A Pair of Pachyderms (Mother & Nine-Month Son

© Stephen D. Swihart

A Pair of Pachyderms (Mother & Nine-Month Son

Uploaded: August 02, 2006


PSE Procedure: meticulously remove from the photo everything but the elephants with the black paintbrush, use levels, saturation, sharpening, accent edges, and cloning. With the nik Color Efex Pro 2 filters, adjust sunlight, brilliance and warmth. Create a moon wth a FlamingPear plug-in. Tint the moon with a bronze color to compliment the elephants. Expand the canvas and add a flood. Nothing to it . . . then again . . .


Denise M. Snyder August 02, 2006

Sounds like a LOT of work, but well worth the effort! This is just gorgeous! #495846

Manuel Barrera August 02, 2006

Lots of work but the results speak for themselves. #3114865

Judy A. Lawhon August 02, 2006

Very nice work, Stephen. Must have taken quite awhile to get this beautiful photo! #3114866

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe August 02, 2006

Your hard work paid off; great job! Jeff #3114926

Jennifer Funnell August 02, 2006

Wow, these are so well done. All that work paid off! #3115197

Milan Banik August 02, 2006

superb creation! #3115488

Skyy McKendry August 02, 2006

Amazing, Stephen! You should sell this as a poster - I'd more than one. #3115876

Jim [popeyes©] Naso August 02, 2006

Wonderful creation. #3116483

August 03, 2006

Wow Stephen a lot of work certainly went into this one, it's a superb image, well done.

Joe #3118425

Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay) August 12, 2006

Beautiful and very inspiring image.Great work. #3156948

Barbara Waldoch level-classic September 26, 2006

Congratulations, Stephen! #3368207

Sharon King September 26, 2006

This is Beautiful, love your gallery, congrats on your finalist. #3368394

Datha Y. Thompson September 26, 2006


Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 26, 2006

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3369199

Stephen D. Swihart September 27, 2006

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are very kind. And your comments are deeply appreciated. Best to the each of you! Steve #3371136

bob cornelison September 28, 2006

Excellent results! That is all that matters. I believe in the final product not how it got there.
~:O) #3380234

Mary Timman February 16, 2007

Gorgeous image you have made here. Excellent PS work.
Thanks for the nice e-mail, but exactly what are these Color Effex filters? am looking around your beautiful gallery for more examples, but had to stop here and let you know how much I love this one. #3953791

March 02, 2007

These elephant images are truly amazing. Great work. #4015991

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic December 20, 2009

This image is so Beautiful. Wonderful Work Stephen. #8234538

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