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Overread's Gallery Comments
I've been looking at this macro shot for some time, even looking at the large version, but something seems off to my eye. It might just be that this butterfly has vastly different colourings to the ones I am used to seeing, but if you look at the wing closest to the camera around the shoulder, lower bpdy and in some areas back along the length of the wing there is a really odd colouring - the like I normaly see when I pull the levels or curves lines a little too much on one direction.
I love the "looking at you" effect this shot has - a great angle to shoot from and well composed as well. A great shame that your ISO was so high though.
I do like the colouring in this shot - have a very real feeling to it which we don't often see much in digital shooting as was seen in the film era
I can't tell what settings you were using, but I suspect a wide open aperture combined with a shutter speed that was as fast as you could go - with a little underexposing as well for more speed. It looks like your focus is good and that you captured the moment, but even with underexposing for a faster speed (assuming this) the shutter has just not been quick enough.
Thanks Adam, especaily the point about the leg brightness aspect - I recently came across some info about brightness in a shot and how it attracts the eye of the viewer (been watching Zack Aries crit videos on his website) though haven't really started applying that thinking to my current works. I might try darkening that leg a bit so that it no longer stands out as much.
Many thanks for the input both - I do agree on the depth of field point and I can certainly see the benefit of cropping closer ot try and reduce this large foreground out of focus area.
I would agree with that comment on the whites - even on the camera histogram they were showing blown out results. I have used flash for fill on some occasions and then underexposed to get the whites undercontrol whilst having the flash for filling in the missing light - it all sounds good in theory, but I need to put more practice into it (at least she was a lot easier to work with than the black cat was!)
Thanks for the advice all!
Thanks CB - must say I agree with your edit - highlights are something that I still really have to get on top of in shots - either at the shooting or the editing. I did increase shadows a bit before uploading - though perhaps I should be a bit more harsh with it at times.
ahh thanks for the input Cath - I do like what you did with the edit and its opend up a new editing method for me as well (hardly ever used many of the overlay modes before) but I do like the effect in your edit - darker and richer colours - especailly in the upper areas with the blue - thanks
Thanks for the input all - getting closer through hides and feeders is definatly something that I intend to do - heck if I get close enough I might be able to shift down to the 1.4TC (I can dream can't I ).