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Crab with Mussels II

By Kostas_74
This time I tried to use a lot less saturation, less contrast and less crop. Less is more .... obviously.

I pulled a little magenta, green and orange, certainly colors that were already notably present.

I also darkened the edges with gradual filters.

I realized I have enough material to post a series of crabs.

Tags: Crab Mussels Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2016 9:19AM
Effective in many ways, but you do seem to complicate your processing. It should not be necessary for natural history shots unless you just wish them to be pictorial. You are changing reality.

It may be processing or internet compression, but this is off sharp I realise this is difficult with water, but again, for natural history record, images must be sharp. For effect, there can be excuses.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2016 9:59AM
I never thought I'd say this, but that crab's actually quite cute!

I much prefer the more natural style of processing with this one to the previous one. Here, I can actually see the crab and also appreciate the intricate colouration and textures of both it and the surroundings more.

For me, the yellow of the formation the crab's sitting on is just a bit too yellow, and almost overpowers the delicate colours in the crab's shell. So in my mod I've desaturated and lightened just the yellows a touch, and also the magentas. I also cropped the right hand side too, so the crab itself is situated more bottom right third than it was.

I also did a high pass sharpen - not a massive amount (about 1.6 pixels) but just enough to highlight the edges.

Color in imagery is always a personal preference. Some light 'em brighter and more saturated; some like 'em more natural and true to life. I think I fall somewhere in between those two with this one.

A crab series sounds good Smile

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
31 Mar 2016 12:00PM
Less is definitely more, especially as a starting point...

As with film negatives, if yo ustart with something well-exposed and of moderate contrast, you can do anything yo uwant later. Take things to the extremes, and you close down possibilities.

Paul makes a good point about nature record shots: however, my feeling is that you are going for a more 'artistic' interpretation - how you felt when you saw it, how you want to convey the beauty.

And, indeed, the cuteness of the crab!
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
31 Mar 2016 3:06PM
This is much better

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
31 Mar 2016 7:44PM
I agree, much better.

Paul and john make good points.

In fact, following on from John, go for your shot with normal colour and contrast (you never know when you might need or find it useful (a competition or sale for example) but also keep a version with your extra processing. In the same way like those keep a colour and a black and white version. Then you've got the choice
1 Apr 2016 5:28PM
Guys, thanks for the comments, sometimes I'm too busy with my non-photographic work and it takes a while until I can answer. Also it takes time until I have the opportunity to apply the suggestions, because not all the conditions here are favorable for shooting. Last week I went back to the beach of the Four Turnstones at the right time of the tide, but it was cloudy and the atmosphere was quite different, just to give an example.

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