Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  



July 2021 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

As a nature photographer going to the Galapagos is like a candy land, as subjects are not intimidated nor frightened of humans, especially photographers. On a trip in 2012 this sea lion pup hardly moved when I was photographing 10 feet away. As a matter of fact, I had to wait for it to open an eye, if only briefly. The challenge was to choose the best of the 4000 images I shot that trip.

I wanted to try a technique to under expose the whole image in order to emphasize the high lighted areas, and chose this image to try it on. The original exposure was fairly well lit, so I under exposed it in Lightroom to darken the overall exposure, and then performed some selective burn & dodge and sharpening in Photoshop, before bringing it back to Lightroom to crop, heavy vignette and resize. I think I achieved the desired effect. How do you like it?

Shot with Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens at 135mm, 1/100 sec at f/10 and ISO 1000.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Very effective processing, it looks like moonlight.   Posted: 07/04/2021 17:17:01

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Allen. I hadn't thought of it that way.
I was looking for a way to make it more moody and glowing, to get rid of the hot spots.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 01:23:13

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Excellent processing, Jim. This is far more effective than the color version. You can really feel the textures of sea lion and rock in this image.   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:48:34
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Henry. I like it better and am happy with the light effect on the fur and rock.

  Posted: 07/08/2021 23:06:24

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the image a lot, so much better than the color version. I have no suggestions.   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:30:26
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Jim. I was looking forward to your comments.

  Posted: 07/08/2021 23:08:41