Friday, September 7, 2012

I Always Wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer

frequently, for lack of a better word, get "accused of being in publications that I have never been in. This is image is the one I am frequently been told was there favorite National Geographic cover. I have always wanted to be a National
Geographic photographer....

Again the story behind the image is different than the image portrays. I was at a used camel lot (I'm not making that up) photographing camels. I saw this man I looked at him, held my camera up which is the universal sign for "can I take a picture of you?" he waved is hand in a "no" gesture. As I turned away a large male camel and I were face to face. The Male camel was in "ready to rut" mode and proceeded to slime me with the foulest smelling slime/goo/slobber/goo I have had the misfortune to ever smell. Let alone be coated with. Apparently female camels find this 'scent" attractive. This was the Bedouin who had just turned me down for a photograph's camel who has now just confused me for a girl camel.e rushes over shoos the horny beast away and looks at me now covered in camel goo, which is dripping off my nose, glasses, camera. Trying to stifle a laugh, he gives me a nod that is now "ok" to take his picture. This is tat picture. I had to be hosed down from head to toe before I could get back on the bus.

This image was captured during my American Photo Mentor Trek workshop to Egypt. with a Nikon D2x camera at 200iso with a 70-210 mm VR II lens using the Nikon electronic file format (.Nef) Shot on Lexar 16 gigabyte Flash media.
File was post processed using capture NX software. All additional post work was done in Photoshop CS2 using NiK Color Efex Pr 3 plugins.

Final file is stored and scaled using Genuine Fractals.

© Vincent Versace 2012

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