Portrait of a Zebra

zebra photograph

Yes, I had a really hard time coming up with a name for this photograph. But at least it’s descriptive.

This photo has always been a good seller for us at the art and craft shows that we’ve done in the past few years. People often ask us if we’ve been on a safari after they’ve seen this photo. And the short answer is “no.” This zebra was a resident of a zoo, and I managed to get his interest which is why his ears are up. As one show visitor said to me, all she could ever get were photos of the zebra’s butt. Oh, well.

I have both color and black-and-white versions of this photograph. In the color version of the photograph, which is the original, the zebra is actually not totally black-and-white. The hair inside of his ears is a yellow-ish brown, and his muzzle is dark chocolatey brown. The long hairs on his mane where it meets the whithers (where the neck joins the body) is almost reddish-brown. These are the animal’s natural colors; he hasn’t been “photoshopped” here.

This image was taken with a Nikon FE2 manual camera using Kodak E100 film. The slide was scanned in and minor editing done: i.e., spot removal and clean-up. The black-and-white version of this photograph was obtained by changing the color image to grayscale in Photoshop and making some small adjustments to the contrast.

Both versions of this image will be offered on the Tangent Graphics website.

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