What post-processing do you do?

November 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Violet SnailViolet SnailWhenever there are large numbers of bluebottles around these predacious snails wont be far behind. They use a raft of bubbles to float on the ocean surface in search of bluebottles and other floating hydrozoans to feed on. Should the bubble raft be burst the snail will sink to certain death in the depths below. Often these snails are found covered on barnacles too, they just hang on and come along for the ride! I shot this using a mixture of flash and slow shutter ambient light exposure, hence the sharp but blurry thing going on.

Post process is kept to a minimum, as I like my images to stay faithful to the subject. The only things that may be changed are white balance, contrast and saturation in moderation. I keep all of my wildlife photography true to subject; I’m not a big fan of over processed images, especially when trying record the natural wonders of nature.

I prefer to enter photography competitions that limit image manipulation so that it's a level playing field for pure photography skills, not Photoshop skills. Most of the respectable natural history comps are based on pure photography such as the BBC/NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

I like to experiment with light and unconventional methods of photography. Often the cost is missing great images.... but sometimes it pays off with an image that was previously unimaginable.


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