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The Painted Lady

By Leedavieshadley

Tags: Macro Insect Close-up and macro

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senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
30 Oct 2011 11:13PM
amazing detail, .. must be taken with an extension tube or a converter

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CathR 10 151 564 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2011 10:23AM
Welcome to the site Lee and thanks for your upload.

I've never seen such a close up of this particular butterfly before. It's almost like an abstract. Nice diffused background. It's sharp round the eye area (presume it is the eye?) and you have got some good detail in the "fur" in that area. The sharpness is going off a bit towards the left hand side of the frame. Does it matter? The blurriness does focus attention on the sharp part of the eye but in this case I am not sure that the eye needs to be the focal point for the photo. The maxim is that the eye always has to be sharp in wildlife photography. This is because the eyes convey so much of the character of the creature. But in this shot I don't relate to the eye so much. It might have been interesting to get the wing detail sharp because there are some lovely shapes and colours there. In my opinion for what it's worth possibly more interest than the eye.

But excellent work in a difficult field of photography. Hope you enjoy being part of the EPZ community.

best wishes

31 Oct 2011 4:33PM
Excellent macro!
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2011 8:27PM
Welcome to EPZ, Lee. A very impressive image with which to start your portfolio. I cannot fault it, but feel that the flower parts which are intruding into the bottom of the frame could be removed for a cleaner finish, and so have done a modification where I cloned them out.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
3 Nov 2011 7:45PM
An excellent macro - personally I don't mind the hints of flora around the bottom of the frame - it provides a context and prevents the image becoming too much of a library shot. Stunning detail with good sharpness across the subject (it may get a little soft lhs but not a real problem).

The only issue for me, and it is entirely personal, is the rather heavy frame you have used, given the fine detail of the subject. It is in danger of drowning out all your hard work in presenting such a delicate and beautiful image to us.

I am interested in seeing your images, not your dexterity with PSP or PS or whatever software you used. Keep it simple and finely worked if the image warrants it (if the image is rubbish on the other hand then big it up with an all singing all dancing frame!!!) this image stands on its own for sure.

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