Richard Siersma  

Iguana by Richard Siersma

July 2017 - Iguana

July 2017 - Richard Siersma


About the Image(s)

This was taken in Costa Rica, I cropped it then used NIK's Color Efex Pro - detail extractor, then darkened and blurred the BG. I used my Nikon D500 with a Nikkor 200-500, f8, ISO 1600 @ 1/250.

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6 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Outstanding. It harkens back to prehistoric times. You cropped it perfectly. Also, you did a marvelous job bringing out the detail in the skin and the nicely blurred BG makes it "feel" even sharper. What selection technique did you use to isolate the BG so that you could blur it?

BTW, the bit of infocus green in the foreground is a nice touch. It makes it seem that the Iguana is moving toward me.

Well done.   Posted: 07/01/2017 16:41:55

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
A great iguana capture. The blue on his head puzzles me and also on his '?jaw?' and a couple of spots on the body, to the R of his head, that look like raindrops, although I don't see any evidence of rain in the original. Please explain the blue parts, is it part of his colouring? I agree with Oliver, the green adds to the composition.   Posted: 07/03/2017 07:27:53

John Yurchak   John Yurchak
I think you cropping of the animal is great to show all the features of the face and the body as we see it. The blue color on the face and also on the lower jaw make for a good accent point. I like your composition on this.   Posted: 07/08/2017 15:17:50

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks everyone for your comments, I used Topaz ReMask 5 to select the Iguana then blurred the BG with PS's field blur. NIK's Color Efex Pro - detail extractor has enhanced the overall image. I've hovered over the head of the iguana (in a raw image) using LR's HSL tool which indicates blue is the primary color; therefore, what is shown in this image is the coloration of the iguana but just enhanced.   Posted: 07/09/2017 08:14:19

David Cooke   David Cooke
This is beautifully sharp and an excellent crop from the original which shows the detail of the iguana very clearly, Richard. I too am curious about the blue colouration. It does look unnatural and perhaps if the brightness is due to the processing, you could de-saturate the blue are a tad?   Posted: 07/22/2017 00:46:13

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Good job of cropping the iguana and keeping it sharp. The background is blurred slightly; I might have blurred it a little more. Also, I might have darkened the bright areas in the upper left corner. You added a nice touch with the green flora in the lower right corner.   Posted: 07/23/2017 19:53:48