Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Virginia Zoo Lizard by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Virginia Zoo Lizard

November 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Virginia Zoo Lizard

This image was taken on a trip to Norfolk, VA in late December to visit kids and grandkids. I liked the scales and fins on the lizard. I do not remember the species. It was taken with my Nikon D7500 and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 65mm, 1/30th second, f8, ISO 1250. I used Topaz Denoise software. I cleaned up the branch below it, and then used Select Subject in Photoshop. I inverted the selection and then opened a Level adjust layer and selected the Multiply mode but reduced the opacity to 46% to darken the background. I then cropped in.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Technically superior - sharp, focused and holds one's attention pursuing through the multitude of patterns and shapes within the fins and scales. The sharpness of the eye and eyelid are impactful. Cropped in for more prominence and agree with darkening background.   Posted: 11/08/2020 15:56:15

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
(Group 32)
Nice image with good impact, tack sharp. Your clean-up, border and adding a catch light is nice. Only suggestion is to darken the background, but that is just me. Your image is a winner...   Posted: 11/15/2020 00:00:07
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
(Group 32)
This is what I had in mind to darken the background. What do you think?   Posted: 11/16/2020 16:07:50
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
No, that is too dark, there needs to be some detail back there.   Posted: 11/16/2020 16:13:40

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
If compare original, you have much improved. Darken the background and cropped, the lizard is outstanding now. The only nitpicking is brighten the eye a little bit.   Posted: 11/20/2020 19:43:55
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Grace Lee   Grace Lee
good pick up! eyes is so important for all photos   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:09:13

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
it is a good capture from start, its superior after you edit. Congratulations fir the winning photo! The only one thing I feel is the bottom right side rocks part a bit too bright, it draw out my eyes attention.   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:14:45

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Great capture. Detail is amazing. I like the background with a bit of detail in it. I agree with Grace, eyes are so important to an image, and you captured them perfectly here.   Posted: 11/27/2020 10:02:37

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Very nice job Tom great sharp image. I do agree some what with Russ the darken background makes the lizard pop out more.   Posted: 11/28/2020 18:36:26

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Nice photo of an iguana if I am not mistaken. I just bought denoise and am amazed at the quality I got. It is a truly gorgeous capture. I like it as is! A sure prize winner.   Posted: 11/30/2020 17:59:27