Red Eared Slider; Turtle No. 2
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has very accommodating and curious turtles. Though from the expression on the face of this turtle, I believe he looks a little bored.
This shot was slated as my pick of the week last week, until I realized, after doing turtle research, my shot of Baby Nimbus (white loggerhead turtle) was special. I blogged about that cute little fellow several days ago so now this guy has my full attention. I’m told that it’s a Red Eared Slider and looking at photos on-line I think that’s correct.
To capture this image in the near dark building, I pushed the ISO on my camera all the way to 3200. When I opened the image in Photoshop I expected noise to be a problem. And of course, it was. I really liked the image and rather than spend a lot of time trying to reduce the noise, I decided to embrace it. I added two textures to the image, the first by Kim Klassen — Soft Shale (soft light mode, 40% opacity, layer mask around the turtle). The second texture, by SkeletalMess — Softly Aged Black and White (multiply mode, 100% opacity, layer mask applied to certain areas to darken). The second layer positioned above the first.
Shot with 24-105mm lens at 35mm, ISO3200, f4.0, exposure compensation -.33. View large.