Jo-Ann Rolle  

Her Majesty of Zanzibar by Jo-Ann Rolle

September 2021 - Her Majesty of Zanzibar

About the Image(s)

The queens and Center of attraction in Zanzibar are the 100 year old turtles that nest comfortably in a protected yet open environment.

I tried to capture the turtle in motion - which is difficult since their movement is slow. At least in this image there is a clear shot of the eyes open and the head held high.

Shot with Cannon T3i 500 lens . Photo processing in Lightroom for enhancements in sharpness and color.

2 comments posted

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
This is a very difficult image to process. There is a very wide range of shadows and highlights. Much of the turtle is overexposed - the head and the back especially. I brought it in to Lightroom but was not able to tone these areas down to my satisfaction. Perhaps a luminosity mask in Photoshop may help, but I am afraid that is a bit beyond my skill level.   Posted: 09/09/2021 12:24:01

David Kepley   David Kepley
You encountered a difficult situation. The light in this scene varies from very bright to semi-dark. Our cameras are just not good enough to handle that wide a dynamic range. You could have waited until the turtle got into more uniform light or you could have shot it at different exposures and let LR merge them using HDR. The problem with that is that the HDR merge works best if the different images are all almost exactly the same. Not easy to do with eaven a slow moving subject. The left portion of the turle's shell is blown out as is the head. The head merges with the ground behind it.   Posted: 09/20/2021 09:44:30


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