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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-12-04
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 F 2.8 Macro, RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-08 23:54
Viewed: 1282
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As some of you know I run a business that includes organising various photo shoots for other photographers, usually involving birds of prey or other small animals. A couple of years ago we started offering our Reptiles Plus days which involves all kinds of reptiles, amphibians and other little critters. Working with a group of people in a studio environment I have to be able to set up scenes quickly and accurately, my clients have paid me their hard earned money and in turn I have to give them what they want with the least amount of fuss or time wasted during their day ... so, sometimes I have to experiment and practice.

This shot is the result of one of these practice sessions on my dining table. I have a client who wants some shots of a frog in water with "warm reflections" behind. We shoot a lot of reflective stuff on perspex but the use of water adds a natural element to the shot, and I thought I'd better test the shot before doing it for real.

The water is pure spring water warmed in a frog tank over night to make sure that it's at the same temperature as the frog is used to then poured into a (sterilised) plastic tray right up to the brim. The background is put in place to reflect in the water when shooting almost flat to the water. Lighting (in this case two "Yongnou" YN560 Speedlights fitted with a Godox softbox on each) are positioned either side of me shooting flat onto the background and horizontal to the water.

I used a little Ruby Eye Tree Frog (Leptopelis uluguruensis) as a model as she likes a nice soak in warm clean water and I knew that she would probably sit still and was the right size to "fit" the water depth - as well as being a pretty little frog!

Having shot a few shots I put her back and had a look at the results - which to be honest I'm quite pleased with. The only thing I don't like is the square catch lights in the eyes but when we shoot it for real I'll be in the proper studio using soft boxes which give an even round catch light as well as the fact that we can place plants around to break up the catchlight and make it even more natural.

I'm looking forward to the shoot ...

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Hi Miles

I've said it before, you very obviously know what you are doing. Alas, you'll learn nothing from me. But a real pleasure to view. PLEASE keep posting. If I could, I'd award 4 points.

Hello Miles

I see what you mean. How will you position the lights for the final shoot for a more natural appearance? This will be difficult without putting the lights behind the animal. I am curious to see the final result. Excellent work on the test here.


And I like also the story of this picture !

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