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By ensign  
While taking the washing off the line these two remained on it and even let me grab a tripod.

Tech 1/125 @f11, remote release, tripod Benbow. Canon 100 Macro ISO 800

Tags: White Butterfly Close-up and macro Sock Wildlife and nature

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 7:32AM
I think the photo is slightly under-exposed and the butterflies need more space around them.

I used levels to increase the tonal range and curves to adjust the contrast. I added extra canvas to the right and top and cloned the b/g to merge. I also darkened the b/g slightly.

I reduced the noise using the reduce noise filter.

I sharpened the butterflies and sleeve only using the smart sharpen filter.

If the b/g was selected so at the shot taking stage so it was all one colour, ie., grey-blue, then the butterflies would look better as they'd be more isolated in the photo and this would strengthen the image. The line behind them where the b/g changes colour is slightly distracting.


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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 7:55AM
One or two problems. Needs a little sharpening, but definately under exposed. These butterflies should be much whiter without loosing detail - I assume you shot on auto and much of the frame is light - thus under exposure.

You were shooting very nearly a flat plane, so I would have gone for 2 stops less ISO - 200 - to improve quality. I know 800 is great on a 5D, but 200 is better. You could have easily got away with 1/60 @ f5.6 on a tripod.

ensign 10 212 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 6:38PM
Hi Both Thanks for taking the time to view and comment on the image. As usual all comments are welcome.
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2010 10:02AM
A lovely image, well done......Martin

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