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By Hage
taken in the mid day

Tags: Butterfly Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2010 4:22PM
A good attempt and nice colours, but needs to be a bit sharper. A 70/300 is not a good macro tool, particularly if you were at 300mm, 450mm on your Nikon and if you had no support. A tripod or, at least a monopod is needed to hold everything still.

You could try high ISO, but if you are going to hand hold you need at least 1/500 second - I would prefer double that, and a smaller aperture to increase depth of field.


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clicknimagine 8 223 89 India
26 Aug 2010 4:29PM
very colorful species, but the cluttered background is somehow derogating the quality, and apparently it looks like a grab shot,

i don't know the shot settings, can you provide it?...
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
26 Aug 2010 10:25PM
I rather like the overall simplicity of this.

Unfortunately, the background's quite "busy" and most of it's nearly the same colour as the butterfly.
I've uploaded a mod. in which (I hope!) I've improved the composition but the original's just a bit soft so, although I've sharpened it, the sharpening's got lost in the enlarging. A touch more contrast might help or a tweak in shadows/highlights perhaps.
I've also cloned out the spiky green thing on the right.
Hope this is OK.

Hage 8 1 Lebanon
27 Aug 2010 8:00AM
hey thanks, i my self find this picture out of focus the problem is that for such a picture i used a 70-300mm lens i think it was not the best choice, this was taken in a normal suny day with a shutter of 1/200 and F10..... please clicknimagine if you can guide on this.
clicknimagine 8 223 89 India
27 Aug 2010 7:45PM
you can see so many macro works uploaded in this site on the daily basis, if you see, you will certainly notice that the background of their images are uncluttered,

if you are serious enough for macro photography, you can invest in purchasing a true macro lens (1:1), the lens you are using can also produce decent images, what you have to do, you should take care of light and background,

a tripod can provide much more help for macro photography by the way of reducing the possibility of blur caused by shaking of hand, as well as a tripod can give you the possibility of employing slower shutter speed, which may often be necessary for macro photography due to insufficient light,

move your camera close to the insect as far as possible, but some insects like butterfly here are more active throughout the day than at the morning before sunrise or after the sunset, so if you choose proper time of the day you can go close to the insect otherwise it will be very difficult here,

ok, if i critique on the image,( but hardly there is any scope to tell you the correct setting for this kind of shot unless you take the above advice ), f/10 is certainly not necessary here, which has forced you down the shutter speed resulting a blur caused by hand holding the camera with insufficient shutter speed,

wish you best of luck for your future works...

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