Young orangutan

Youngsters

Selection of photos made in the Apenheul. I think wednesday was my last visit of 2018. Again I loved every minute of it. The weather was amazing. Not to many visitors. Perfect! My photos weren’t all the way I hope they would be. Especially shoting the orangutan I thought: why don’t I have a better lens, more zoom?! I hope I will ne able to buy one before next spring/summer. Who knows? I might have to try and buy a winning lottery ticked. Any tips for that? 😛

Not all photos were shot yesterday. All are young monkeys/primates in the Apenheul.

 

Young Javan lutung
Young Javan lutung

 

 

 

Young ring-tailed lemur
Young ring-tailed lemur

 

 

 

Young bonobo with funny face
Young bonobo with funny face

 

 

 

Young orangutan
Young orangutan

 

 

 

Young gorilla showing off
Young gorilla showing off

 

 

 

Young black-capped squirrel monkey
Young black-capped squirrel monkey

 

 

Gorilla’s on black

Selection of gorilla photos I made in recent years in several zoos, all edited in monochrome and on a black background.

 

 

Young gorilla in the Apenheul
Young gorilla in the Apenheul

 

 

 

Gorilla in Burgers Zoo
Gorilla in Burgers Zoo

 

 

 

Young gorilla in the Apenheul
Young gorilla in the Apenheul

 

 

 

Gorilla lady in the Apenheul
Gorilla lady in the Apenheul

 

 

 

Gorilla in Burgers Zoo
Gorilla in Burgers Zoo

 

 

 

Gorilla with twins in Burgers Zoo
Gorilla with twins in Burgers Zoo

 

 

Asian elephant

Elephants in Planckendael

Yesterday I was in Planckendael with a photography friend, a zoo near Mechelen in Belgium. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed it a lot. What is special, is that the animals are very spacious housed. The elephants also have a lot of space. You can see that they enjoy the water. A beautiful sight. There are 8 elephants of which two adorable little ones. So beautiful to look at. I share a number of photos that I have made.

The first thing I saw was how the elephants enjoy the water. The water is deep and they can be completely covered. There is also a lot of space in the water. The little ones are fully in it too.

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

One of the two little ones in action.

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

Of course, there has to be a short chat over the wall with the neighbor. The young man lives in a “room” next to the ladies with their young.

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

Underwater swimming is of course a lot easier with such a built-in snorkel: P

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

There also a lot of sand-throwing. I also made a lot of photos of that. Timing is very important here, because one time you do not see sand and the other time the elephant has disappeared 🙂

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

Unfortunately, I was not satisfied with any of the “sand-throwing” photos. The ladies were not to blame for that, they did their best to be a good model. See here the perfect pose, so …..

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

Here comes one of the mothers with her child. Wonderful sight!

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

I don’t like the wall as a background. Therefore I’m also sharing a composite with a different background.

 

Asian elephant
Asian elephant

 

 

 

Toucan

The news paper

Had to try something new with my photos and Photoshop. It was a time-consuming search. 3 photos in this blog. I wanted more, but I did not succeed. Why that is, you can read below.

The idea was to do something digital with newspapers. It seemed a nice idea to me and I thought it would not be that difficult. The first image went well. I had help from an action in Photoshop: Newspaper art

You can download this action here: Download A video with explanation can be found here: Link

Coincidentally, I took this photo of a toucan first. A photo that I took in December in Avifauna. I thought it was a nice result. Let’s try another photo …. And that’s where I got stuck. I did not get a result with any other photo that I liked. I think that is caused by the clors and the hair/feathers. There is too much structure, which makes the result too vague. It will probably go better with human portraits. But that is not my thing 😛

Titel: Toucan

 

Toucan
Toucan

 

Time to try something else. I found inspiration and the technique in this video: Video of Phlearn. To achieve the following result, I spent hours editing and searching. Partly because I am a hair-splitter and stubborn and because also for this technique an animal photo is not ideal. A man with a beard and glasses is edited in the video. Great contrasts and color differences. You will have clear forms and a recognizable face without much effort. My chimpanzee is completely dark colored. As a result, the system with the filter gallery did not work. The face of Vakanga became a uniform color with two nostrils and two eyes. No further shapes. So I used another technique. This technique: Video with explanation about the stencil effect in Photoshop. After a lot of trying and tinkering with contrast etc., I had the basis with folders in Photoshop, in which I had to paste the newspapers. And then I came up with something else.

My portrait had to get a link with nature conservation and with one of my heroes in this world Jane Goodall. Then you have a new challenge. Finding suitable images of newspapers to use is not easy. Certainly not if it also has to be connected with nature conservation and Jane Goodall. After a lot of searching, I opted for a compromise. There are a few pieces with Jane and some neutral newspapers that are not about war and other misery. I wanted positive images. There are 3 photos of Jane. See if you see them 🙂

Here below the result. Title: Vakanga..

Vakanga is a chimpanzee lady I photographed with her son in Osnabrück Zoo a few weeks ago. I am still not sure about this image. I might try again.

 

Vakanga
Vakanga

 

Finally, an image with a technique that works with animals. Something that I shared earlier. New is the use of this snowy owl. A photo that I made two years ago in ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen. Extra this time: text. I have not found beautiful texts on newspapers. That’s why I used a page from a book and music paper.

My sons and I were huge fans of Harry Potter. They grew up with the stories and films. We have seen all the films together. Beautiful memories. Therefore the link to the snowy owl of Harry Potter.

Title: Hedwig

 

Hedwig
Hedwig

 

 

 

Cover

Poke the bear

Playing with Photoshop and a picture of a brown bear taken in Dierenpark Amersfoort. This gray old bear looks very dangerous. I don’t exactly know what he was doing. But for a long time he he looked at the public like this. Of course I only had one reaction: click!

A nice photo to play with and use actions. I share 5 and more or less indicate how / with what I did the editing.

Photo 1. A natural edit of the original photo, edited in Lightroom, Photoshop and Color Efex Pro (NIK collection).

 

Brown bear
Brown bear

 

Photo 2. A monochrome edit to sepia, edited in Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro (NIK collection).

 

Brown bear
Brown bear

 

Photo 3. A photo edited in Photoshop with an automated action: Grunge Photoshop Action. Beforehand I changed the background of the photo to one more colorful. This action works best when there is more color in it. After performing this action you have to edit and puzzle, to make sure it looks beautiful.

Do you want to try it yourself with a photo. That can also be a picture of a person or something else, then you can download the action here for free: ACTION

In this video you get examples and explanation how it works: VIDEO

Something that you do not see in the video is that you have to have the language settings of Photoshop on English. Otherwise it does not work.

 

Brown bear
Brown bear

 

Photo 4. An edit to a black background. This one fits in my On-Black series.

 

Brown bear
Brown bear

 

Photo 5. A photo edited in Photoshop with an automated action: Hand Drawn Photoshop Action. After performing this action you have to edit and puzzle, to make sure it looks beautiful.

Do you want to try it yourself with a photo. That can also be a picture of a person or something else, then you can download the action here for free: ACTION

In this video you get examples and explanation how it works: VIDEO

Something that you do not see in the video is that you have to have the language settings of Photoshop on English. Otherwise it does not work.

 

Brown bear
Brown bear