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Copyright: Marzena AK (marzena) (1)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus FE 115
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 11:57
Viewed: 3270
Points: 1
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I would appreciate any constructive ctritique from anyone who wishes to do so. This is the very first time I was able to resize, etc. and upload a photo to TrekNature and I am not so sure if I like the end result. Anyway, there are so many excellent photographres here and I count on their opinions, tips and comments. Thank you.

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To mogens-j: Great advicemarzena 1 08-08 19:39
To Silvio2006: photo editingmarzena 2 07-29 14:00
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Hi Marzena, welcome on TN, beautiful butterfly, a little dark, but may be better if you add a note and if you post at 800 pixel and 200 k, and if you add a frame,

Lástima que el centro de la mariposa te quedó algo oscuro ya que la toma es espectacular por el contraste creado con esa bella flor. El encuadre bueno. Saludos Marzena.

Hello Marzena

Welcome on TN and a nice first post showing the true colours of this beautiful butterfly. Normally it is not that difficult to take a fair picture of butterflies – it only take some patience:-0. You have a different situation because you have very dark areas in the wings and very light areas in the flower. In that situation I think you did well because there are details in both areas.

So what could you have done. Well, some depends on your camera and I am not familiar with your camera. It also depends on how clever you are with an image software like Photo Shop.

I would underexpose the picture with 1/3-2/3 in the taking to avoid overexposing in the white. Then back home I would fix the underexposed areas in Photo Shop. That is for the light. The 1/200 is a good shutter speed to avoid “camera-shaking”. But – in your situation – it calls a f-stop on 3.0 and that is not enough to give a fair depth of field which you can see in the heavy blurred left wing. This could be avoided by taking a step to the right and take the picture in 90 degrees angel to the subject. When you focus always try to get the focus on the eyes – that goes for animals as well as people. I also do not know how many pictures you took but I would normally take some 15-25 pictures to be sure that one of them had the right focus. For my last post “The Birth of Vanessa Atlanta” I took 49 pictures within 2.5 minute. I always take many shots – they are for free. Also remember to move around the subject if possible to secure that some of the pictures are in the right point of view.

It takes a lot of effort to get nice insect pictures but it is worth it.

Hope it has been any help and good luck

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