Gator's Eye





People's Choice in Just Under the Surface Photo Challenge
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Superb Composition
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Outstanding Creativity
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EfrenBuenrostro February 18, 2015
I love the reflection in the water!
EfrenBuenrostro February 18, 2015
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EfrenBuenrostro February 18, 2015
I love the reflection in the water
joycealicesmith May 01, 2016
Great detail! Congratulations on winning People's Choice!
ashleylong_3815 June 08, 2019
Great photo!

Behind The Lens

This photograph was made at a pond in Fontainebleau state park in Louisiana.
I was there, if I remember correctly, around 2-3pm.
I had absolutely no control over the lighting. I had just brought my camera to the park with me and found this image there.
This was shot on my old Nikon D3100 with a 70-300 f4-5.6 Sigma macro lens.
This gator popped up in the water probably looking for food. I am assuming that people feed him even though there are signs saying not to. He got pretty close to me. At one point I was probably 5-7 feet away from him. This was one of many photographs that I made with this animal. I thought that his eyes would be the coolest part about it.
I did basic light and color correction. I also enhanced the eye with a touch up brush. I brought the exposure, highlights, clarity, and sharpness up on it specifically. I did similar corrections to the reflection.
In my camera bag
Typically when I have my bag on me I have my Nikon D7100 these days, a 50mm f1.8, a 35mm f1.8, and a 70-300 f4-5.6 macro lens. Sometimes I will carry a flash with me if I think I might need it.
I tried not to disturb this animal. Since it was a taken in a popular state park, it was very used to humans and did not feel threatened by me. This allowed me to get very close. I was making sure that I was on my feet and ready to move just in case. I took multiple photos of this alligator, most of which look quite different. The best tip I can give is to keep trying different angles. Rotate 360 degrees around and 180 degrees up and down if possible until you find the best composition.

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