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A little hermit crab who brought his house to visit

Title:Hermit
Username:freda freda
Uploaded:11 Apr 2013 - 9:24 AM
Tags:Hermit, Landscape / travel
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capto
capto e2 Member 21462 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:19 AM

What a cute and interesting creature. The eyes peeping out from the shell are what this image is all about. My only advice would be to get in really close for maximum impact of the eyes.Smile

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gwynn56
gwynn56  377 forum posts England
11 Apr 2013 - 11:12 AM

nice capture Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 6:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a charming capture, Freda, and it's obviously the eyes that capture the attention at first.
In fact, it's only the eyes that are sharp, and I suspect that you were using a large aperture, which gave you a shallow depth of field. This has nicely diffused your background but, unfortunately, also the shell and most of the hermit crab. Without having your camera settings, it's difficult to advise you with accuracy. It's possible that the crab was moving at the time of shooting, and this may be why it isn't well focused. It may also be that you omitted to re-sharpen your image after re-sizing it for the web.
If you could add your Exif data to your pictures, it would be very helpful to anyone offering critique, Freda.
There is a blue colour cast to the image, which could be down to the wrong White Balance being used.
Compositionally, you have left quite a bit of space around your subject, and a close crop would improve the image's impact.
In my modification, I cropped to a square format, straightened the image (the bottom horizontal like is sloping), brightened it, deepened shadows, increased saturation, adjusted Colour Balance and Levels, then selectively sharpened the crab and softened the background to remove the noise.
I hope you like it.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 10:11 PM

You give us no information at all which makes sensible comment difficult. The subject is good but I assume natural light and a wide aperture. Your depth of field really needs to be much greater than this. A small aperture needed to add sharpness.

Paul

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freda
freda  3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 - 9:48 AM

thanks for all the feedback on this, the modifications you did Pamela is really good and shows how shots can be improved; one of my biggest mistakes is to rush taking shots, this little crab was so fast i think i may even have taken it on automatic settings i was that intent on getting really close..just loved the little eyes poking out, i will certainly remember to look at editing before submitting images...but big thanks to everyone for all your constructive feedback.

Freda

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