This photo was taken last month in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya, and finished in Photoshop to resemble an oil painting.
These two elephants, one caressing the other’s head with its trunk, seem to be expressing clear camaraderie if not outright affection. Which has prompted me to track down two books, When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, and the newly published Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. Reading for a very wet weekend here on the farm.
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Most all of us grew up with the Russian spelling, “Kiev,” but in solidarity with a Ukraine under fire, let us recognize that “Kyiv” is how it’s spelled in Ukrainian, and use that spelling. Here we have a service at St. Michael’s Cathedral, on a hill above the Maidan, in March, 2013. In Photoshop, I’ve tried to make it look like an old oil painting. Click it to enlarge.
Here, after re-exposing a single RAW photo several times in Adobe Bridge and re-combining them in Photomatix Pro, we're using a Nik Software duplex filter and lots of layers and masks in Photoshop CS5. Shot with a Nikon D-700. Click it to make it quite a bit bigger, and see more HDRs here, and more from Canada here.