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02/07/2010 - 11:20 PM

Large Skipper on Wye Downs

Large Skipper on Wye DownsWell spotted with lots of interesting colours and details, though at this size it's hard to judge what's sharply in focus.

I'd say by the direction of the background leaves that you took this in the portrait position, but have turned it so it's now landscape format?

I've switched orientation in my modification, went in for a slightly closer crop, cloned out the distracting bright spot near the wing and darkened the blodge at the bottom so the stem stands out more. Notice how the subtle diagonals in the background splay out to frame your subject, while the seedhead now enters the frame instead of falls out of it.
29/06/2010 - 9:30 PM

foxglove

foxgloveYou can never get too close to flowers! Getting up close reveals details that would not catch our eye otherwise. You do have to be particularly careful and watch for distractions though. In this case it's the green leaves that intrude.

You could be brutal and snip the stem off, then arrange the blossoms to your requirements, maybe play with different lighting effects too.