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While taking the washing off the line these two remained on it and even let me grab a tripod.

Tech 1/125 @f11, remote release, tripod Benbow. Canon 100 Macro ISO 800

Camera:Canon 5D mk 11
Lens:Canon 100 macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sock it to me
Username:ensign ensign
Uploaded:1 Sep 2010 - 7:08 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Sock, White, Wildlife / nature
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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7845 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:32 AM

I think the photo is slightly under-exposed and the butterflies need more space around them.

I used levels to increase the tonal range and curves to adjust the contrast. I added extra canvas to the right and top and cloned the b/g to merge. I also darkened the b/g slightly.

I reduced the noise using the reduce noise filter.

I sharpened the butterflies and sleeve only using the smart sharpen filter.

If the b/g was selected so at the shot taking stage so it was all one colour, ie., grey-blue, then the butterflies would look better as they'd be more isolated in the photo and this would strengthen the image. The line behind them where the b/g changes colour is slightly distracting.

Alan.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:55 AM

One or two problems. Needs a little sharpening, but definately under exposed. These butterflies should be much whiter without loosing detail - I assume you shot on auto and much of the frame is light - thus under exposure.

You were shooting very nearly a flat plane, so I would have gone for 2 stops less ISO - 200 - to improve quality. I know 800 is great on a 5D, but 200 is better. You could have easily got away with 1/60 @ f5.6 on a tripod.

Paul

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ensign
ensign e2 Member 7181 forum postsensign vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 6:38 PM

Hi Both Thanks for taking the time to view and comment on the image. As usual all comments are welcome.
Bernard

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acousticmist
3 Sep 2010 - 10:02 AM

A lovely image, well done......Martin

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