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Yellow Butterfly

By gnovey
Picture was taken right beside the Panama Canal.

Tags: Butterfly Yellow Wildlife and nature

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Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
26 Sep 2010 11:26PM
I'm really no expert in macro wildlife photography so I'll just give you my immediate thoughts. The insect, while sharp in the right places, is very small in the frame. Depending on how may pixels you have to play with (ie have you already cropped this?) then a crop to home in much closer on the insect would help. You should certainly lose the blue band of sky at the top as it's quite distracting. It's useful when uploading to the critique gallery to give as much information as possible. For instance, what lens did you use? was it a long telephoto or a dedicated macro lens. Without such info. it's hard to give effective critique

artcubis 13 6 United States
27 Sep 2010 3:23AM
I LOVE this photo. The butterfly on the flower with the gossian blur greens in the background are complimentary. I would only crop the blue sky to keep the focus on the butterfly.
Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
27 Sep 2010 8:27AM
Hi Gabriel,

I tend to agree with Stephen on this matter and I too think that you need to crop right in. For me the subject is too central in the image which makes the outer edges seem too large and doing nothing for the image. I love the bokeh but I think that the background is also too strong and detracts from the flowers and butterfly. Remember that the rules are there to be broken but in this case I think that the rule of thirds helps to make the image more pleasing to look at.

I have uploaded a mod which I cropped and reduced the green in the background. I sharpened and reduced the noise.

Hope it helps

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2010 9:04PM
You need to be very very much closer. Two thirds of the frame is blurred background - the image is the butterfly and it must fill the frame.

It looks sharp, but you do not tell us which lens. Could you not have cropped the original before reducing to 600 pixels?

frz67 11 10 32 Italy
27 Sep 2010 10:15PM
I would suggest to change a classical landscape format to a maybe less conventional portrait crop.
hope you like it

gnovey 11
30 Sep 2010 9:00PM
Thank you all for the great feedback and Mods.

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