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    Default Red crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga)

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    Taken on the banks of the Chambal River

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    Olympus E-M1X
    Lens focal length : 420 mm
    Focal length in 35 mm film : 841.0mm
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    ISO 640
    Exposure bias : -0.3 EV
    Exposure time : 1/1250 sec
    F number : F10

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    Hi Jon, perhaps not the greatest of environments and the species not so exotic, but hey you nailed the detail here and great to see a new subject posted.

    Good call on the DoF, in old money f/13???? I think you were about right in position, go more to the left and that dam twig would be in the centre, go right you may have been more parallel to the neck bit the FG would be too in your face, but perhaps then you could have gone portrait? Certainly the detail is exquisite on the head and neck, with a hint of motion blur in that leg which I like, just a little touch.

    I'm probably way off, but I just wonder if adding some more tonal range helps, ie shell & head to emphasis what you capture. WB looks bang on, although I might be tempted to remove the twig and stone.

    Perhaps somewhere between the two, or bin the RP????

    TFS
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    Hello Jon,

    Love it! Pose is very cool from the little chap and I like the way he fills the frame, good image design and BG is also nice.

    Sharpness and detail look good, especially eye and those wrinkles on the neck. Agree with Steve on twig and stone, but of course it's up to you.

    Really enjoyed this, thank you Jon for sharing
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Steve & Gabriela, a stealthy approach allowed fairly close proximity, the stick and stone can stay for me, my interest was the head and neck. I did do some adjustments to get a little more detail and the carapace was covered in the sand/mud, it was highly reflective. I think your repost is good Steve a definite improvement - did you use curves or blending to achieve this improvement in detail?

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    did you use curves or blending to achieve this improvement in detail?
    Both, plus a Levels blend too, all with masking.

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    [QUOTE=Steve Kaluski;1229336]Both, plus a Levels blend too, all with masking.[/QUOTEI
    I guess the levels was using the gamma slider??

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    Hi Jon .... purely from the technical POV , i think this is the best image posted since your move to Olympus .

    Good to see something different , and you have done well in terms of PP work .
    I do like the framing and the subject being in a nice pose . Well done in the field to get this shot !!!

    Steve´s RP has taken it up a notch .

    TFS Andreas

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    Hi Jon -- Like everyone else , I too feel this is the best from your Olympus till now. Great details in the face and neck. Looks like difficult settings to get them in the clear but you have done well on the field. I liked this image for the detail that you managed to get in the subject and that clear eye of the amphibian.

    Nicely done.

    TFS !

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    Neat looking turtle. Little tight for me but no deal breaker. Looks like that turtle has been out of the water for a little while.

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