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Saw these buggers and thought I had to take a picture of them.
Comments welcome - in particular, suggestions on how to do better next time. I obviously didn't use a macro lens for either of them. I was testing me Olympus OM-D EM-5, and the only telephoto I had was the 40-150, which I used in both cases.
First picture was handheld, using only available light. I focused to 300mm 35mm equivalency, set to f5.6 (DOF equivalent of f/11), ISO 800. I suppose a tripod would have been better, and perhaps more DOF. This is also almost a 50% crop. I should have been closer, in retrospect. I also played around a lot in PS, trying to further defocus out of focus elements, playing with vibrance/saturation/levels, and adding a Color Efex polarization effect. (I oddly didn't use a polarizer when I first took the picture!!!). I also probably should darken the out of focus element out in front.
Second was a mistake. I'd seen several land crabs around, after a wide angle shot, but they almost all disappeared before I could get the tele on. I rushed to get this one, and got this, originally massively underexposed and at ISO 6400 (280mm 35mm equivalent focal length). Post processing was adding about 1.66 stops in exposure, plaing with the color balance and levels some. Given all that, I don't think it's too bad, and I like how some of the area around the crab is (if unintentionally) around to give a sense of what environment it lives in.
© MarcG19 2012
Crab in Tidepool, Izu Peninsula, Japan
© MarcG19 2012
Land Crab, Izu Peninsula, Japan