Peggy Reeder  


Alligator by Peggy Reeder

March 2020 - Alligator

March 2020 - Peggy Reeder

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About the Image(s)

I made some basic adjustments in Lightroom. The main correction was to the white balance. Then I moved the image into Photoshop and cloned out a few distractions and darkened the tree trunk. I also edited it in Nik, but only applied the Pro Contrast filter. Then I cropped. There may be a better crop. I wanted the focus to be on the alligator but also wanted to show the surroundings.


11 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Yeah, this is a tough call. I certainly see your point about portraying the gator's surrounding habitat, but in this case the background competes too much with the gator, which is your subject -- for example, the tree trunk leaning in from the upper right part of the picture, which visually carries about the same weight as the gator. The bottom part of the image is very well done. Maybe you could crop down to just above the gator's head and let the viewer "fill in" the background mentally.   Posted: 03/05/2020 08:44:57

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
As a suggestion:   Posted: 03/05/2020 08:57:23
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes I think I like that better. I agree that the background is very busy. Thanks Jerry.   Posted: 03/05/2020 10:03:47

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with Jerry's crop. Nicely composed, though a bit static. Would have liked to have seen its mouth open, etc.   Posted: 03/08/2020 20:19:53

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Good capture Peggy. Nice sharpness on the alligator and the reflection. I agree about the cropping, but I would not go that far down. I would also leave more behind the alligator and crop up to the tree on the left.
  Posted: 03/11/2020 18:58:48

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree with the crop. Hard to ask an alligator to open his mouth when he's busy sunning. LOL
I'm curious about the reflection. That's the first thing I was drawn to in the image. Looking back at the original, it seems the reflection had small ripples in the water. Hardly noticeable but I was wondering if something in the NIK had smoothed it out? Whatever, it looks great. Nice job.   Posted: 03/12/2020 12:56:23
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
There is a technique in Lightroom that I use with the adjustment brush. Put Contrast and Clarity each at 50% or whatever you think works - and then brush the area where you want to emphasize a reflection. That may have smoothed out some ripples as well.
  Posted: 03/15/2020 14:08:30

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
The cropping is a good idea. You have the sharpness of the alligator and its reflection. This makes a super image. While you do have great tonal qualities in the image, I might have just saturated it a tiny bit more. Jungles to me always seem to have dark green tones.   Posted: 03/13/2020 10:58:02

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
How fun to capture an image like this. As I have looked at both images and read all comments, I will toss out a different perspective. What if you use both tree trunks as a frame for the gator, duplicate the vine behind the gator to create a backdrop, clone out the spiky vegetation behind the tree on the left and crop more on the left. I'd also darken the trees and vegetation a bit more so the gator stands out. Thanks for the Lightroom tip. I will add it to my tool box!!   Posted: 03/24/2020 10:01:48
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Those sound like great suggestions Kaylyn! Lots of computer time these days so I will see what I can do!   Posted: 03/24/2020 13:38:32
Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I think you have a real keeper! I hear you on the computer time! I'd love to see the finished version if you decide to go for it.   Posted: 03/24/2020 16:57:51

 

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