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Stick Insect

By IshanPathak  
At least i think thats what its called!

I wanted to know, that what type of artificial background would have suited with this image. Because i was happy with the details of the insect but the background makes the whole image look cluttered.

Anyone with any modification for the background or anything and any comments or critiques will be appreciated Smile

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

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KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 179 England
21 Jun 2014 7:17AM
A lovely capture of a Damselfly (I'm not sure which one, but I love its blue eye!).

Unfortunately they do have a habit of landing in the most awkward of areas, but that doesn't really bother me.

With the mod I cropped a little closer, to remove the pale area (top right). Then I used the 'Heal' tool to cover areas which I thought were eye catching (this included the coloured flowers and the odd blade of grass). After that I used the 'Blur' tool to blur the background and the 'Sharpen' tool to bring out some of the details on the Damselfly. The fact you've managed to focus on the insect allows all these minor adjustments. Smile
IshanPathak 6 202 12 India
21 Jun 2014 7:58AM
Thank you for your comment and mod Karen Smile

I like your mod a lot, its what i have been trying to do for 3 days! But the thing is, doesn't the background look awkward with greenish subject and green background. What i would have liked that all those green textures and stuff i see in many images.

But your mod is much better than my image, as my brother said, " My eyes see everything from such vibrant green color of the leaves, to the cluttered background etc and in the end this little insect! " in my image Sad.

Thats why i wanted a clean background but unfortunately i have only learnt ( that too not properly ) how to give a black background only, and im sure it wont go with this insect Sad

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
21 Jun 2014 10:07AM
You've captured this very well, and as Karen says they often choose the least photogenic spots to land. Exposure is good too.
The large depth of field obtainable with compact cameras is a disadvantage here, as you've identified, but even with a DSLR it's perfectly easy to get a distracting background, so you're in good company.
It's amazing how just cropping or cloning out those flowers at the top makes a huge difference.

Working your subject, by observing, moving round and taking time often pay off in getting the shot and background you want.
From this shot we can see that you're concentrating on and getting a very decent record of these subjects, so just keep up the good work.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4177 Canada
21 Jun 2014 2:59PM
Its a very decent close up Ishan.

Green is interesting. The human eye is around twice as sensitive to shades of green and yellow green, peaking at green, than the red or blue spectrum. The digital camera uses a Bayer Filter array to produce R, G and B, and theres also twice as many green filters in the array than the others, - similar to the eye.

Some camera get a little too excited by green, and the software people make it ultra green thinking its more pleasing to the eye for compact cameras.

Its thought that we are most sensitive to the green/yellow spectrum as a result of evolution, where the ability to see predators in green environments.

Anyway, - this is a good example of green gone mad. Its way over-saturated, - just the green, - the other channels are OK.

Ive uploaded a screenshot from Photoshop showing the green channel before, and after adjusting green saturation, reducing it by -10.

The Ive uploaded the resulting mod with a crop. I have done no other alterations other than reduce green. Isnt it amazing!

You should be able to measure R, G and B separately in your software.

Hope this helps,


pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 2:59PM
This is not a stick insect, Ishan.

You have focused well on the head, capturing very good detail there.

Karen has done some nice work on your background.
With an environmental shot like this, don't worry too much about the background.
If you are wanting to completely change it, you are going to encounter serious problems with the wings, which are transparent, so I would leave it as it is.

When you mention an artificial background, this sort of subject would be difficult. Of course, if you know exactly where the damselfly is going to land, then you can set up an artificial background and just wait....and wait.

As Keith said, with a subject like this, you get the best that you can at the time of shooting, taking care to not only consider your subject, but also what is directly behind it.
You will have seen excellent shots where the wing veins are beautifully clear and sharp against a fairly plain background. Aiming high is certainly something I admire about you, but it takes a lot of practice to achieve perfection. On the way, don't get too disheartened.

IshanPathak 6 202 12 India
21 Jun 2014 4:34PM
Willie: Its amazing how magical post processing is. What i wouldnt give to learn it, but the problem is, its my high school, so hardly i can watch tutorials of 3 4 hours. But when we get leave of 3 months after Boards ill surely watch Photoshop from scratch tutorials Smile

Your mod looks amazing. Earlier the green was distracting and heavy, but now it is simple and natural Smile

Pamela: Thank you for your comment Smile

I didn't realize that the wings would be a trouble. I am always fasicnated by those plain textured backgrounds so i thought of it.

dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
21 Jun 2014 9:13PM
Tutorials are one way to go, certainly. Or you can start using software, and learn one bit at a time. It's patchy, but pretty quick to get going, and get doing...

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