Marcela Stegemueller  

Untitled by Marcela Stegemueller

August 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Saw this walking stick on the outside surface of our window. Every once in a while, it would move a little. The glass reflected the foliage of our yard, and he cast a shadow on the glass which I thought was interesting. I used the tripod and my 90mm macro lens. My setting were 1/160 shutter speed, f/8 and ISO 1600. Even though the insect was outside, the window was under our porch and the light was dim. That is why my ISO was 1600. He has something underneath his body which I did not know what it was.

I used the basic adjustments in LR, then took it to Topaz for noise reduction, I also used Color Efex for Dynamic Contrast and PS to remove dust which was on the surface of the window. Is the background too busy?

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8 comments posted

Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
This is so interesting. Did you notice that there appears to be a double shadow? I don't think I've ever seen that before. I really like the color of the background. Can you try to brush an adjustment just on the insect's body to lower the whites/exposure?   Posted: 08/05/2019 11:05:17

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I'm not sure how this happened. I checked with the raw image and it had two shadows also. Maybe someone in the group will know.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:05:02

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I will try the adjustment. A good suggestion. Thanks.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:37:00

Janis Walters
The double shadow may be caused by a double-paned window. Great subject. I love walking sticks but haven't seen one this summer.   Posted: 08/05/2019 14:27:25

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Marcela. This is a very interesting capture. I love that there's another insect just waiting to be discovered and eaten! And the two shadows are interesting. Was the light bouncing off something light-coloured in the environment to give the second shadow?
I think the background is fine - the insect will stand out from the background with its finer detail if, as Laurie suggested, you lower the whites/exposure on its body. The red tinges on the body will also help keep it separate from the background.   Posted: 08/06/2019 15:42:01

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Very interesting. First, I love the color of the background. The Walking Stick bug is a little blown out and I don't mind the double shadow so much. I think it adds to the surreal-ness of the image. You could try cropping off some of the right portion of the image. It might just add a little drama.   Posted: 08/10/2019 08:29:19

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
This is a creative image with interesting background colors that are nicely blurred. The double shadow is unique and interesting. The insect, itself, is quite blown out. Can you burn a little and bring back some of the details?   Posted: 08/14/2019 10:24:47

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very interesting image. Very nice. I think I would crop in a bit closer. Maybe bring down the highlights just a little.   Posted: 08/22/2019 16:24:42