Walter Swett  

Eastern Box Turtle by Walter Swett

September 2020 - Eastern Box Turtle

September 2020 - Walter Swett


About the Image(s)

I captured this image recently while hiking at Lake Horton near my home in Fayetteville, GA. Although not endangered, this turtle is considered vulnerable due to habitat loss.

Shot with handheld Nikon D750 and Nikkor lens 24-120 at 120mm, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/50.

Post processing completed in Lightroom which included cropping, minor color and exposure adjustments, blurring of the background and addition of a vignette.

8 comments posted

David Blass   David Blass
Walter, your image shows a common animal to be a beautiful and complex creature. The colors are remarkable and the turtle is in sharp detail. I do find the green needles a bit distracting, as together they give the appearance of a single line that interrupts the otherwise brown background.   Posted: 09/11/2020 07:59:17
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your feedback David. I didn't notice it before, but I must agree, the bright green pine needle through the middle of the turtle is distracting. It seems to be one of those things where you don't see it until you see it and then you can't unsee it! Based on your feedback I've done some additional editing. What do you think?   Posted: 09/11/2020 09:30:33
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David Blass   David Blass
I think it looks much better! Really striking image!   Posted: 09/11/2020 09:59:29
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks again. Your feedback certainly helped make sure it better.   Posted: 09/11/2020 11:32:28

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I love this view of the turtle. I think you positioned him well in the frame and you have really highlighted some detail that we don't always see. I really like this image but do agree with David about removing the green needles.   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:53:28
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your feedback.   Posted: 09/13/2020 08:05:30

Muhammed Rafeek   Muhammed Rafeek
Great Image and good effort, increase of F Value by 2 points could have increased the depth of field which could sharpen the Turtle shell bit more and details too. I would prefer to have the focal point on head or eye with little more lower angle could have made it more appealing. Little more processing or simple dodge tool with mid tones can bring more attractive colour tones on the shell. Its an awesome image, we don't get a chance to click such shots in this part of the world.   Posted: 09/20/2020 12:10:44
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for the feedback. I'll try your suggestions next time.   Posted: 09/20/2020 15:35:57


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