Nice context, but key subject too much in the shadow. Also maybe a tighter crop, esp at the sides, as the empty is not adding to the picture. The bottom empty space is Ok as it leads out the eye. Good potential and some more post processing can make it a decent picture.
the angle not quite right, cos its not entirely centre, yet not in an angle that is pleasing...
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Lightbulb too distracting, just by covering it with my hand, will bring out more of the subject which i presume is the gecko. more shawdow detail from the gecko would be great. My 2 cents
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For example you probably have to use spot metering to meter on the gecko (and not all cameras have spot metering) but that will blow the bright lights and also the other bright areas to saturation, losing all the details and textures, and you have to use filters to stop that from happening, and again not many people have or know how to use such filters, and then the light is too low to shoot handheld or at low ISO and u need tripods. So it is just too much a hassle to try to work with one arm - ie just the camera - and by the time your setup is ready the gecko is long time and faraway gone.
The better solution is to bypass all the in-camera processing, and do it post processing, which amongst other things allow you to achieve all that I said above and cropping and rotation, etc etc And when you shoot RAW at different exposures you can do other things yet.
So if you have a digital camera do digital photography.
I agree with you... Though this pic was taken with a Sony V1, I didn't have the filter adaptor to add an ND filter, no RAW, and the small lens and sensor are a guarantee for blown highlights. And I literally only had 1-2 seconds to take the pic before it ran off after a bug. Given a more steady environment and a couple extra seconds I could have worked on framing and angle better, I agree. But I'm glad I got this shot nevertheless.
What is a "Pro" to you espion?
On to the picture, my eyes stray to the lines of the latern at once, and thus the gecko becomes a secondary subject. Is that what you see at that time? Or rather, did you see or compose at all?
Gecko either seems blur or OOF. The white bulb is a bit glaring for me.