Randolph Shine  

Monarch 1 by Randolph Shine

June 2020 - Monarch 1

About the Image(s)

MONARCH 1 is the name of the submission. There is one original because that is it. I only did a little cropping and added some intensity to the color. The plant it is on is called a "milkweed."

Marianne started two butterfly gardens around our house in 2018. I think due to the extreme heat and little rainfall this winter we have had very few butterflies and this is the only Monarch I have seen all year.

1/800, F5.6,ISO 800, 50mm on a 17-55mm F2.8 lens.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Lovely image, Randy! In my opinion, this is one of the best photos that you've shared in our group. The slight diagonal of the butterfly and it's vivid colors set it off from the white background. The couple leaves above the Monarch are just enough contrast in color to make the composition complete. Well done!   Posted: 06/07/2020 15:15:43

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Randy,

Love your butterfly. Nice POV, good color, limited distractions in the background. You did a fine job with this little beauty.

I am sharing a version I added some sharpening to but I do not see anything else that you need to do.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 06/10/2020 11:12:51
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
You were able to capture the butterfly's beauty with all the intricate designs (lines, shapes) on its wings in addition to the color combinations. The butterfly is sharp, with no distraction background. Your image in portrait format with the milkweed included is also well thought that makes it stand out from the norm.   Posted: 06/22/2020 23:02:21
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Randy did capture a good composition here, Kieu-Hanh, as you noted. But what about the sharpness, do you think his image is sharp enough? What could you recommend he do to even further enhance this image?

These answers will help all of us in this study group to look beyond what we see even when we produce great images. I look forward to the groups discussion on this great image!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 06/23/2020 06:12:58
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
I'm not sure I would know how to answer your question, LuAnn about the sharpness. Your photo adding the sharpness looks great. How did you do that? Mask the butterfly in PS and add sharpness to only that part of the image?   Posted: 06/30/2020 18:21:47
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Lisa,

I use Topaz Sharpen AI software. Because I like using textures, I have found that Topaz has a lot of software that is improved. My favorites include denoise AI, Gigapixel AI to increase the size of your image, and Sharpen AI. They use artificial intelligence somehow in these tools, and I am amazed at the Sharpen AI, how well it does sharpen images.

LuAnn   Posted: 06/30/2020 20:31:37

Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
Randy, This is a really a good capture. I like the balance you created with having the green leaves over head. You also, did a great job of blurring the background. Nicely done!   Posted: 06/24/2020 10:16:18

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Great composition and color. I love how the milkweed leaf mimics the butterfly wings.

  Posted: 06/30/2020 18:21:38