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I am really pleased with the butterfly itself just such a busy background, not sure any amount of Photoshop could sort it out not with my skill level anyway. Would still welcome any comments though

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG Macro HSM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2011 - 10:17 AM
Focal Length:180mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Swallowtail
Username:Andy_brown Andy_brown
Uploaded:8 Sep 2013 - 7:14 AM
Tags:Buttefly, Close-up / macro
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senn
senn e2 Member 2senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 7:45 AM

great compo and effective crop .. skilfully lit and detailed

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TonyDy
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8 Sep 2013 - 9:13 AM

Fantastic shot, Andy.
Tony

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom827 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 9:27 AM

Why would you want to sort the background. It is entirely natural and thus acceptable. Some of the others that use this section need to look at this to see what a decent close up/macro should look like.

Paul

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livinglevels
livinglevels e2 Member 2livinglevels vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 12:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Fabulous detail on the butterfly and to me the background is good and provides important habitat information.

As always there are two different stiles of image that work well with this subject and you have executed this very well. Alternatively you could have selected a larger aperture say F5.6 or F4 and increased the shutter speed. This would have thrown the background more out of focus and reduced any risk of camera shake or the butterfly moving during image capture. The only compromise this would have brought is that with the reduced depth of field, anything off the focal plane would not be sharp and you may have lost focus on the antennae (as well as the herbage). This is a greater challenge when using a full frame sensor as the depth of field is already reduced by the effect of the sensor size.

IN SUMMARY - GREAT SHOT REALLY LIKE IT; JUST VERY JEALOUS THAT YOU FOUND THIS RARE BUTTERFLY!!!

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NigelKiteley e2 Member 4NigelKiteley vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 12:44 PM

Stunning colours and detail in this amazing butterfly which i have yet to see in the UK.

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Niknut
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8 Sep 2013 - 5:16 PM

Gorgeous shot !!.....impressive quality !

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pamelajean Critique Team 8691 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1533 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2013 - 6:09 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

What a beauty, Andy.
I am in agreement with others, the background doesn't seem too distracting.
However, I feel that one small improvement would be to blur those bits of foliage that are in focus on the right side.
I have done this in my modification by freehand selecting the area, adding gaussian blur and then tidying up any "joins" that are showing around the selected area, using the smudge and soften tools in PSP.
Pamela.

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Jestertheclown

This looks slightly underexposed to me and the histogram barely reaches the RHS.

A slight tweak in curves, as in my mod.

Bren..

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9716 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2673 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2013 - 12:39 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a very nice shot. You either shoot a butterfly from the side, with wings up, - this is your best bet for an uncluttered background; or you shoot from above when their wings are flat, like this, so you will always get baclgrounf included, and its natural.


The areas to blur or clone are the ones that are as sharp as the subkect, and theres a couple of them

I would crop this as a landscape format, and tilt the shot to have the insect placed diagonally.

it is a little underexposed, - exactly as youve dialled in the EC, but it didnt need it. I iagine you wanted to protect highlights. It does look better a bit brighter, with more vibrant colours.

Use the blur tool carefully on the background if you want to emphasise the butterfly, but its not really needed.

Ive done it in the mod just to show the difference. The main change though I would suggest are the crop, and adjust brightness. View large.


Hope this helps,



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 9 Sep 2013 - 12:39 AM

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Andy_brown

Thanks all will be playing with the image to see if I can just tone down the background a smidge as this is another picture I mat get printed and framed

Ta

Andy

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