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Going back through some old files I found this one, which I always felt was let down by the background, so I decided to replace it. I did try pure white but it was just too stark, so opted for a pale duck-egg blue. V2 is the original.

I think there is still some room for improvement, so mods and critique very welcome.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus EVOLT E-300
Lens:Sigma 105mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Aug 2010 - 5:23 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800, 800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Butterfly
Username:crookymonsta crookymonsta
Uploaded:25 Feb 2013 - 4:14 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Pets / captive animals
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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 4:30 PM

Great butterfly macro
Regards Brian

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 4:39 PM

Have to say I like the background of V.2, Sandra Wink Carol

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 5:06 PM

A beautiful capture and I think I agree with Carol, I quite like the background in version 2 too.

I was going to upload a mod, but I think you've forgotten to click the box! Smile

Last Modified By KarenFB at 25 Feb 2013 - 5:07 PM

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 7:29 PM

V2 for me Sandra!

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85908 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 8:13 PM

Works well Sandra

The noise in V2 has disappeared

Adrian

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2013 - 9:06 PM

A real beauty, Sandra, and well worth surfacing it and changing the background. It's beautifully composed.
You say, "I think there is still some room for improvement". The image looks a bit "washed out" to me, so I have done a modification where I simply adjusted Levels. The flower hasn't improved much, but I think it might benefit from using the Burn Brush. It doesn't matter too much, though, as long as the butterfly looks good. The Levels adjustment removed your delicate blue from the background, so I re-filled it with blue.
You missed some background in a few small areas, most significantly around the butterfly's legs, between the gaps. I filled these in, and a few other minor missed areas, and removed the white line all around the butterfly and flower, only visible when you zoom in, which was either created when sharpening, or when altering the background. It's always worth zooming in after changing the background, then you can deal with the little things that you didn't see before.
Pamela.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 4:45 PM

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you are featured e2 piccy at the moment
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 5:06 PM

Good job on the background. A little more contrast helps the butterfly, and why not consider framing at an angle, as in the mod. The feelers suffered in the mod, - you could do a better job with more time.



Regards



Willie

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 8:00 PM

Good one,
Johanna

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