Carol Sheppard  

Satanic Eyes by Carol Sheppard

January 2022 - Satanic Eyes

About the Image(s)

This was taken outside my back door, using my Olympus OMD1-3 with 60mm Macro lens. 1:1 ratio and handheld as I had to get really, really close, even with f9.0. The ISO was 200, taken at 1/80. I processed it in LR, adjusting my white and black points, and adding a touch of clarity and vibrance. Yes, the eyes were actually red, but they really popped in post!! This wasn't composed to be contest-worthy; it was more to practice with my Macro lens.

5 comments posted

Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
I really like this insect shot. so much of it looks in focus to me - head, one side of body and top segment of each of the legs, part of the antanea. I am always looking for that focus in macro and what makes a pleasing picture... and without stacking. the bit unfocused on far side is totally acceptable and nice background. this work for me - I feel the graininess/texture of the whole body. I assume the f9 gives more focus. your white background - what are you doing here... parts look like white sand then the texture part looks like wood???   Posted: 01/04/2022 23:17:30
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Very good eye, Pat! LOL, he was on my wall just outside my door. No choice on the background, but I felt the white set him off nicely. As you can see from the shadow, the sun was pretty bright still...his shadow was sharp still. There's always a question when using that 60mm lens of whether I take too much time and lose the opportunity, or go in close (as necessary with that lens) and get what I can before he runs or flies off!   Posted: 01/11/2022 14:59:30

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Nice shot. Lovely detail and composition. I suppose insects like this aren't bothered which way gravity is acting, but as a human I like it a bit more rotated 90 degrees clockwise. I love the way the background has come out - it's there to anchor the subject, but vague so it doesn't draw the eye at all.

You could have reduced the shutter speed a stop at least, and gone up in ISO without degrading the quality, I think. So a couple more stops to increase the depth of field - I think would have been better. It would have sharpened the stem it's on of course as well, but that could have been toned down in post if desired.   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:22:45

Keith Au   Keith Au
Carol, very nice shot.. esp handheld with 60mm macro.. You have to get really close and not scared the subject away. Like the lighting.. Were you at EV0? or had to increase 1 or 2 EV+?
  Posted: 01/11/2022 23:37:19

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Excellent job, especially handheld. I don't know that I could accomplish this without a monopod at the very least - my hand is not that steady.

I looked at the other 3 orientations of this image and I find that yours works the best. There's a feeling like the stink bug is rising up to check this big eye that's watching it. Though some of the insect is out of focus, it doesn't take away from the image at all, especially since you have the head and eyes in focus. Nice job!   Posted: 01/17/2022 15:49:26


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