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I am wondering how this image would be viewed and scored (out of 20) by a judge in a club-level competition. What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:ef100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM+close-up lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Aug 2012 - 11:17 AM
Focal Length:115mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Small skipper butterfly feeding
Username:czech czech
Uploaded:19 Aug 2012 - 9:24 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.
banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2796 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2012 - 10:13 PM

A lot will depend on the individual judge, but here goes.

Im impressed that you obtained quite a good, well detailed shot using a close up lens in front of a large zoom.

The shot itself:

Exposure is quite good. Good detail in the butterfly. A little over-saturated in the yellows, - not uncommon, but can be de saturated a little.

Composition:

The image has the subject in the middle, though the crop, being close to square, is not square. If you want square, make sure its square, and try to have the subject out of the middle. A better approach might be a landscape rule of thirds crop. I think this is the area where the image would lose most marks.

Content:

Very good, clear butterfly with good flower detail, nice close shot.


Ive uploaded 2 versions of crops as a suggestion; toned down yellow a little, and applied a small amount if sharpening.



Hope this helps,



regards



Willie

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 9:48 AM

Nice picture but I will go along with Willie's comments above. I will add a third - see my mod uploaded where I have removed (hastily) the other bits of flower heads to leave just the one with the skipper on it.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 1:26 PM

I have no problem with exposure or composition but wonder about definition. Nothing is critically sharp. That might be compression/internet problems but you are at about 180mm and, i assume, hand held. The magnification factor here will reduce the effectiveness of any IS system by increasing shake on an unsupported lens, assuming you were unsupported of course.

Then there is the CU lens - not usually the best way to macro and definately not on a zoom, even a supeb quality unit such as yours.

Close up lenses need to be dedicated to the lens in use and of very high quality. If you are keen on macro you need a fixed focal length macro lens of 100 tp 150mm.

Paul

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czech
czech  2 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 - 6:24 PM

Dear Willie, Frank and Paul,

Thank you all very much for your constructive feedback.

Czech

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czech
czech  2 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 - 10:45 AM

Close up lenses need to be dedicated to the lens in use and of very high quality. Paul
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Paul, when you say 'dedicated' do you mean e.g. that a Canon lens needs to have a Canon close-up lens?

Czech

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