After The Rain

Jason Green

Croydon, Australia

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Here we go with the B&W Selenium tone again… =)

Rather than rambling on about how this is so unusual compared to the style of photograph that I usually publish (I admit, this whole Selenium thing is growing on me… takes me right back to the days of film and darkrooms), let me tell you a story about what happened while I was capturing this image.

LEECHES!

Yup, I felt a little sting on the webbing between my right right ring/little fingers while the camera was capturing the bracketed exposures… looked down to see this little, black, slug-like thing attached there… and it was growing! Despite having never seen a real, live leech before, I knew what it was.

Having quit smoking about a year ago, I didn’t have matches or a cigarette lighter on me… nor did I have any salt, vinegar, shampoo or alcohol (funnily enough). So, I had to get rid of it the fun way… by forcefully removing its sucker with one fingernail whilst encouraging its slimy little body away with another.

Having removed the one obvious leech, I became quite paranoid and had to inspect every inch of my exposed skin. I found another four after that (none of which had attached themselves to me and started feeding – making them easy to remove), which was enough encouragement for me to get up off the rainforest floor and onto the nearby decking for the remainder of the shoot.

Technical Data:

  1. Canon EOS 450D camera;
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens @ 18mm
  3. 8.0sec @ f/8.0 (ISO 100)
  4. Hoya PRO1D CPL filter
  5. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  6. Remote Shutter Release

Process:

  1. HDR generated from 3 exposures (0, +/-2ev) using Photomatix Pro 4.0;
  2. Corrections applied using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended;
  3. B&W and Selenium Tone applied using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3.

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