Alexandru_Todor
Alexandru_Todor

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7 Comments | Report
Alexandru_Todor
 
Alexandru_Todor February 19, 2018
That is very kind of you, thanks!
FMarlatt PRO
 
FMarlatt March 25, 2018
Wonderful capture!
Alexandru_Todor
Alexandru_Todor April 06, 2018
Thank you!
Alexandru_Todor
 
Alexandru_Todor July 26, 2018
Thank you for the kind comments! :)
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady July 26, 2018
The eyes appear so sinister great shot
nekochan007
 
nekochan007 September 23, 2018
Wow !!!
Spysqueen
 
Spysqueen March 11, 2019
wow this is absolutely amazing. great shot
Alexandru_Todor
Alexandru_Todor March 17, 2019
Thank you!
BiggShots Ultimate
 
BiggShots April 10, 2019
Wow, an incredible croc photo! I am a gator person (as you'd see in my page). Being able to shoot pics of croc's would be amazing!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo while visiting the Tropicarium in Budapest. It's a place that shows all kinds of aqatic life, from reptiles to fish, to aquatic birds and more. A great place to take photos of some exotic animals that you wouldn't find normally.
Time
This was taken a bit after noon, around 1 o'clock, however the time of day didn't really affect the photo in any way, being a closed enviroment.
Lighting
As I said above, the photo was taken inside so I only had the artificial lighting to work with. I usually don't like using flash because I feel it changes the original scene too much. This is also because I only have the built-in flash to work with. For darker scenes such as this I prefer to pump up the ISO enough for me to get the shutter speed I want, even if that means a little noise. In this case flash would have been a bad option anyway because the subject was behind glass so all I would have gotten was the reflection.
Equipment
I took this photo with my Nikon D3100 and the kit lens and nothing else. I was still at the begining of my photographical journey and this was all I had.
Inspiration
When I went to the Tropicarium, I didn't have any particular photo in mind. I was just hoping for some shots of exotic wildlife. As I was passing by the tank in which this little guy was in I immediately knew the shot I wanted. He was just floating there with his head above the water and I was hoping he wouldn't move 'till I got the shot. Everyone was close to the window and I figured one might bang on it and scare him, but I got lucky and he posed for me.
Editing
I shoot in raw and as I said, I don't like using flash. Because of this I pump up my ISO to what I feel is an acceptable noise level. So I usually underexpose my shots in cases like these to keep the noise levels down and I bring back the exposure in post, which is what I did here. Other than that, I removed some of the noise, boosted the contrast a bit and the shadows and played around with the vibrance to bring out the colours a bit.
In my camera bag
I'm still relatively a beginner so there's not very much. I have upgraded to a D7200, which is my main camera now, paired with a Sigma 17-50 f:2.8. This is what I take with me always. Sometimes I also bring with me my Nikon 35mm 1.8 and the Tamron 70-300 f1:4-5.6 macro.
Feedback
Don't use flash because all you'll get is reflections. If possible, bring a camera with better ISO performance. And most importantly, look around and visualize the shot you want and hope you get lucky and your subject cooperates. Good luck!

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