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Monarch-89 HDR

Monarch-89 HDR
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L, Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-08 20:27
Viewed: 4634
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The HDR process can many times really enhance wildlife images. I am re-visiting many of my images (of all types) with this process some of which are posted to the Trek sites.

I thought I would try reprocessing this particular image using Nik HDR Efex Pro (single-image tone mapping) and repost the result. I used the Natural setting at about 15% and added 20% Structure.

Using f/2.8 I was able to achieve the bokeh in the background putting the whole focus on the subject. I prefocused on the flower so when the butterfly arrived I was able to shoot it mostly in focus.

Tried several angles of this particular butterfly with this profile image working the best.

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Hi Larry

I am admiring your appetite for perfectionism and your desire to experiment with different techniques, and you can have my further support in future, especially when the result convincing, but in this case the final result doesn't look very convincing my friend.... yes, the depth of field seems magical and the colors powerful and rich. The focus however is far far softer than most of us, I believe can wish to see in an image like this one. I do not know how the HDR process was used here, but as far as I know, its works best with 3,5 or more identical images taken under different exposition. In moving subjects it can not work very fine, Lary! So, in my opinion this attempt here is very unsuccessful! Your, equipment are capable to produce the very ... very best images around, so no excuses can justify the failure of your current post today, my friend!

George Veltchev

I tend to agree with George. I think the HDR effect is more suitable for landscapes. Also sharpness could be very much improved!

Hi Larry,
I like your photo. Amazing colours and point of view. I agree that sharpness is not perfect, but I like this atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2011-03-09 13:01]

Hello Larry,

Nice result with this HDR processing. The nice and green bg enhances very well the butterfly. The only thing maybe is that IMHO, I found that the insect needs more room around him...



Bonjour Larry
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un beau papillon et les couleurs sont justes,ainsi que la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2011-04-08 9:25]

Hi Larry
Wonderful shot of this lovely butterfly!
Great colors!
Interesting work this HDR processing!
I never try that!

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