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Post by davechinn » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:34 am

The name “orangutan” literally translates into English as “person of the forest”. It comes from Malay and Bahasa Indonesian orang (person) and hutan (forest). ... Orangutans are large, but in general they are quite gentle. Adult males can be aggressive, but for the most part they keep to themselves.

Usually photos of animals in general are much more pleasing to view in color. I have experimented with B&W conversions of zoo animals in the past with results that are pleasing to me. Others may not think so, and I'll be the first to admit ( at least to myself) if it's appropriate to convert. Out of experimentation, conversion seemed to work with the 'Orangutan'. If not I always have the color to fall back on. Your thoughts on this matter or with anything concerning improvements would be appreciated.
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Post by Psjunkie » Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:56 am

I could only suggest some eye work....wonderful shot and captures the gentleness

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Post by minniev » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:27 pm

davechinn wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:34 am
The name “orangutan” literally translates into English as “person of the forest”. It comes from Malay and Bahasa Indonesian orang (person) and hutan (forest). ... Orangutans are large, but in general they are quite gentle. Adult males can be aggressive, but for the most part they keep to themselves.

Usually photos of animals in general are much more pleasing to view in color. I have experimented with B&W conversions of zoo animals in the past with results that are pleasing to me. Others may not think so, and I'll be the first to admit ( at least to myself) if it's appropriate to convert. Out of experimentation, conversion seemed to work with the 'Orangutan'. If not I always have the color to fall back on. Your thoughts on this matter or with anything concerning improvements would be appreciated.
Wonderful portrait, full of detail and with lots of personality and expression in the face. I agree with your decision to convert. Some of the most powerful animal portraits I’ve seen are in monochrome with significant contrast and considerable shadow. I have one on my wall, a portrait of two elephants. Animal photos that include a lot of background and environmental context might lose something in conversion to black and white, but for me, animals, like humans, can benefit from the simplicity and drama of monochrome.
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Post by davechinn » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:02 pm

minniev wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:27 pm
davechinn wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:34 am
The name “orangutan” literally translates into English as “person of the forest”. It comes from Malay and Bahasa Indonesian orang (person) and hutan (forest). ... Orangutans are large, but in general they are quite gentle. Adult males can be aggressive, but for the most part they keep to themselves.

Usually photos of animals in general are much more pleasing to view in color. I have experimented with B&W conversions of zoo animals in the past with results that are pleasing to me. Others may not think so, and I'll be the first to admit ( at least to myself) if it's appropriate to convert. Out of experimentation, conversion seemed to work with the 'Orangutan'. If not I always have the color to fall back on. Your thoughts on this matter or with anything concerning improvements would be appreciated.
Wonderful portrait, full of detail and with lots of personality and expression in the face. I agree with your decision to convert. Some of the most powerful animal portraits I’ve seen are in monochrome with significant contrast and considerable shadow. I have one on my wall, a portrait of two elephants. Animal photos that include a lot of background and environmental context might lose something in conversion to black and white, but for me, animals, like humans, can benefit from the simplicity and drama of monochrome.

Thank you Minnie !!! Some animal B&W conversions just don't have an attractive appeal, but those that do .... MY are they outstanding and full of drama. I'd love to see your two elephant portraits.
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