This is the first lizard and at first he was cute relaxed on the log but once he warmed up he was really hard to focus on as he kept running up and down and nearly off the table.
I love how he is coming towards me along the log and how the colours complement each other. At F8 I would have expected a deeper depth of field but I forget that the closer I am to the object the shallower it is – I could not move further back as if I did I had no chance of capturing him when he tried to escape.
He escaped and he liked my hand. I had never held a lizard before and asked one of the other photographers to capture the moment … there was the slight issure when he pressed the shutter button and nothing happen as I have back button focus turned up – but he did capture these.
Out of my comfort zone handling lizards and frogs as well as working with studio lights … if you are local you really should come along and have a go at the next session… it was great fun. They are thinking of spiders at some point in the future… I am not sure I will handle those!
The facial expressions on the chameleon were amazing. I found him a real challenge to shoot cause his eyes were moving everywhere in all different directions or were closed and I wanted his eyes open as it made a much stronger image. The colours are really vibrant and being so close to him with my macro lens gives a really interesting feel to the image.
This is a candid shot in the studio, there are two speedlit i different sorts of diffusers lighting the creature on the table and the photographers take it in turns to compost their images.Behind them is a white studio wall.
One of my aims was to get close – this is a close up of the Chameleon – his eye is open and I feel he is looking directly into my soul, from the side he looks a little grumpy and you can see how well he is holding onto the stick. I think all his little scales have so much detail and texture it is a privilege to be able to be so close.
This is the other lizard on a log on a dark background. The log is really textured and is soo incredibly messy… there are marks, cobwebs, slim and all sort of things all over it – which actyally make it quite distracting … it almost competes with the texture of the lizard.
Same settings as the image above – but for the image below I moved further back and captured the whole lizard. I wish he would have turned his head slightly more to look at me, but I liked the curve of his body shape.
Same settings again and a different angle, the light has captured his much better, he has great detail on his face and a lovely catch light in his eye, you can see that I have moved closer but not as close as in the first of these three images.
Removing the log completely and putting him straight on the surface enabled us to see some amazing reflections. He looks vibrant, there is a great catch light in his eye and it is sharp, I should have included more room for his tale and experimented with a narrower aperture – but then the marks on the table surface would have been even more prominent.
Interestingly the lizard did not like the shiny surface as much – he had nothing to grip onto, so some of his postures looked really unnatural as his body spread out.
A final image – the Chameleon against a black background, he is slightly back lit and his colours look more vibrant than on the white, it is slightly disappointing that his tale falls out of focus, and he is not looking at me but the chameleon and I are not quite on the same plane so as his tale is slightly further away and I am working close, I loose the detail on it.
I really need to experiment with narrower apertures when working close up and I never seem to remember. However I feel I have learnt a lot already and am feeling more confident with manual mode with my ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture triangle, and am going to use my flashes off camera more often….
Looking at these images I am struggling to decide which one I should enter into my next camera club competition – which one do you think? Leave your comment below…
I had a great evening taking photos, and a great day editing them – hence this post was split over two days, the actual session takes place on a Thursday evening – the group have more sessions planned which I am going to be talking about in due course including:
- Studio portraits
- Painting with Light
- Boudoir Photography (OMG – that is so out of my comfort zone – but what an opportunity)
- Male Models (again out of my comfort zone – but is has got to be done!)
So if you are reading my blog, and don’t live too far from me and want to come along to learn something different about your camera … why not come and try too. I am happy to share details….