Photographer's Note

Saluting at the new year 2011 from Bandiagara, Mali.

We stayed at a small village on the Bandiagara Escarpment, where is situated about 80km east-southeast of Mopti.
A Dogon hunter of the village fired a salute for us in the morning, and the next moment there were enveloped in smoke.

This photo is most suitable for the New Year in my Africa's photos, i think, so tried to bring out an acceptable picture from a poor source image, concretely brought out blue of the sky through DxO Optics Pro 6, and then using Photoshop, broadly cropped out a part of the lens flare and made the Dogon hunter stand out.
I felt DxO is a superb tool to create a three-dimensional effect and rich taste like a film or full-body wine.

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