Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

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Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Porter » October 31st, 2016, 5:16 pm

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ImageMoonsnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageMoon Snakes by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

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ImageWestern Toad - Yolo by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Carl Brune » October 31st, 2016, 7:34 pm

I really enjoyed your three posts. Especially the lizards in this one. And the castle at the end of the winding road.

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Fieldherper » November 1st, 2016, 6:42 pm

Very nice!

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by bgorum » November 2nd, 2016, 9:05 am

Very nice. You are clearly developing a vision that is your own. Bravo!

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Porter » November 7th, 2016, 12:07 pm

Carl Brune wrote:I really enjoyed your three posts. Especially the lizards in this one. And the castle at the end of the winding road.
Thanks. The lizards were fun. That first female Collard was my lifer and an in situ which was super cool. I was slowly walking up to her, taking shots as I went and she took a couple of scatter reposition hops, jumped up on that rock, turned a 180, then stopped in that perfect pose. So rad! That's definitely the most unrealistic looking perfect in situ I've ever shot. Only thing is the color is awful because of the position to the sun. So, I slowly tried to circle around to the other side to get a colored shot with sun at my back, shooting as I changed position, and she jumped down. I never touched her. Best experience all year. Good phot + lifer +in situ. The male I hand caught after it ran under a flippable rock that it was basking on.

The castle is from Edward Sissorhands.

Thanks for the comments guys :beer: I did try to develop a new style here. I was pretty stoked on it. This is the end for me though. My last year doing field herping. I'd like to see a more artistic approach to field herp photog. I hope to inspire that with this and see the other photographers take it to the next level. I won't be commenting or posting to the forum anymore but I will probably check things out from time to time

One thing that was inspired by another photographer, Nick Hess, was this Toad photo. I've seen other photographers do stuff like this and Nick posted a gecko beneath a sunset last year I think. It reminded me I wanted to do one. I actually did this in paint rather than photoshop because I got a more blended natural look that way. That photoshop magic wand lasso tool wasn't working for me. So, I basically copy and pasted the liz over the clear plant photo, extending the depth of field. cutting through the blurry part of the rock made an easy area for an unnoticeable blend with the photoshop blend tool. I did one more for my bird post too. If you follow the links in this post (and part 1 and 2) to the bird portion, you'll see I did a similar edit with 3 shots of a kingbird flying away. The cliff swallows in flight was a shot that wasn't tampered with in this way, but inspired the kingbird edit. Kind of like a skateboard trick muti-shot from Thasher magazine I used to read when I was a kid.


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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Y.Morgan » November 26th, 2016, 12:28 pm

True art - the whole series. I especially liked the speckled eye ball in this one.
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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by NACairns » November 26th, 2016, 4:42 pm

I love the personal nature of your photos and the diversity of habitats that you covered.

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Porter » November 26th, 2016, 5:17 pm

Y.Morgan wrote:True art - the whole series. I especially liked the speckled eye ball in this one.
York
Cool :thumb: Just a heads up to new photographers out there... I had a homemade cardboard hand encasement that fit over the lens to keep myself safe from getting bit while photographing that close. Somebody ought to design something like that ;)

NACairns wrote:I love the personal nature of your photos and the diversity of habitats that you covered.
Thanks, I love the northern desert. the smell of that sage is a home away from home. I was gonna try to make it up the coast to the northen part of the state this year for a North Western Salamander, but I don't the money or a reliable vehicle. I rented a SUV for the desert trip. Not only that but I'm having a serious health issue with my right leg. I tore my adductor muscle at work. so I can't drive far without cruise control. My truck doesn't have it. Can't hike or walk far either :?

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Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

Post by Porter » November 26th, 2016, 5:26 pm

Speaking of habitat diversity... I went and saw the lava beds above Bishop this year for the first time. (Really cool coachwhips out there! :shock: Blueish grey) Does anyone notice what's going on in that Hidden Paiute Cave Entrance shot?

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