365-329 How much is that zebra?

When I see a zebra in the window of an urban store, I’m thinking “hmm, there’s a picture.” Unfortunately when a zebra is in the window, it probably isn’t alive. It wasn’t. The store ended up being a soon to be opened taxidermy shop. Lots of cool animals “hanging around” but the reflections and glare on the windows made it difficult to shoot anything (photographically, since the actual “shooting” has already taken place), so I had to close crop on details to eliminate the reflections of the street. I went for the abstract instead.

I chose the black and white for my 365 because I haven’t done any B&W in a few days. Using Nik Silver Efex for the conversion I did a little dodging and burning and then pumped up the contrast to enhance the…well, black and white. For the color shot, I added multiple layers of Topaz with enhanced grain for an even more surreal look.  Pentax K20D, DA18-135.

Out of Africa

© David Guidas

  One thought on “365-329 How much is that zebra?

  1. November 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Haha even though the zebra was fake, these are really pretty photos! The second one has great colors 🙂

  2. Roselinde
    November 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

    The first photo really speaks to me. Great shot!

  3. November 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I do like the B&W–sometimes details seem to pop in them. He does look real!

  4. November 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Wow! That first shot of the zebra is Amazing!!

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