Reptiles have populated this planet for millions of years and yet they still have a certain mystique about them. The green tree python stands out with its luscious green colour and offers much more than just a significant first impression. With such a strong subject, the photographer must act strategically to achieve a balanced end result.
Joshua Sommerfeldt’s portfolio includes many exotic species but he is particularly fond of photographing snakes. “They are one of the most misunderstood animals,” he says. “I want to show people that snakes are actually amazing and don’t deserve their negative reputation. Negative interactions with humans are rare and most would rather flee than fight." he adds.
“I captured this animal in a low-light area so using a tripod or flash wasn’t an option. Fortunately, the Canon EOS RP copes well with high ISO. I was able to increase the ISO and the stabilization of the Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro lens allowed me to shoot handheld,” he says. The exposure was 1/13sec at f/8, with an ISO of 2500.
Joshua shot with a small aperture to create a greater depth of field. The image doesn’t feel cluttered and instead focuses on specific details to draw in the viewer’s eye. Perspective is also crucial and the macro lens allows a closer viewpoint that creates exciting insights.
When post-processing, it is important to highlight certain features but not overload the photo. To achieve a harmonious and interesting interaction, Joshua used Capture One to enhance the colors and contrast, then he removed distracting background elements in Photoshop to maintain the focus on the snake.
As a nature and animal photographer, Joshua 'Lowbass' Sommerfeldt has always been fascinated by the world of invertebrates and reptiles. He captures the often-overlooked creatures, showcasing their beauty and uniqueness. Joshua is the founder of The Web Creative Community, an online platform dedicated to educating and supporting creatives in their endeavors. Through this community, he has helped countless individuals connect with one another, share their knowledge, and grow their skills in the creative industry. With a passion for both photography and community building, Joshua is a true advocate for the power of art and collaboration.
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