Yet another vote for the vibrant version. It's just about the right
amount too, neatly avoiding the "dial it to 11" inclination.

And it's a fine, dramatic image too.


On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 4:44 AM, Larry Colen <l...@red4est.com> 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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