@Chris_Baird , Thank you for the review and comments. You are right there was a lot of noise. I haven’t developed a consistent workflow for dealing with noise, but here is a re-work. I also added some bark to the LLC and I do think it helps.
This species of snake has a red, coppery body that is not camouflaged at all, except that at the head, which is all you see here, it becomes mottled and darker, which does allow it to hide better when peaking around corners.
Thanks for the input, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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While walking through a nearby mesquite forest, with a friend, we were startled by a roadrunner jumping off the trunk of this tree. We watched the roadrunner, which quickly disappeared, but then looking back up at the tree, we saw the the red racer (coachwhip) moving along the limbs and around the trunk of the tree . We got several shots of the snake as it moved through the tree and assumed the roadrunner was trying to get to this snake, although it was about 5 to 6 feet long.
Focused on the snake in the field, it wasn’t until I was looking at the image for processing that I saw the tree lizard hiding on the trunk. Looks like the lizard is trying to decide to hide or run for it.
Choice to crop?
Anything regarding processing choices, exposure, sharpening…
Sorry, this second photo is the one I intended to post. The first one has a mask to highlight the lizard, The second one is without the mask, since this is a camouflage challenge:) I am of
sure how to delete the first one?
Processing in LR for exposure, color and sharpness.
Image is cropped to bring out the lizard as the co-subject. In the uncropped image, the snake stretches out on a limb for several feet to the left of the tree trunk