Year Two (15) – Frogs and other reptiles

Another old bakery session, but this time with a twist – one end of the hall was set up with a tether computer, studio lights and props and my end of the hall – I shared the space with John – where we were using glass, speedlites and some natural props I had round up from home.

I had talked to John prior to the shot and I wanted to capture the top and bottom of the frog at the same time… I had an idea to photoshop it together with another image – but that did not get taken…. but I still wanted to experiment and understand more about light. I actually found myself using my light meter successfully to help set the shot up and aim for a variety of experimental looks.

Tree Frog on Glass

Tree Frog on Glass

The frog is resting on the glass and I shot this image from underneath – it was tricky balancing the lighting in a church hall to make it and atmospheric shot. A shallos depth of field and working close blurs our his feet.

Tree Frog on glass

Tree Frog on glass

I like this one (above) – the eyes match the feet and compliment the image and as the glass is invisible you are kinda working out how it was shot – I wish they would have jumped around more!

Tree frog on Glass

Tree frog on Glass

Same frog – different angle and a totally different feel – I like the double reflection although I am am not sure whether it was caused by the angle or my shutter speed 1/100sec.

Tree Frog on a white flower

Tree Frog on a white flower

Whites and black’s together are a challenge – this Orchid is very delicate and a shallow depth of field works well to capture the delicate nature of the plant and gives the frog a sense of scale.  ISO100, 1/160 sec, F3.5 – off camera flash.

Resting

Resting

Same lighting – same settings, different plant – and you can see how the angle and the colour of the props effect the image – I like the shape that is formed in the composition.

Holding on

Holding on

This one made me smile – he is holding on – the shallow depth of field makes the flower frame the frog rather than compete for attention, although both eyes are not as sharp as I would have liked them too – I should have increased it slightly or moved further back.  ISO100, F3.5, 1/160sec

Just touching the light

Just touching the light

Same settings, different lighting position and angle – it is quite dramatically lit with the frog looking directly into the light and making his own shadow.  The near eye is out of focus though – it is important to get the focal point just right!

Tree frog on a red flower

Tree frog on a red flower

Another shot to show the effect of the lighting – this time the side lighting is quite harsh on the subject and he creates a shadow. It is so important to chimp!

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Change the flowers and suddenly the frog seems much larger – but this are miniature daffodils – the yellow is really bright and reflects a lot more light!

Getting closer

Getting closer

These frog with the daffodils were both captured with the same settings – ISO100, F4, 1/160sec with my 100mm macro lens on my crop body – for the second shot I moved closer – I wanted to emphasis something – as you become closer to your subject the depth of field becomes shallower … it makes is so hard when you are sharing information with other photographers – as what works for your camera body, your lens, your position to the lighting etc is unlikely to achieve the same results if they even just one of these factors.

A lizard on glass

A lizard on glass

We had other animals in the session other than frogs – there was a lizard … and although I captured a great expression – as a subject to experiment with, I found him less inspiring!

A bronze frog

A bronze frog

There was a different frog – who was the most amazing bronze colour under the speedlites. It was fun setting up a natural looking prop for him to sit on… but the dark background does not make it feel like a natural shot … but it is something that could be edited in.

On a rock

On a rock

A different background – and again, you can see the shallow depth of field on the rock, drawing you into the frog but look at how much more light is bounced around the picture because the rock is so much lighter in colour it reflects more light into the scene, it enables you to see the frog was let from above here as his shadow is almost directly underneath.

Blue tongue lizard

Blue tongue lizard

The blue tongue lizard had a bit more character but was huge – I had to admit defeat and with my 100mm lens (the equivalent of 160mm) – I had to be half a room away to get the whole thing in the image – however cause I am working in manual with the lights set up … I would have had the same lighting effect!

Instead I stayed close, blured the background and tried to ensure I had all his head and tongue in shot!

My tongue!

My tongue!

The close up of the tongue had to be done, and I am really pleased with the catch lights in his eyes!

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Studio shot of local paper

My final image – a sleeping lizard – all done in camera! The local paper was photographed last week, resized to be 35mm high and printed out – the lizard was known for not moving if you rested him on his back – so once in position we have him a scale down paper!

This is the shot to remind you that taking photos is suppose to be FUN!

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