Black-and-white wildlife photography

06 Dec 2014 23:25 - 07 Dec 2014 10:46 #2575 by onflipflops
onflipflops created the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
After the post of Bagheera and his black-and-white images in The-Other-Guys-thread, I thought it would be fun to create a thread specifically for B/W wildlife photography from Thailand.
I took a dive in my elephant photo archive and started converting some images to black-and-white in Photoshop by using adjustments black-and-white layers and playing with the various color channels.
The results might not beat the work of e.g. Nick Brandt ;), but still I was quite happy with what I got; images that sometimes were dull and unusable in color, turned out to be quite interesting in black and white. I also tried it with my avatar shot, and also prefer the B/W version over the color shot.

Please, feel free to try it yourself with your Thai wildlife shots and post your results in this thread.

Here is a selection of my results after spending an evening post-processing to B/W.
No captions needed, all are Asian Elephants and all images were shot in Khao Yai national park.
















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07 Dec 2014 10:04 #2578 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
Wow.. much better in B/W! :)
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07 Dec 2014 11:59 #2580 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
Thanks Rushen!
I forgot to add one more image to the initial post. One of an elephant in its jungle surroundings. Playing with the color channels gave it a bit of a infrared look.
I've added it now.

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08 Dec 2014 08:29 #2581 by Bagheera
Bagheera replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
Great shots, BW certainly works well on Elephants!
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18 Feb 2015 19:00 #2697 by pentagreen
pentagreen replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
Nice clicks, very well captured.
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19 Jun 2015 13:28 #2904 by roblgs
roblgs replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
What sort of time of day were the elephant shots taken... they're really impressive, and VERY well suited to B&W treatment...

I especially like the family groups

Cheers

Rob

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19 Jun 2015 19:01 #2907 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Black-and-white wildlife photography
Thanks Rob,

I don't remember the time of all these shots, though i think most of these shots are late afternoon, let's say 16:00 - 18:00
Apart from the two elephants in the open plain, it is all photographed along the road to Haew Narok waterfall.
It's all in Khao Yai national park.
The plain is at the foot of Khao Khieo mountain.

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