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photoblog image The Line - House of Snail #1

The Line - House of Snail #1

 

One of my kids found a house of a snail, such a simple smooth one which you find easily at the beaches in Belgium, Holland or France. When he went to bed it was my time to play with the snail. FYI: the house was already empty when he found it, so no animals got abused.

 

 

TECH-INFO: I have read in a photography magainze that many beginning photographers use the light coming from behind them (so front light) when shooting macro. Many times they use harsh sun light. I decided to do the opposite. I positioned myself in front a large window to get very very soft back light. When it comes from that direction it easily enhances the structures of your subject, making it almost 3D and rendering lots of detail.

 

The only macro lens I have is a 35mm but a good friend of the photograpy club Blandia owns a fantastic Tamron 90mm. Normally you use a tripod for macro but here I did some test shots hand held. This one turned to be excellent. I have more images of the snail house but shot with a tripod. As you can see the f/5.6 aperture renders a very thin in-focus-plane. This one runs perfectly through the top of the house. Lucky shot or excellent manual focus skills? Probably a combination :-)

 

RAW converted in DxO Optics Pro (it was a stop underexposed but easily corrected). In Photoshop I I added a couple gradient layers to brighten the left top and darken the right bottom. With the high pass filter I selectively made the in-focus parts even sharper (choose high pass filter, select a radius of 4 pix to affect only the already sharp parts, pick overlay blending mode and add a mask to apply it only on the in-focus line). Contrast is boosted which saturated the house a bit too much. Using the B/W tool I desaturated it partly.

The Line - House of Snail #1

 

One of my kids found a house of a snail, such a simple smooth one which you find easily at the beaches in Belgium, Holland or France. When he went to bed it was my time to play with the snail. FYI: the house was already empty when he found it, so no animals got abused.

 

 

TECH-INFO: I have read in a photography magainze that many beginning photographers use the light coming from behind them (so front light) when shooting macro. Many times they use harsh sun light. I decided to do the opposite. I positioned myself in front a large window to get very very soft back light. When it comes from that direction it easily enhances the structures of your subject, making it almost 3D and rendering lots of detail.

 

The only macro lens I have is a 35mm but a good friend of the photograpy club Blandia owns a fantastic Tamron 90mm. Normally you use a tripod for macro but here I did some test shots hand held. This one turned to be excellent. I have more images of the snail house but shot with a tripod. As you can see the f/5.6 aperture renders a very thin in-focus-plane. This one runs perfectly through the top of the house. Lucky shot or excellent manual focus skills? Probably a combination :-)

 

RAW converted in DxO Optics Pro (it was a stop underexposed but easily corrected). In Photoshop I I added a couple gradient layers to brighten the left top and darken the right bottom. With the high pass filter I selectively made the in-focus parts even sharper (choose high pass filter, select a radius of 4 pix to affect only the already sharp parts, pick overlay blending mode and add a mask to apply it only on the in-focus line). Contrast is boosted which saturated the house a bit too much. Using the B/W tool I desaturated it partly.

comments (4)

  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 29 Jul 2010, 15:22
Very nice shot and thank you for the explanation! I'm a big fan of macro so the tech info really really helps me.
Makes an unexpectedly appealing image, Paul - very nicely done.
What a very small line of focus! This in itself makes the photo interesting.
Very good DOF here.

Sorry I have been absent for a while. Home situation makes me focus on health. I hope to be able to come by a bit more often from now on.
LightningPaul: I'm glad you're back. I'm having a (too) busy period myself. I wish you all the best for your health.

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