Crystal Dolphin Part 2

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steve S, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    I think this is the one I'm going to settle on. Tried aiming it more toward my right shoulder, but then you couldn't see the pectoral fin as well. Used D2x/60 Micro this time., along with a large softbox on an Elinchrom strobe, and 2 handheld mini flashlights. Any final thoughts to improve it?
    Nikon D2X
    Focal Length: 60mm
    Optimize Image:
    Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
    Long Exposure NR: Off
    High ISO NR: Off
    2006/01/03 07:31:53.4
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    White Balance: Color Temp. (4200 K)
    Tone Comp.: Less Contrast
    Compressed RAW (12-bit)
    Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
    AF Mode: AF-C
    Hue Adjustment: +3°
    Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
    1/4 sec - F/32
    Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
    Saturation: Normal
    Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
    Sharpening: Normal
    Lens: 60mm F/2.8 D
    Sensitivity: ISO 125

    For comparison, here's the other shot:
    View attachment 23642
  2. Rob


    Jul 28, 2005
    Truro, Cornwall, UK
    Steve, they are both good, but (isn't there always a but) just out of interest I'd like to see the base removed in PP just to see the mammal flying. (I'd try it but would probably mess it up):smile:
  3. Jarrell


    Feb 13, 2005
    Macon, Ga.
    Steve, I think this one is a little confusing, as in the observer isn't quite sure what the base is. I like to see it shot from a low angle and from the side to emphasize the animals leap. I think I'd try sitting it on a piece of glass (over the black cloth), then wet the glass really good, getting some water up on the very bottom of the base. Something like this..
    then experiment with the lighting until you get it the way you want it.

  4. Hi Steve,

    You could try some water like this:


    It also might be fun to remove the base with the clone tool like this:

    View attachment 23651

    Of course your image is pretty stunning as well.
  5. Rob


    Jul 28, 2005
    Truro, Cornwall, UK
    That's what I meant Gordon, nice one.
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