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#1 matt215

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

This is a black hairy frogfish. Very rare. It stinks that my only chance to see one resulted in such a terrible result. So how do you photography what looks like a lump of coal against this sand? How could this have been better?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

Good question! I also found a big black one in Eilat last month and I just ended up "hating" the animal Posted Image ... they are made of the same substance as black holes; they even trap the light!
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:57 AM

Backlight it.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:53 AM

Use Shadows in Aperture editing after to ease a little of the frustration.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

I’d probably just ignore it... find a nice common brown one...
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Hi Matt,
Simon is right on, and Alex gives up to easy. Try using one strobe to light their face and use the other to pump some light behind it to provide some color seperation. Oh yeah, try getting closer. It's not a hairy but it's black, from Isla de Coco.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

Hi Matt,
Simon is right on, and Alex gives up to easy....




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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I had a bad time, too. This can be played with in PS to make it a bit brighter and sharper. Maybe I'll try.....someday....



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:52 AM

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I guess you could try to use strong lighting but snooting it more or less, so you don't have the background....

It's not black, but this kind of shot can probably end up well :

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:40 AM

How about stopping down to get some Bokeh-use the eyes as a focus point?

I would try and fill the frame with it as much as possible too.

I really like Steve's version!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

How about multiple levels differently adjusted?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

Took this in Lembeh about three years ago, Steve's and Adam's advice is basically what I did.

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