Candy Childrey, PPSA  


Frog with Bug by Candy Childrey, PPSA

July 2021 - Frog with Bug

July 2021 - Candy Childrey, PPSA

Original

About the Image(s)

This image of a frog with a bug was taken in a pond on my travels. The image was flipped, tightly cropped, a heavy vignette added with the eye of the frog as the center of the vignette. The bright water in the lower corner was darkened. An impressionistic look was added to the water, eye brightened, bright spots on frog removed, water burned to darken further. And finally a stroke was added.

f/5.6, 1/250 sec, iso 160, focal length @ 35mm 505mm


8 comments posted




Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Candy, I'm a tad confused on your focal lengths listed above...he would have been very close at 35mm, but you also mention 505 mm, which would be very far away at just 1/250 sec?

In your original, it looks like you shot down on him, but with your clever crop and processing, he feels almost eye level. The eye is spectacular, and what a wild insect!

Can you discuss how you added an impressionistic look, in Topaz or as a texture? And then did you mask it off the frog? Whatever you did, it really improved the water.

I'm interested in why you flipped him, as he was reading left to right? Did you feel it was to keep him from hopping out of the frame?

An incredible transformation, as always!   Posted: 07/05/2021 20:39:50
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, I shoot with a mirrorless Olympus camera with a 4/3's system. This is a cropped sensor with a 2X crop factor. Thus to equal a 35 mm system the lens focal length is doubled. The focal length of the lens was 202.5 mm-doubled becomes 505 mm. The 1/250 sec shutter speed was used because I had a small flash on the camera with a reflective white card. The 1/250 is the shutter speed necessary for the flash on the camera that I used.
The impressionistic look for the water was added in Topaz Studio 2-Buzz Sim. The look was removed from the frog and bug.
I flipped the frog because the image read better to me. Here it reads light to dark rather than starting with an uninteresting dark area. I don't always follow the rules.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:18:37



Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Love the eyes Candy, colouring perfect. How you got the bug there I have no idea, but it sure adds to the pic. I may have put a little more space in front of the frog. Nice shot.   Posted: 07/05/2021 22:54:17
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Geoff, the bug was there. I had nothing to do with it except to be there at the right time.   Posted: 07/06/2021 13:56:00



Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Love the eyes Candy, colouring perfect. How you got the bug there I have no idea, but it sure adds to the pic. I may have put a little more space in front of the frog. Nice shot.   Posted: 07/05/2021 22:54:17



Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You have processed the frog very nicely. The bug in front, although not really necessary, is an added bonus. Its great that we can see the legs under the water.   Posted: 07/08/2021 13:00:33



Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I like taking pics of frogs since they are usually stationary and you can get good focus on the eye, as you did.   Posted: 07/19/2021 13:32:44



Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I like the changes. The darkening of the shot was a good edit. Beyond that I think the bug heads a bit of interest to the piece.   Posted: 07/23/2021 10:47:22



 

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