A few posts ago, I talked about a great day at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Its a fantastic place to visit, but with large crowds and harsh midday light, photographing animals can be difficult. Maybe I’m just in an abstract mood lately, but I found a lot of interesting patterns in bird feathers, etc. One particular shot I liked was of a Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), which I’ve honestly never found to be a photogenic bird (at least not in captivity).
By underexposing the image by 1 2/3 stops, I was able to largely blacken the background, and introduce some contrast to the contours of the feathers. That allowed me to boost the vibrance and saturation a bit, giving an eye-popping splash of color to the Flamingo I’ve always struggled with.
Not only have I been in an abstract mood lately, I’ve also been in a black and white mood. Thus, I converted this to black and white as well, really cranking the red channel up to make it contrasty.
I like both of these a lot, for different reasons? Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!