Feeling Crabby?!?

© Angela C. French

Feeling Crabby?!?

Uploaded: April 14, 2009

Description

Taken at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. April 13, 2009

EP - April 15, 2009 - Animals

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 1000, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 48.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

Comments

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe April 15, 2009

Oh - I LOVE hermit crabs! I had one as a teen that came out and crawled all over the place! Then, my friend bought me one last year... he died though :( and was never very friendly. Anyway, fun shot! Probably not too easy through the glass! #1114227

Michael Kelly level-deluxe April 15, 2009

Angela, aquarium shots are tough. Enough light to see by but not enough for shutter speed and DOF and most won't let you bring a tripod. Not only that but you have to shoot through dirty glass. This is actually pretty good for the conditions, but the only way to get a contest type photo is with a good flash moved off camera with an extension to avoid reflection. Then get a f stop high enough for good DOF. In this shot you got the essential with the face nice and sharp and even the color is good. No noise so I would say you shot at a reasonable ISO setting. Raising that further is of course your only other option to get more light. #7409528

Christie R. Bielss April 16, 2009

You have captured some good details on this, especially considering you were shooting through glass. To me, it seems the right side is a bit bright and washed out. Ok, I'm so not good at this part, but maybe increase the contrast and saturation while lowering the brightness a touch? Anyway, think you did a great job getting his antennas and eyes! #7410485

Dale Hardin April 16, 2009

Nice capture Angela. Hard to do under those conditions.

But it can be easily improved upon if you're willing to do a couple adjustments. I see you have PSE so this should work nicely for you.

Duplicate the image and adjust the levels. On the histogram move the outside sliders toward the center until they meet the main body of the data graph.

Then apply the infamous high pass filter using an overlay blend. This should make the image pop for you and remove the flatness of the exposure.

#7411038

Debbie E. Payne April 16, 2009

His detail is great, Angela. But the background is very harsh and I can hardly wait to see what Dale's suggestion looks like. #7411107

Debbie E. Payne April 16, 2009

His detail is great, Angela. But the background is very harsh and I can hardly wait to see what Dale's suggestion looks like. #7411108

Debbie E. Payne April 16, 2009

His detail is great, Angela. But the background is very harsh and I can hardly wait to see what Dale's suggestion looks like. #7411109

Debbie E. Payne April 16, 2009

His detail is great, Angela. But the background is very harsh and I can hardly wait to see what Dale's suggestion looks like. #7411110

Debbie E. Payne April 16, 2009

What the heck happened here? I'm at school. It's not real reliable here. :( #7411113

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic April 16, 2009

Cool shot. Pretty impressive going thru glass. I too would like to see dales suggestions. #7411846

Jodi M. Walsh April 19, 2009

this is a funny little guy. we had a couple growing up and one got out of his cage- my mom ended up finding him in my dad's shoe (glad she found him there and not my dad) :-)

very cool shot, especially through the glass. I know how tricky that can be. not sure what you can do to improve it, but have you played with some filters on this guy? I think it might be worth doing. #7419917

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict June 24, 2009

Kudos on your EP!
I think everything has been said that could be said!
~S~ #7675792

Teresa H. Hunt July 08, 2009

Great shot! I've never tried shooting through glass, but it sounds difficult. I to would like to see what it looks like with Dale's suggestions. #7720120

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