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Not a good one

By netta1234
I havent uploaded one of these before and I know that it's far from being a good image,but maybee someone will be able to advice me how to take a better image.THis was taken at the Butterfly Palace ,Anglesey on our school trip.Maybe it would be better if I had more time ,as I had some little ones to look after.It was also verry light there.The best solution is I think is to leave this Butterfly job to you expert people that always upload brilliant ones,and the ones I see around home ,well they dont stop long enough for me.
Anyway here it is ,as it is. Hope you all will have a great day.

Tags: Butterfly Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Hermanus, KarenFB, Margaret101 and 34 more

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
30 Jul 2013 7:06AM
Maybe not a perfect photo BUT a stunning butterfly Netta !! A great capture !
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
30 Jul 2013 7:10AM
It's not that bad! A little tatty, but that's hardly your fault. It's a Malaysian Lacewing by the way.

The trouble with Butterfly Farms is there is usually a path, which you have to stay on, so you can't pick and choose your angles - perhaps a more side on view would have improved the shot. Also, because the butterflies try to fly, they batter themselves against the glass (which is why they look so tatty). It's well lit and sharp, apart from the composition and condition, what more can we ask! Smile
30 Jul 2013 7:16AM
beautiful butterfly!! well captured!
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:52AM
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
30 Jul 2013 8:33AM
Still a good attempt, Netta, but I'll not offer any advice as I never see butterflies in my life and wouldn't know the best techniques: plenty others will be able to help, I'm sure.
BrianSS 14 418 41 England
30 Jul 2013 8:46AM
As others have said not a bad image at all. As Karen has said "It's well lit and sharp, apart from the composition and condition, what more can we ask!" The only other point I would make is make sure your shutter speed is higher than 1/30sec it needs to be at least 1/60sec. Yours doesn't have camera shake but it could have had at 1/30sec.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
30 Jul 2013 9:15AM
Well, I like it.
I wouldn't dream of giving advice and my only observation is that the depth of field is creating small problems nearest to the camera.
Smashing creature - springs off the screen with colour.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 9:28AM
Critters and me just don't work....
So well done is all I can say
30 Jul 2013 10:44AM
A beautiful butterfly, I like it!
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 10:45AM
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Harriet Braiker

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 44 119 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 11:57AM
A beautiful butterfly Netta - I've never been to a Butterfly farm
but there's something very satisfying in finding them yourself
in your travels. I'm currently trying to find and improve my butterfly
shots and as Ronnie says not many in Scotland or maybe it's just knowing where to find them.
richmowil Plus
12 438 2 England
30 Jul 2013 1:48PM
Stunning colour!!
Gypsyman 10 690 England
30 Jul 2013 3:37PM
Netta, you say its a poor one, Not so its 'AS WAS' My attempt at a Mod, is a poor one, but it was an excercise for me. Your truly Eric.
danbrann 16 640 17
30 Jul 2013 3:45PM
A colourful frame filler Netta. It looks fine to me but then I have never ever uploaded a butterfly shot.
30 Jul 2013 4:12PM
a stunning butterfly image
EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:27PM
Lovely capture.Smile

carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:41PM
I think it is a splendid image, Netta, especially compositionally, luv your chosen Pov.
Nice one.
Darryl. xxxxxxx SmileSmile
Ps, thank you so much for your concerns. xSmile
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:52PM

Quote:Maybe not a perfect photo BUT a stunning butterfly Netta !! A great capture !
all things considered a good first attempt - I might add avoid the sun and bright skies/lights

Well done
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4218 Canada
30 Jul 2013 5:09PM
Theres two different questions. The quality of the shot, which is very good for the camera, with reasonable sharpness considering youre shooting along the length of the insect; then theres the quality of the Butterfly, which is mostly good, but it has lost a lot of the colour in the wing tips.

In geberal, Butterflies are shot from the side, with the wings up so they appear flat, that minimises any fall off in sharpness; or, if the wings are spread flat, then shoot down, - the idea in both cases is to provide the fpattest plane as possible to the camera, and have the camera parallel to that plane. I dont know about whee you are, but Ive been to Butterfly conservatories where the quality of the insects is very high, as thery have lots of feeding stations, and the light only filtered from high up, so look around. I have found garden enters that have Budelia bushes out front a treasure trove of butterfly shots. This plant is commonly known as a Butterfly Bush.

Back to the shot. On downloading, it seems to me the colour is way too saturated, and this causes loss of detail in the wings; theres a slightly blue cast thats best removed.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I ean. I see that youve used some Microsoft product as an editor, - if you dont have Photoshop, download GIMP for free, - its quite good.


netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
30 Jul 2013 5:41PM
Thanks everyone and for the 2 mod that I really like and appreciateSmile
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
30 Jul 2013 6:16PM
I think this is a good shot of this beautiful butterfly, Netta!

Now I'm no expert on butterfly photography but I'll give you my two cents' worth Grin

For me, you're at the mercy of angles. Whether or not you can get the right angle. Here, for example, there's that bit of glaring white sky in the back messing with the shot. If you managed to position yourself such that no (or at least minimal) glariness existed in the background, that's be super. BUT, there's the pitfall that at that angle, you may not like the angle of the butterfly. For example, getting the background sorted might mean getting a head-on shot of the butterfly and not capturing its wings.

I actually really like the angle of the butterfly in this shot. So very different, kind of dramatic, and we get to enjoy those amazing wings.

Oh...and if you think a faster shutter speed might be better in securing a sharper shot (in general. I don't mean sharper than this one), up the ISO.

moiral 10 12 Scotland
30 Jul 2013 7:03PM
Much better than any I have caught, but loads of good advice here. Moira
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 8:29PM
I know exactly what you mean Netta...they will not stay still!Wink
but at least we tried and that is what counts..I probably will
not pursue them again..but you did well and some
good advice given too
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 2:59AM
Technicaly I can't help... But I do like the colours and patters of this beautiful butterfly... IB
31 Jul 2013 5:13PM
Hello, I would be pleased with that not got any butter flies, I like flowers best but that photo is very nice, Camellia,Grin
Humblebee 8 1 England
4 Aug 2013 4:44PM
A beautiful image, Netta, and I just love the colours makes me think of South America and their glorious outfits and afghans ... Carol Grin

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