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#1 mechonx

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 08:14 AM

I took these pictures in Chichiriviche de la costa, Venezuela.

 
Thank you very much for your opinions and advice.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:25 AM

Hi mechonx

 

Tricky subjects so you did well. Nice job.

 

A couple of suggestions for a little post-shooting which might make them even better.

 

The shot of the banded coral shrimp: the squirrelfish in the bottom of the image is quite distracting. I'd suggest a re-crop to cut them out; and then crop the photo right down so that it covers from the tip of the longest feeler of the shrimp up to the top of the pic. The shrimp well then pretty much fill the space and the eye (which is nice and sharp!) will sit pretty well in where a "line of thirds" intersects.

 

On the Pedersen cleaner shrimp:  I'd re-orientate to a vertical and then crop down what is currently the right hand-side of the shrimp and below the shrimp. Again, this will give you a tighter image with less distraction and more impact.

 

Just a thought! Like I say though, well done! Not easy things to get good pics


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:33 AM

A very quick re-do as suggested: looking at it again, the banded coral shrimp needs yet more cropping of the right hand side.....

 

One other thought: I found it made a big difference to the impact of my pics when I discovered shooting images against "neutral space". This eliminates a lot of the distracting background and gives the image real pop.

The shot you have of the Pedersen shows him/her about to swim on to that red coral. If you had been able to isolate the shrimp against the red coral, you'd have had a cracking background. Blue shrimp, red background, big impact.

 

Hope these thoughts/ideas help a bit.

 

 

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#4 mechonx

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:48 AM

Wow TimG thank you very much for your suggestions and time.

 

I will take your advice and will crop it.

 

the difference is noticed and to me it also seemed that had many distracting elements, now I see it more clearly. 

 

thank you again.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:33 AM

My pleasure. Good luck with it.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:46 PM

I actually like the crop of the first image the way it is. Although I do agree that the orange fish in the lower left are distracting and something should be done. I would desaturate them a little to reduce the distraction and darken everything but the shrimp. I did a basic edit but it should serve the purpose.

 

The main thing that would help you in the future is how you light them. Your eyes want to look at the brightest thing first then color. So make the shrimp the brightest thing in your image by angling the light away from the background so it's not so bright. Personally I prefer more of a sidelight to bring out the texture and separate the subject from the background. A snoot would also work great for this. If using two strobes, one could be used for the overall environment and the other could have a snoot angled at the shrimp making it slightly brighter and stand out more. This is would've helped the second image since it's hard to see that it's actually a shrimp in the first place. It seems to blend into the background and gets lost for me. Use your lights to make your subject stand out from everything else rather than just fixing it in Photoshop, which may not always work. I've got shots of decorator crabs in the PNW that would only show up in a photo with a sidelight and a darker background.

 

 

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