It is currently July 25th, 2017, 4:32 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 1:56 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Cyrtodactylus consobrinus. Biggest dang gecko I've ever seen around these parts. Got a bite like a pitbull, too :-)

(For the photo geeks: how do I keep the softbox from appearing in the eyes? Quite a problem with smaller animals)

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 7:44 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
What, no one knows how to deal with the softbox reflection?


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2012, 9:42 pm 
User avatar

Joined: October 1st, 2012, 12:57 am
Posts: 50
Location: Singapore
Those are known as catchlight. That is something common in most subjects. Especially if their eyes are reflective.


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2012, 9:45 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Catchlights are fine and necessary, but softbox catchlights are too big, and but really good photographers know how to avoid them. I don't....so how?


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2012, 10:02 pm 
User avatar

Joined: October 1st, 2012, 12:57 am
Posts: 50
Location: Singapore
Most likely its placed at angle where you don't get the reflection of it in the eyes.


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 1:14 am 

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 1:17 am
Posts: 136
Try and work with the angle of the soft-box or the flash to be precise! Maybe reduce the power of your external flash slightly so as to reduce the intensity of the spot.

I generally try and hold one flash very much in a way that it flashes perpendicular to the camera. This helps light up the face of the animal whilst keeping the flash-spot away from the pupil of the animal (it will still be there, just not covering the pupil). A weaker flash on-board the camera will help to light up the rest of the animal without really messing up the eye.

All that said, the photos are still fantastic!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 4:40 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:31 am
Posts: 145
Location: Townsville, Queensland
I have recently started using a softbox (or two) for most of my herp photography, but I'm still undecided on it. Aside from being a bit more cumbersome in the field, the catch in the eyes of larger frogs is so distracting that I often feel it ruins the photo. I don't mind it so much on small frogs, geckos and other reptiles, but others disagree. I think holding it slightly more above the animal might help a bit. In nearly all cases, I find the lighting from my single softbox to be better than my typical 2 speedlight setup, even when using those useless stofen diffusers.

Here are a few examples from my most recent trip. The catchlight in the frog shots has been selectively underexposed a bit.

Image

Image

Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 2:32 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Posts: 3297
Location: San Antonio, TX
Clone out the softbox reflections in Photoshop/Lightroom/The Gimp.

before:
Image

30 seconds after:
Image

You could obviously do a better job than this, but it is usually easy to do in an eye.
I think leaving a little hotspot in the eye is better. It gives an eye shot "life".

Here's the shot with a bit of catchlight left. Again, 30 second job. You could certainly do better.

Image


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 8:43 pm 

Joined: October 1st, 2012, 11:51 am
Posts: 159
Location: Houston, TX
You can't avoid the softbox reflection in the eye. You could try changing the angle of the flash, but that will change how your image is lighted, so you might not be interested in doing that. Even if you reduce your flash's output there will still be reflections, it's unavoidable. You're only option is to remove them post processing like Chris demonstrated.

But I'll second that you'll want to leave at least some catchlight. One of the fundamentals of wildlife photography of any kind is capturing the natural catchlight in the animal's eye.


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 4th, 2012, 10:15 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Thanks for all the tips, guys! I'll be shooting a large Dusky Wolfsnake later today and try to implement all I've learned here!.


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 5th, 2012, 3:52 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Posts: 3297
Location: San Antonio, TX
One other thing you can try is a polarizing filter over the lens. This will also reduce some of the reflections.


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #55: Peter's Bent-Toed Gecko
PostPosted: November 5th, 2012, 4:20 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
I'll try that!


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 12 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: