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sandy richards
06-15-2010, 02:18 PM
A common butterfly in Ecuador. I followed this one around for quite awhile
before he gave me the BG I hoped for.

1/8 sec, f/14
Mode: Av
Metering: Multi-segment
ISO: 400
White balance: AUTO
Flash: TTL-3

Cheryl Flory
06-15-2010, 03:43 PM
gorgeous sharp image of the butterfly, especially that you can see through the wings. the only problem I have with it is the bright yellow plant. Is there any way to tone that down a lot?

Ken Childs
06-15-2010, 04:00 PM
The Clearwing looks fabulous but Cheryl is right, the yellow is very hot. Toning that down would really help. You may also want to consider taking a small slice off the top.

Paul Lagasi
06-15-2010, 07:13 PM
Sandy lovely detail and sharpness, ditto on the flower....thanks for sharing

Julie Kenward
06-15-2010, 07:43 PM
1/8 second exposure? YOU BRAVE GIRL!!! ;)

Outstanding butterfly image, Sandy. I agree that some of the yellows are too hot - bring them down a bit and you've got a home run on your hands. This is as much fun to look at as a photo can get IMO!

Roman Kurywczak
06-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Hey Sandy,
Oooh yeah! tone down those yellows.....and winner for sure!

sandy richards
06-15-2010, 11:30 PM
Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions - how's this?


Nick Palmieri
06-16-2010, 06:59 AM
Great shot Sandy. IMO the yellows are still a bit bright. The way I would tone them down would be Selective color layer > yellow channel > decrease the yellow slider > increase the black slider (under the yellow channel). That should get you to where you want. I am sure there are plenty of other ways to achieve the same goal. Nice job catching this guy, I love the transparency...nice sharp head

Jackie Schuknecht
06-16-2010, 10:24 AM
Really beautiful Sandy, you even have some iridescence in the wings. BG is great too.

Vida van der Walt
06-16-2010, 12:38 PM
Beautiful image Sandy! Love the detail and colours. IMO there are only a few small areas of yellow in the original post that are a bit bright and I wonder if you pick one of the darker shades of yellow and paint over the lighter bits at +- 18% if that will not help. I prefer the colours in the original.:)

Allen Sparks
06-16-2010, 09:10 PM
Yellows aside, this is a wonderful image. love the background colors, wings and detail of the subject you caught.