Stills V3

June 5, 2012

The hermit

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 12:25

Hermit crab, Malapascua, Philippines, May 2012


  1. Outer darkness. A creature dressed in a Christmas pantomime costume walking on a lunar landscape. This is a photo that offers a viewer many routes for imagination to follow. I’m sure that as a natural history shot it is very good – as a photo it transcends that.

    Comment by zavaell — June 6, 2012 @ 06:25

  2. I like the hint of green in the background, it helps create the environment. I’m not a fan of flash images where the flash separates the subject from everything else. It does look as though it is carrying a lawn on its back!

    Comment by Rex — June 9, 2012 @ 12:20

  3. John, thanks for the comment. It is one of my challenges to make these underwater shots a bit more than pure natural history.

    Rex, separation from the background here caused by ambient light: there was none as this was a night dive. I agree with you in general, though, about complete background separation. During the day, I look to have just enough background from this sort of shot to create the environment even if in dark tones.

    Comment by doonster — June 9, 2012 @ 15:22

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