights and blacks lowered
  • Shadows and whites raised
  • Clarity, vibrance and saturation raised

 

Photoshopped

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  • One photo flipped then masked into each other
  • Use burn and dodge to change the lighting on one trunk
  • Puppet-Warped one trunk to look different then the other

 

Lightroomed

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  • Post-crop vignette added to try to milk some interest out of this photo.

 

 

I like to think that there were two elephants making-out underneath, trying to get some privacy from weird-middle-aged-ginger-photographing-tourists.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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I never know when I am done in Photoshop. The nice thing about “A Photo A Day” is you are forced to move on. I think I went to far on this one, but its hot out today, and I’m avoiding cleaning my studio. Does anyone know hot to get ferrofluid and paint off a ceiling fan?