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A Really Goooooood CRAB Portrait.

Crispin  Gardner IPA

Roseville, Australia

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I know, I know, you’ve all been waiting for THE crab photo. Well here it is. Out of 324 shots I really fell in love with this one.
Incredible creatures crabs, they can be very hard to capture, especially with pesky
paparazzi watching your every move.
Anyway, I think you’ll agree, I really nailed this little sucker. I mean, look into those eyes. The way it’s saying, “dam, how did you sneak up on me like that without me noticing”. I must admit, I had to draw on all my years of photographic experience to get this close without it noticing me. I’m actually thinking of writing a book on my stealthy techniques but that will have to wait for another time.
This photo is available for sale in limited edition signed prints and will be limited to only 20,000 copies, so don’t wait too long to get yours. To the first 5000 to buy the signed L/E print I will include my panoramic crab photo series at absolutely no extra cost.
I have a toll free number 1800GETCRABS to facilitate multiple purchases.

Equipment used in crab hunting expedition:-

1 x Canon 5D MarkII – Mark II – strap removed to help eliminate camera shake caused by windy conditions and also catching on craggy rocks when in stealth mode.
Canons EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS USM –
Focal length 173mm – I probably should have switched to the 180mm Macro lens I got that close to this fella but decided against it due to not wanting to damage the crab habitat, so withdrew to a much safer distance. We pros do have set examples for the young guns.
You notice how I still only used a focal length of 173mm I was that close!!
f 6.3 – To really draw the focus on those surprised eyes.
Exposure 1/800 sec. Need for speed to catch the crafty crab!
ISO – 400 – To help STOP the action.
Shot in mono – I think portraits work better in B&W.
Mode – manual – You really do have to think on the run with these guys as they dart in and out of the crooks and cranny’s, and sun and shade, so no option but to shoot in manual. Has taken years of practice but I think the results speak volumes.
Domke Photo Jacket – you can never have too many pockets. Also helps to stand out a bit so people can see there is a professional at work and won’t disturb you at that critical moment.

No crabs were hurt in the production of this wonderful image.

This was shot on location at Whale Beach, 100mts from car park, NSW Australia.

Thanks for looking – best viewed bloody large.

cheers, Crispin.

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