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Longnose Hawkfish - comments please

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Hi, here is a photo I took of a hawkfish at Thomas Reef , Tiran the other day. I have cropped the image about 20 pc, boosted the exposure and blacks a little and applied a bit of sharpening in Lightroom. Canon 30d 18-55mm @ 55mm , flat port, ikelite housing, sea and sea ys90 full power, iso 100, 1/250, f22.

 

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Given its position - and the background - the only suggestion I can think of would be to have re-framed it a little more on the diagonal. Given you've cropped it slightly perhaps you could try re-doing it more diagonally & see if you prefer the result?

 

R

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Given its position - and the background - the only suggestion I can think of would be to have re-framed it a little more on the diagonal. Given you've cropped it slightly perhaps you could try re-doing it more diagonally & see if you prefer the result?

 

R

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Thanks for that. This is as diagonal as I can make it without clipping the fish. I think it is better. Cheers.

 

Duncan

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Hi Duncan,

 

I think I might try to reduce the contrast on the background colours-for me the corals are detracting from the subject. If you can select the fish, and then introduce a gaussian blur to the background using a layer mask, that would be good too!

 

Gennerally, I think the image is a bit overstaurated.

 

You have lots of opportunites for shooting these-so I would try and get a shot that shows both eyes-it will take some patience though!

 

All the best

 

Adam

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Hi Duncan,

 

I like the subject. However highlights are blown out, so i would have taken exposure down on this shot, not up.

 

Saturation is too high and you can tell.

 

Composition wise, the background does not provide a good negative space to the subject and is distracting, try to blur it.

 

All things you will be able to fix in Photoshop.

 

Good luck.

 

Cheers,

 

Simon

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Hi Duncan,

 

you must have more to go on with the image than what you told Ralphy? Your format is not 3:2, it's more like 3:1,68. Or does the fish fill the frame that much to begin with?

 

I took the liberty of some quick cloning to show what it might have looked like :aggressive:

 

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Sometimes, there's only so much you can do in PhotoShop afterwards... sometimes, it has to be done before you press the shutter...

 

/chris

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