Another vote for the vibrant version. 

- Marco 

> On Sep 22, 2016, at 4:51 AM, Brian Walters <supera1...@fastmail.fm> wrote:
> 
> I agree with Paul.  The more vibrant version is more interesting.  The
> colour in the first version is a bit too subtle to my eye.
> 
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Brian
> 
>> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016, at 06:44 PM, Larry Colen wrote:
>> A friend sent me a note that she really wanted a print of one of my 
>> snake and skull photos for her daughter, so I worked it up and sent her 
>> a copy of the file to print:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/29744792311/in/album-72157674075743956/
>> 
>> She thanked me, and without my asking for it, sent me some money, which 
>> was appreciated.  She also mentioned that the unemployed graphic artist 
>> she had sitting around the house had "punched it up" a bit at her 
>> request by using levels.  I could see the aesthetics in what they were 
>> going for, but felt that with the proper tools (lightroom adjustment 
>> brush used on the raw file) it could be done a bit better.
>> 
>> This is my version post "making the snake pop more"
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/29222522194/in/album-72157674075743956/
>> 
>> in short, I boosted the saturation and a little color balance on the 
>> stripes, and decreased the saturation and tonality of the skull, and 
>> deepened some of the shadows a bit.
>> 
>> I'd appreciate some critique comparing the two versions, which works, or 
>> not, and why.
>> 
>> FWIW, my goal was to make the colors of the snake pop more, but still 
>> have things look reasonably realistic, if not perfectly accurate.
>> 
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