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Butterfly World

By gavmorein
A butterfly in its natural habitat just stayed on the flower long enough for me to get a shot of it! Thanks you're beautiful.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
10 Jan 2010 3:36PM
A good shot and i like the vivid use of colour, however i would have not cropped in so tight on the subject as it is nice to see some space around the butterfly. I like the clear background the detail captured.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
10 Jan 2010 5:02PM
Hi Gavin,

Its a good close-up, but as fish mentioned above its a bit too cramped in the frame.

Two mods for you, forst is some general tweaks to improve it overall, second is a rough example of a better crop.

I have balanced the colour, - used curves to set a white point, then desaturated about - 15, - seems to be over saturated on my screen. Then sharpened quite a bit, - you need to sharpen after you re size. My USM setting were: Amount = 80%; Radius - 0.8; Threshold = 3.

Second mod has more space bottom and right to lift the head out of the corner, - done quickly, so it doesnt look pretty.

Hope you find this constructive and helpful,


shawpaul 13 7 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 9:12PM
Hope my little way of adjustment gives you some more idea's - Many thanks Paul
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 2:53PM
Neither here nor there. The only plane of sharpness is right in the bottom right corner - the rest is very blurred. You either needed to be further away to show the whole insect reasonably sharp or much closer for just the head shot.

No mention of flash, so assume you used natural light which can make life very difficult with respect to aperture choice.

26 Aug 2010 11:20AM
I love the colours and the off focus and all.

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