Results from Thailand - Improvement needed
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:01 PM
Always thought the Mantis Shrimp was pretty cool and got a couple decent shots. I think this is probably my favorite. Wish I'd been able to isolate him a little more from the gravel in the foreground. unfortunately I wasn't able to prevent all the backscatter though I was able to eliminate some of it in post.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:01 AM
First of all, thats a pretty nice shot!
I don't think you could have done much with this picture without doing something radical, like using snoots to direct the light onto only the animal or maybe a supermacro shot of its eyes.
Too be honest, if I see a mantis shrimp in its hole which is a bit shy, I probably would just have a look and swim on- they're awesome animals, but when they are in their holes it so hard to get a shot where the shrimpy really pops!
I don't know what setup you're shooting with, but if its DSLR/large sensor compact maybe you would wanna try a high aperture to blur the background, I find that my eye gets drawn quickly to the coral in the top right corner, if the coral would have been unsharp maybe it would be a little less distracting?
Either way, you're off to a good start!
Happy bubbles, Morten
Manager @ The Siddhartha Dive Resort & Spa, Bali
Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:24 AM
I'm with Morten. I quick ajustment in LR to darken the corners would help. I used the simple Post crop Vignette slider -50. I tend to try this technique quite a bit with macro subjects that are centered up in the frame. See what you think.
Canon 5D Mk III, 7D & 40D, 60mm, 100mm, 17-40L, Tokina 10-17, Nauticam 7D, Sea & Sea MDX-40D YS-250's ULCS arms, Lightroom
Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:34 AM
Guess I should have mentioned. This was D7000 in Nauticam housing, 60mm macro with a single S&S YS-D1. I definitely agree that I should have played with the aperture to narrow the depth of field but you no how it is when you're making a quick call in the heat of the moment.
I do like the vignette option and will play with that to see what I can do.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:47 PM
Obviously this is a lot of work for 1 shot BUT getting a shot this good of this critter is rare. I, in fact, don't have one this good. IMHO it is worth the work.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:26 PM