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From a different angle


From a different angle
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III USM, Digital ISO 400, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-08 10:59
Viewed: 3285
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would quickly post this one today, a Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) from a different angle. For information on the Comma butterfly from Butterfly Conservation group see here.

I know some of the highlights are blown, and need a little attention, but the b'fly wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get more than 2 pictures and both have the same issue! I know there is probably loads of things I could have done to resolve this whilst taking the picture, but please bear in mind I was sitting in a patch of nettles, (in bear feet) crouching down to lower the angle.... but I couldn't tolerate the nettles for too long and s/he moved on. Interestingly there are 2 comma butterflies in my garden today and this one is half the size of the other one, but that one is too far into the nettles...

But I thought it was a different perspecitve on things for a change.

Anyhow, taken in RAW, with flash, handheld, coverted to JPEG, slight crop, resize and sharpen.

Enjoy and if anyone can WS or say how to avoid.... please feel free...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-08 11:10]
  • [3]

Hi Emma
Thumbs up for your persistence to get the shot while braving the pricking nettles and that being bare footed. You are correct in saying that this is a somewhat different angle than the usual for we do not see many shots of butterflies from the bottom view.
While you have expressed most of the nits or shortcomings of the photo and you probably know better than I how to rectify or overcome those issues I am not going to extend this critique with unnecessary verbal diarrhoea. Suffice to say it is a great effort and TFS.
Regards
Loot

The blown highlights are very good in this picture, they give something special to the picture.
For the composition, I think that you should take the camera a little bit to the left to balance the frame and take out the butterfly from the center.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-08 12:18]

Hi Emma,
Unusual pov! Eye-catching shot where the b'fly seems a predator!
TFS, Josť M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-08 12:56]

Lovely shot, Emma.
I love the POV that makes this butterfly so well camoufladged. Beautiful colors, too. You did well, considering the not too friendly light.
Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • Natrix Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 22] (80)
  • [2006-07-08 13:16]
  • [2]

Hi Emma,

Nice to see a butterfly in a natural setting. It is difficult to get these diferent angles whilst in harsh light conditions. I would try taking it down a stop or two when it is so bright. You can always bring the colour back up in PS but it is very hard to rectify blown HL's. I use this method a lot, especially where there is a lot of white in a subject, like my puffin shots. Otherwise good work and TFS,

Brett.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-08 13:42]
  • [2]

Hi Emma,
You get top marks for going to the lengths you did to get a shot! I like it, a great POV. Good details and I don't think the blown highlights are that bad, in fact they make quite a good feature highlighting the edges of the holly leaves like that. A nice shot and I admire your persistence :-)
Cheers,
Adrian

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  • thistle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
  • [2006-07-08 13:47]
  • [2]

Hello Emma,
I aprecciate your effort to take that shot so I won't complain about the burn outs, a little wider DOF would be very welcome though ;-)
I like the POV and framing, very nice colours too.
WELL DONE!

Great macro shot Emma. Great sharpness, details, clarity and nice DOF. Great colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing.
Gr.
Heinz

Hi Emma,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Good POV and composition. You're a brave girl going bare footed into the nettles.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Hi Emma,
I do like the POV you have here. Unique! Your fill flash helped balance out the stong back lighting. I would say you made a pretty good shot under some difficult conditions. Sometimes you have to do the best you can with what you have. You did well!
Scott

Wow, Outstanding composition,with excellent lighting and colours.
A job well done....

Hi,
This different perspective shots are always very interesting to watch, tou have done extremely well to capture this , great shot!!
TFS
Goutham

Wonderful Shot Emma, beautiful!!!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-17 7:13]

Hi Emma
Good close-up shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done

osse

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