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IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-25 6:30] [+]

Hi Janice,

I peeked in on you, inspired by your gracious and supportive words for Howard, and this shot really jumped out. I love the perspective and clean background and the in-your-face sense of character.

You're welcome for a visit anytime you feel like expanding your TN footprint to Bali...

Best,
Djuna

IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-25 1:08]

Hola Jose!

You've done well to isolate this subject with a nice clean background. Crucial for clearwings--my best shot has a twig growing through it... :(

Excellent exposure balance between ambient and flash light. It would have been easy to let the background go dark, giving us not much to see through those wings.

Good POV--the butterfly running parallel to the sensor allows all to be crystal sharp.

I agree that a close crop around the sides of the butterfly and the bottom of the flower (bringing balance to the tightness on top) would easily move this into A+ territory.

All around a great capture! Besides being nearly invisible, these guys move fast--you must have been quick to bring all the elements together.

IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-24 23:12]

Great timing! It's nice that you've caught both birds with wings up and those beautiful bands of purple shining. If you could ask this pair to please strike this pose again, :), how about opening the lens to f4 to help freeze motion and soften the background yet further? Might bump the ISO up too. I might take my D200 to ISO 320 or 400 here, being especially careful not to underexpose (which will accentuate noise) while, not of course, blowing highlights (a challenge in this backlight!) At ISO 400, say, a bit of noise will show up in shadows. You can select those shadows and apply noise reduction solely to those, if need be... but that's for another volume.

Looks like you have a nice location there...enjoy!

IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-24 11:16]

Hai Lea,
Salam dari Bali. I like the turtle-eye view with open space at bottom (unusual). The selective focus on the eye also makes this scaly reptile look softer and more inviting. The soft green background also accentuates your friend's colors nicely.
Selamat syuting!
Djuna

IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-24 10:09]

I like that the grouper is seen in his rocky habitat, but that he's isolated against a simple black shadow. All the more impressive that this was shot without the benefit of autofocus or TTL flash! You've done well to freeze frame a quick-moving fish!

IndonesiaWild Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102) [2007-03-24 10:03]

Beautiful! I love the eye cocked straight towards us--as if we're potential prey.