Heather Ebey  

Turtle Faceoff by Heather Ebey

July 2024 - Turtle Faceoff

July 2024 - Heather Ebey


About the Image(s)

I go at least once a week to a local wildlife wetlands park, Juanita Bay Park, in Kirkland to record habitat throughout the seasons. The Western Painted turtles are out on logs for a few months around mating time. This was the usual overcast early morning. I have made quite a few images of them over a couple of months, but I like this one because I can see the neck stripes on two of them.

Taken with Fujifilm X-T5, Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. 111mm, 1/60s, f5.6, ISO125. I used Lightroom mobile on my iPad to crop, remove a few things I considered distractions, lighten it, increase clarity and texture I slightly modified color temperature.

It is probably still too grey overall. I often have my camera set at slow shutter speeds and have a 3+ ND filter on for ICM shots. For shots like this I probably should have taken the ND off and stopped down the lens for greater depth. This is handheld.


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