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Stingray chillin'

By Yebach
On my recent trip to Egypt i took my underwater housing.

A picture of stingray chilling on the bottom. This is on about 5m dept. No strobes and i used normal port.
Used some LR collor correction to desaturate the pic and enhance the dots and other "blue" parts

all exif data are added

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Tags: Animal Underwater photography Stingray Wildlife and nature Corals


mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2021 2:07PM
Well this is something different! Well done, I'm sure it's an opportunity that many will envy.

Settings look fine (although I wish you would consider moving away from program); it's well exposed; good and sharp.

The aspect that I would query is the partial desaturation. Wildlife of any description really needs full colour or b&w, I cannot see the point of what is effectively selective colour. I guess it emphasises the camouflage aspect, but it looks inert. And it gives the seabed a totally sterile, lifeless look, whereas there are corals, sea anemones...

Plus, googling images of this species of stingray, I see that there are subtle yellow tones, particularly in the head. If we are seeing the blue detail, I want to see the rest of the colour involved.

Can you add the original as a modification please, for reference?

Out of curiosity, have you any idea what caused the strange patches on the spine? It looks like sellotape, I assume that it isn't!
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
22 Jul 2021 2:15PM
Would also love to see the original colour version. Colour "popping" like this can sometimes work well, however I fear its not a great success here, - but the colour version will tell!

Great to be able to get the shot at all.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
22 Jul 2021 2:47PM
Yo've captured this well, underwater photography is a specialist area.

I can see why you wanted to emphasise the blue as it is quite striking.

However, natural history subjects are full of colour, sometimes strong and sometimes suble. It's those subtelties that have appel, so removing them reduces the interest and impact. It's an interesting exercise in Lightroom processing but doesn't benefit the subject here. It's worth trying on other genres though.
Such manipulatiion would't be allowed fo natural histroy images for sale or competition because it would be an inaccurate representation of the subject. It's fine for your own use, though, but as I mentioned, the result is less engaging.

So, in essence a good capture that needs minimal processing for a natural look.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2021 4:50PM
Hello again, Vid.

Well done for capturing this picture, but I would rather see what it looked like before you tampered with the colours. Also, the stingray's tail looks disjointed, as if it wasn't selected accurately. The desaturation makes the background look muddy.

Perhaps, once we see the original, we can make suggestions for alterntive processing.

I hope you brought lots more exciting pictures home from Egypt.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
22 Jul 2021 9:52PM
That sellotape effect Moira is an outer layer of skin peeling off as far as I know,
Yebach 12 Slovenia
23 Jul 2021 1:51PM
I uploaded the original photo so you can compare.

Though I agree with color settings, I wanted to show the spots on the back

The tail is as it is. Since I do not have the proper strobes it is hard to get all the color therefore I wanted to eliminate the colors of anything else.

Photos of Egypt will follow. Above and under water
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2021 3:07PM
I can't see your original version, Vid. If you click on the blue Modifications button beneath your picture here, you can follow the instructions and it will show under the modifications option.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
23 Jul 2021 5:49PM
It's a lovely shot, but a very poor subject for colour popping. I suspect there are other ways to emphasise the colours a bit more subtly: like Pamela, I can't see the original as a mod at present.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2021 5:52PM
No, I'm not seeing the original either. Can you add it as a modification?

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