I much prefer the more vibrant image. Your original version is kinda blah - a 
technical term meaning ho hum.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Paul Stenquist <pnstenqu...@mac.com>
>Subject: Re: Which version works best?
>They're both nice shots, but I prefer the more vibrant one. It's more 
>interesting and the pronounced yellow is more pleasing to my eye.
>Paul via phone
>> On 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.
>> -- 
>> Larry Colen  l...@red4est.com (postbox on min4est) http://red4est.com/lrc

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