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Modifications (3)


By crookymonsta
Going back through some old files I found this one, which I always felt was let down by the background, so I decided to replace it. I did try pure white but it was just too stark, so opted for a pale duck-egg blue. V2 is the original.

I think there is still some room for improvement, so mods and critique very welcome.

Tags: Flowers and plants Pets and captive animals

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25 Feb 2013 4:30PM
Great butterfly macro
Regards Brian

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
25 Feb 2013 4:39PM
Have to say I like the background of V.2, Sandra Wink Carol
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
25 Feb 2013 5:06PM
A beautiful capture and I think I agree with Carol, I quite like the background in version 2 too.

I was going to upload a mod, but I think you've forgotten to click the box! Smile
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 7:29PM
V2 for me Sandra!
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 8:13PM
Works well Sandra

The noise in V2 has disappeared

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 9:06PM
A real beauty, Sandra, and well worth surfacing it and changing the background. It's beautifully composed.
You say, "I think there is still some room for improvement". The image looks a bit "washed out" to me, so I have done a modification where I simply adjusted Levels. The flower hasn't improved much, but I think it might benefit from using the Burn Brush. It doesn't matter too much, though, as long as the butterfly looks good. The Levels adjustment removed your delicate blue from the background, so I re-filled it with blue.
You missed some background in a few small areas, most significantly around the butterfly's legs, between the gaps. I filled these in, and a few other minor missed areas, and removed the white line all around the butterfly and flower, only visible when you zoom in, which was either created when sharpening, or when altering the background. It's always worth zooming in after changing the background, then you can deal with the little things that you didn't see before.
26 Feb 2013 4:45PM
you are featured e2 piccy at the moment
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3527 Canada
26 Feb 2013 5:06PM
Good job on the background. A little more contrast helps the butterfly, and why not consider framing at an angle, as in the mod. The feelers suffered in the mod, - you could do a better job with more time.


27 Feb 2013 8:00PM
Good one,

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