Jason Stewart  

Garter Snake by Jason Stewart

September 2020 - Garter Snake

About the Image(s)

This is a photo of a garter snake that we have living under our camp wood pile. It kindly posed for me to take a few photos.
Canon 5Diii Tamron 90mm macro 1/500 sec. f/5.6 90mm ISO 320

3 comments posted

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
You got the eye in pretty good focus and that's the main thing. I think you could have stopped down a little to get increased overall sharpness. Also, the image looks a little too warm, but that's just my preference. You didn't say how you processed, but in Lightroom I would try moving the color temp slider towards blue just a little. I would also go to "Details", hold the "alt" key and set the mask until all the "snow" is gone and increase sharpness to 120. In Photoshop I'd still be reading the instructions.   Posted: 09/04/2020 09:40:29

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I actually like the shallow depth of field as it makes the snake stand out more. As already noted the snake's eye is sharp and that holds the attention of the viewer.

If you processed this in Photoshop, you might consider using the blur tool and adding a bit of blur to the coil of the snake in the lower right corner. Since the rest of the snake is burred it would feel natural and bring the focus even more toward the eye and the head.   Posted: 09/04/2020 16:21:54

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Good Close-up of the Grater Snake Jason. Your Macro lens looks like the right lens. The snakes head and eye are sharp. I agree with Larry I like the Shallow Depth of field but I would do something to try and Highlight the Snakes Head even more. Maybe use the brush tool and add some viberance, clarity or try the dehaze tool just a little. Not to much just to make the head and eyes pop a little more. I think it is a great photo but it would be fun playing with just toe see.   Posted: 09/07/2020 14:19:48


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