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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.
 

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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.
Thanks! Pic is untouched right out of the cam. I do see what you mean by the crops... Cut off a bit on the right and I'll have something like a sunburst from the top-right illuminating the scene...

Ok ok, I'll go tweak this a bit...
 

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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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Thanks! Pic is untouched right out of the cam. I do see what you mean by the crops... Cut off a bit on the right and I'll have something like a sunburst from the top-right illuminating the scene...

Ok ok, I'll go tweak this a bit...
If you want to depend entirely on the in-camera processing then you must know how the camera works to deliver what you saw or want to depict. Usually I bypass all the camera in-processing as it is very limited and is very difficult to make this picture.

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.
 

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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. :)
 

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I suppose that's the diff between a pro and merely a hobbyist ... :)
And luck. :)

Right equipment, right lens, right filter, at the right time in the right place...
 

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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.
 

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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.
Tried to compose, yup. It was handheld, no flash and had to take it quick... The V1 does tend to blow highlights, sorry... I think it focused on the wood behind the gecko... Let me try to clean it up. :)
 

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Tried to compose, yup. It was handheld, no flash and had to take it quick... The V1 does tend to blow highlights, sorry... I think it focused on the wood behind the gecko... Let me try to clean it up. :)
good for you! Do you feel you've captured the "story-telling" moment? I feel that you have, just need to get the technicalities done right.
 

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good for you! Do you feel you've captured the "story-telling" moment? I feel that you have, just need to get the technicalities done right.
Yup. Need to try to clean it up more.
 

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