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Luckily this Rattle snack was in captivity! I was trying to capture a sharp image through glass in very low light without using flash. I was hoping the snake's tongue would flick out but it did not. It did look mean!!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.8 II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Mar 2013 - 2:20 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Snake, Rattle & Roll
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:22 May 2013 - 3:48 PM
Tags:Low light, Snake, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2670 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2013 - 6:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You did well under the circumstances.


Apart from a little noise reduction and sharpening, I would think theres too much out of focus snake compared to the main event, that mean head.

So uploaded a cropped mod, noise reduction and sharpening. Would make a nice print.



Regards



Willie

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chase
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22 May 2013 - 6:35 PM

Well done taking this through glass,although it does look a little on the warm side.You are really never going to get a fully sharp image in those lighting conditions tbh,the only improvement on that front would be to push the ISO up even further & use a smaller aperture.The balance would be so fine though as you need to keep the shutter speed down when photographing anything that is likely to move during the exposure...a tough call.
I do like Willie's mod,puts much better focus on that eye.

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22 May 2013 - 9:17 PM

Guys, Thanks for comments much appreciated.

Willie, The crop and adjustments you made are a great improvement. I only used Lightroom 4 to make my original mods, which were to increase the contrast and clarity. I also used the sharpening tool which I assume to be using an unsharp mask. Did you use Photoshop to reduce noise and sharpen? If so what tools did you use because it looks so much better than my original changes.

Thanks again Brian Smile

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22 May 2013 - 9:30 PM

Janet, Forgot to say that your portfolio is incredible especially the portraits. Fantastic Grin

Regards, Brian

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22 May 2013 - 10:04 PM

Thank you Brian,that's a lovely compliment.

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23 May 2013 - 7:22 PM

I assume you had the lens up close against the glass to cut out reflections? Which then makes composition damn tricky! This has come out well. I agree with Willie re crop and Janet re colour - I suspect that the lighting has played tricks with auto white balance. Will try to combine the two points in a Mod.
Moira

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23 May 2013 - 9:40 PM

Moira,
Thanks for spending the time to make the mods, it's a great improvement on my original. You were right I did have to hold the lens against the glass and I believe the colour saturation was due to the heating lamps inside the tank.

Again thank you much appreciated and it certainly helps as the post processing side is still quite new to me.

Kind Regards, Brian.

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23 May 2013 - 10:45 PM

I used Noise Ninja, with CS6. You can also use the selective adjustment tool in LR to sharpen the eye area, after you use the noise reduction slider, further down the panel.


Willie

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24 May 2013 - 10:13 AM

Willie,

Thanks for info Regards, Brian.

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