Sketch of the day: Prowling lioness

Prowling lioness sketch

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Animal photography with added Flare

White-Cheeked Gibbon

White-Cheeked Gibbon

Meerkat

Meerkat

Oriental Small-Clawed Otter

Oriental Small-Clawed Otter

I recently purchased a copy of the Mac App Flare – a great little program, which through the use of photographic effects and filters allows you to easily apply a range of stylistic alterations to your imported images, and then save those setting combinations as a collective preset. Any of the existing application presets can also be altered or added to, plus there’s a growing community of people creating and sharing their own presets via the web community – neat!

I’ve selected some of my recent photographs taken at the Adelaide Zoo, and after checking out options, have happily added a bit of life into a number of images that needed a little spark. It’s a lot like my familiar Photoshop process for editing and enhancing images, just handily assembled all within one easy to use interface, with a variety of options just one click away. Many of the rather funky effects that are available don’t work for these types of images, but there are a lot of visually bold directions to take your photo in, if you wish to do so.

Enjoy the pics!

Siamang

Siamang

Brazilian Tapir

Brazilian Tapir

Giraffe

Giraffe

Barbary Sheep

Barbary Sheep

baby White-Cheeked Gibbon

baby White-Cheeked Gibbon

Sketch of the day: Southeast Asian siamang gibbon

siamang gibbon

A siamang gibbon eating at the Adelaide Zoo. An oil pastel sketch completed on textured Canson paper.

These tree-dwelling gibbons are a threatened species, facing severe habitat loss in Malaysia and Sumatra due to the palm oil industry, illegal logging, human encroachment, forest fire, poaching and hunting. The siamang possess a large throat sac which allows them to make very loud and distinctive calls – check out this BBC Nature site if you’ve not seen or heard these amazing performances.