Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Resting-Gulf Fritillary Butterfly” by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

October 2019 - Resting-Gulf Fritillary Butterfly”

About the Image(s)

How I did it”In early July I ventured to “The Celery Fields” located about 40 Mi. So. of me, with 4 PSA friends, in anticipation of having the opportunity of finding Purple Gallinules and other wading birds. Unfortunately it was slow photographic day. After an hour of capturing few offerings we drove to their Discovery Center. Low and behold, we saw prospects in the Butterfly Garden. I was able to capture 3 different winged beauties. “Resting-Gulf Fritillary Butterfly” was my favorite of the morning. My usual tools were Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 IS 4.5-5-6 II lens, hand held. My post work consisted of a crop, burning the edges, added a touch of saturation then NIK Define 2 to remove noise. Last but not least, Topaz AI Clear to sharpen. The marvelous thing about photography is that one never knows what is around the next corner. On this shoot the birds were a bust but it was worth getting up at O Dark Thirty to capture the Butterflies, bond with my friends and enjoy a tasty Brunch. The meal gives us the chance to discuss the morning shoot and exchange ideas and tips

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

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, great composition and the butterfly and green are tack sharp. I like the way the background was treated being of uniform color and very soft and therefore, not distracting at all. The colors in the butterfly are outstanding. I like the square crop very much. Reminds me of the Hasselblad film camera times. I am curious about your Exif data.   Posted: 10/08/2019 15:16:30
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Just found my settings Isaac, f8,at 1/160th sec, ISO 800 Focal length 400 mm.   Posted: 10/30/2019 14:40:52

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
Brilliant work capturing the details of the butterfly, and I think that not having the plant it's sitting on too sharp works well. Might be even better if the leaf on the right were also a bit softer so it didn't distract from the butterfly.   Posted: 10/09/2019 15:30:02

Thomas Wiemer   Thomas Wiemer
a nice shot of the butterfly. I like the colored butterfly with only green color around.
I agree with Joe, the leafs around could be a little bit softer. I saw that you are using also the NIK Filters. I tried something with the vignette- blur filter and the darken/light center filter in Color Efex   Posted: 10/10/2019 03:14:17
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Another excellent nature shot Erik. The butterfly is very sharp and clearly defined. The background is totally blurred and non-distracting, but I feel that the green leaves are stil rather dominant. I would be happy just to crop off the bottom to just above the lower right leaf.   Posted: 10/10/2019 08:40:02
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, interesting option indeed   Posted: 10/11/2019 17:41:00
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Guy, your idea of a crop solved all the image shortcomings. It is so special having so many talented folks in our group.   Posted: 10/19/2019 20:32:24

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
Another masterclass in nature photography something that abounds in this group and is such a pleasure to see I have to admit the leaves did not bother me I was totally fixated by the colours of the butterfly and the incredible sharpness you took full advantage of the lightning and used it wonderfully I hope we will see some more from your pre brunch shoot in the future.   Posted: 10/20/2019 14:55:26

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Terrific natural lighting and good composition. There's great separation between the butterfly and the background. You know me, I'm alway crop happy. I'd crop a bit off the bottom to eliminate the one partial leaf. Perhaps similar to what others have suggested.   Posted: 10/31/2019 23:28:43