Your Photo: Our Critique

Jeff submitted this photo, taken with a Nikon D80 at 180 sec, f/16, one in front from a 45-degree angle and one in back to separate the frog from the background. The subject matter is unique and I am amazed the frog stayed in place. The back light did as intended separating and defining the frog from behind, the front light could have used a snoot or a gobo, something to block it from hitting so much of the black velvet to give you a more uniformed black if that was your intent.

Jeff submitted this photo, taken with a Nikon D80 at 180 sec, f/16, ISO 100. Two SB600 flashes were used; one in front from a 45-degree angle and one in back to separate the frog from the background. The subject matter is unique and I am amazed the frog stayed in place. The back light did as intended separating and defining the frog from behind, the front light could have used a snoot or a gobo, something to block it from hitting so much of the black velvet to give you a more uniformed black if that was your intent. I would suggest a wider aperture creating a more shallow depth of field as long as your shutter speed doesn't exceed the synch speed of your speedlights.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets four and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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