Julie Deer  


Hanging Around by Julie Deer

February 2021 - Hanging Around

February 2021 - Julie Deer

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When the temperatures reach 40C (over 100F) the colony of bats that have invaded trees near the Adelaide Botanical Gardens fly to the nearby river to cool down. They fly along and dip their bodies into the cooling water before roosting in a tree. While they hang upside down, they fan themselves with their wing/s and lick the water from parts that they can reach before flying off for another dip.


10 comments posted




Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Wow! What a cool creature! I like the small aperture you chose to capture the details in this bat. It is nice that the bat's body is nicely lit and well exposed. I am torn between the original landscape format and the vertical. I love the positive and negative space in the landscape version, however, the vertical format shows more detail and adds a good deal more impact when the viewer is up close and personal to a bat! What do others think?   Posted: 02/02/2021 13:30:55



Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
(Group 52)
Hi Julie. Mike from Group 51. I think you've made a wonderful detailed image of this interesting bat and I appreciate the lifestyle details. My first impression was that it was a studio shot based upon the almost pure grey monotone background. You might consider adding some grain or compositing in some texture into the background. Nice work.   Posted: 02/04/2021 06:13:55



Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Thank you for such a nice biology lesson!!! I can't think of anything else I would do. Wonderful capture!   Posted: 02/07/2021 10:22:40



Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
Julie, I am from Group 52 Nature Plus (Mike is in that group too - not group 51 LOL). I find this shot amazing since I have only once in real life had the opportunity to view a bat up close and personal with all this detail. The sharp detail and the catch light you captured in its eye make it appear very alive for me. The lighting is perfect in my opinion. I think Mike's suggeton of adding background texture is worth a try if you want a more artistic image.   Posted: 02/07/2021 11:25:34



Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi and thank you very much for your comments! I have reprocessed the sky and brought it back to what it actually was on the day, still keeping it a nature photo. I'm keen to hear your comments on this reworked image.   Posted: 02/08/2021 18:06:54
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Great picture. My only suggestion is to ask whether you could get a bit of detail in the shadow areas?   Posted: 02/15/2021 04:04:47



Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hard for me to add to what others have said. I was going to say something about the sky, but you fixed that. I love the close-up feel of your crop, but I also kind of wish we could see just a little more of the branch - say up to, but not including, the white streak. Which would give you more of a square crop than a vertical one.
Really great shot, great catch, great work!   Posted: 02/15/2021 05:08:44



Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Hard for me to add to what others have said. I was going to say something about the sky, but you fixed that. I love the close-up feel of your crop, but I also kind of wish we could see just a little more of the branch - say up to, but not including, the white streak. Which would give you more of a square crop than a vertical one.
Really great shot, great catch, great work!   Posted: 02/15/2021 05:08:46



Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Julie, interesting, interesting, interesting! Not only have you captured a magnificent image of a bat but you have enlightened us about ecological habits of this particular species. The bat is sharp, the eyes are sharp, and there is no distracting background. And I can see the detail of the bat's body and grasp of the branch.

Personally, I prefer your final vertical crop to the original landscape crop. It is interesting to see the comments of Mike and Sharon from the nature groups.

I can't wait to see what you post next month!   Posted: 02/20/2021 10:04:55



Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love fruit bats and this a really great capture. I really like the tension of how you cropped and I like the original background as well as the sky - it adds mystery because you do not expect to see the bat against the sky.   Posted: 02/22/2021 12:37:17



 

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