Carol Sheppard  

All That Stands Between Us by Carol Sheppard

January 2020 - All That Stands Between Us

About the Image(s)

This is a bit different from most Macros in that I intentionally used the fence as an obvious element, while trying to make the focus still strong on the animal and particularly, his eye and his claw.

The settings were ISO 250, f9 and 1/60th sec, on my Canon 50d camera, while using my Canon 100mm Macro lens on a tripod. I used ambient available light. I liked the effect of the fence being strong but still not the primary focus. In Lightroom, I made a few adjustments to black and white points, clarity, and saturation.

5 comments posted

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I like the framing of this lizards eye through the fence. I think you used the harsh lighting well to capture the details of the texture on his/her skin. I like how the fence is out of focus, but you also got the shadows on the ground. I see your vision for making the fence a key element in your photo.

What I wish I could see though, is a little more of the lizards body. Doing that might take this away from a "close-up" shot, but I just personally feel the composition would be even better with a little more lizard. However, on the flip side, for a more macro point of view, focusing only on his/her eye through the fence could have been really interesting too. Honing in on the details and texture of the skin and the eye would make for a really nice macro shot.

Very interesting subject. Good for you for trying something different!   Posted: 01/07/2020 17:54:00

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Hi Carol,
Great title for this image - a photographer protected from a beast by an iron fence. All the fearsome details of the lizard are tack sharp. I'd try revisiting this with both a full and 2 stop exposure adjustment. Truer beastly colors? Super story. Good thoughts for 2020!   Posted: 01/07/2020 19:13:16

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice image Carol. You've capture not only good detail but also the creatures mood, I thinks. For me, the eye is really the subject I'm drawn too. So if it were centered and zoomed in more, would be a cool macro in it self. I know that you were probably restricted by you location but kudos for the tack sharp eye.   Posted: 01/10/2020 10:07:19

Doug Wolters
The eye is great. Would it have been better recomposed? With the eye more centered in one of the fence openings? Maybe taking up more of the picture? I would experiment by taking many the shot from many different vantage points.   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:19:47

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Very interesting image with really good colors and clarity. I agree with other suggestions of concentrating on the eye.   Posted: 01/13/2020 10:58:44


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