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These wings were picked up when we were in Mpumalanga for vacation at "De Voedpadkloof". I positioned them and this was te result. Taken with Macro Filters. Some editing done with PS TOUCH.

Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Nov 2013 - 1:27 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Aperture:f/5
Shutter Speed:1/13sec
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash:Off, did not fire.
Title:Butterfly Wings
Username:Sone Sone
Uploaded:27 Nov 2013 - 6:51 AM
Tags:Black & white, Black and white, Close-up / macro
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2013 - 10:25 AM

Technically one of your best, but I wonder why you chose b&w here? I love b&w for shapes, lines, textures, when colour would get in the way of the real story. But while the texture is important here (like an oriental carpet in miniature...), it seems to me that colour leaves a big hole.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2013 - 2:07 PM

Sharp, strong, well composed but black and white. Never. Really should be in colour. Why take something as colourful as a butterfly and show it in shades of grey?
There seems to be this tendency to use mono almost because it is in fashion rather than the best way to go. Natural history should very rarely be in mono.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 27 Nov 2013 - 2:09 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2013 - 5:55 PM

I like the way you have filled the frame with the wings and allowed them to exist independently from their visual counterpart in real life.
As an abstract style of image, you were looking to capture something in a way that it would not usually be seen, giving the viewer a different perspective of the subject than would normally be seen, an unfamiliar view.

Although I tend to agree that colour would be good, the black and white emphasizes the detail, texture, shapes, patterns and form very well. But colour can sometimes detract from the texture in a case like this, unless it is quite subtle. I like the "softness" of the butterfly's scales, and it makes me want to reach out and touch them.

Pamela.

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