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Huge bug on an everglades tree!

By scartlane
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

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 8:04PM
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.


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Ayoob 6 Australia
24 Mar 2013 8:18PM
Excellent macro shot ......Grin
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
25 Mar 2013 9:05AM
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.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
25 Mar 2013 9:20AM
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 ).
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 6:57PM
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.


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