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i found this "little" guy on the side of a tree around a little pond in the everglades, once i had finished looking at the aligators in the pond, i turned to find this guy

was just wondering what people thought, and if anyone has any advice based on this pic

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Sep 2012 - 3:57 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Huge bug on an everglades tree!
Username:scartlane scartlane
Uploaded:24 Mar 2013 - 7:42 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7848 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2013 - 8:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is underexposed by around one and a half to one and three quarter stops judging by the histogram. It's also not pin sharp so the focus is either slightly off or there is some camera shake. Not too bad though. If your shutter speed is looking a bit low then up the ISO to 400-800. This will raise the SS to 1/250th to 1/500th of a second. This will minimize camera shake. I think it needed a boost in contrast and saturation. The mod shows this and the increase in exposure.

Alan.

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
24 Mar 2013 - 8:18 PM

Excellent macro shot ......Grin

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 9:05 AM

Well spotted..he don't look that little to me !!
Very slightly OOF which is a shame as you have captured him in a good position.
Nice dof to isolate him from the bg.
I wish the line on the bg was straight though,it does jar a bit when viewing,easily corrected in your editing program.
You must have got quite close to him judging by your Focal length,so a tripod would be the way to go to avoid any degree of camera shake.A slightly smaller aperture would have brought all his legs into focus,probably around F8 would have done the trick then an increase in ISO would have given you a better shutter speed.
Sometimes it's difficult to get everything right,especially if it's a bit of a grab shot,you did well to spot him.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 9:20 AM

I have done a quick mod for you.
Used levels to lighten the bug & give a wee bit more contrast.Straightened the image a little & cropped off the offending darker line in the bg.
Added just a little sharpening selectively on a separate layer.
Converted to sRGB for viewing on the web (the best colour profile to use to retain colour & contrast for posting on the web ).
HTH

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 6:57 PM

Quite well done, but just a touch under exposed and slightly soft. Depth of field also very minimal. Well done if fully hand held, but in the circumstances I would have gone for ISO400 and down a stop on both aperture and shutter speed.

Two main targets in natural history record, exposure and critical resolution. However, with the wrong lens for the subject, you did well.

Paul

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