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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
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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.
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.
Hi Both Thanks for taking the time to view and comment on the image. As usual all comments are welcome.
A lovely image, well done......Martin
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