Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

At home
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Since summer is coming, we tend to leave the windows open at night (with flyscreens). This beetle was trapped by stupidity. I took the flyscreen off and photographed it in place before it eventually rolled away.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 31/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/25" @ f/14/1, ISO 800

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Applied a preset called EFF Dragan 2, which gives the desaturated copper tone seen here. It sets fill light +100, blacks +100, clarity +50, vibrance -50 and saturation -50, no curves, sharpening +60 and noise reduction +60
  2. I dialed back the noise reduction, so the hairy detail was kept intact
  3. Crop some of the body away for better composition

The wash-up:

The whole-of-body shot was a bit boring but I was able to fix that by cropping.

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