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Small skipper butterfly feeding

By czech  
I am wondering how this image would be viewed and scored (out of 20) by a judge in a club-level competition. What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Tags: Butterfly Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3530 Canada
19 Aug 2012 10:13PM
A lot will depend on the individual judge, but here goes.

Im impressed that you obtained quite a good, well detailed shot using a close up lens in front of a large zoom.

The shot itself:

Exposure is quite good. Good detail in the butterfly. A little over-saturated in the yellows, - not uncommon, but can be de saturated a little.


The image has the subject in the middle, though the crop, being close to square, is not square. If you want square, make sure its square, and try to have the subject out of the middle. A better approach might be a landscape rule of thirds crop. I think this is the area where the image would lose most marks.


Very good, clear butterfly with good flower detail, nice close shot.

Ive uploaded 2 versions of crops as a suggestion; toned down yellow a little, and applied a small amount if sharpening.

Hope this helps,



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Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 9:48AM
Nice picture but I will go along with Willie's comments above. I will add a third - see my mod uploaded where I have removed (hastily) the other bits of flower heads to leave just the one with the skipper on it.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 1:26PM
I have no problem with exposure or composition but wonder about definition. Nothing is critically sharp. That might be compression/internet problems but you are at about 180mm and, i assume, hand held. The magnification factor here will reduce the effectiveness of any IS system by increasing shake on an unsupported lens, assuming you were unsupported of course.

Then there is the CU lens - not usually the best way to macro and definately not on a zoom, even a supeb quality unit such as yours.

Close up lenses need to be dedicated to the lens in use and of very high quality. If you are keen on macro you need a fixed focal length macro lens of 100 tp 150mm.

czech 5 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 6:24PM
Dear Willie, Frank and Paul,

Thank you all very much for your constructive feedback.

czech 5 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 10:45AM
Close up lenses need to be dedicated to the lens in use and of very high quality. Paul

Paul, when you say 'dedicated' do you mean e.g. that a Canon lens needs to have a Canon close-up lens?


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