Oliver Morton  

White Butterfly by Oliver Morton

October 2017 - White Butterfly

October 2017 - Oliver Morton


How I Did It

This was taken recently using my Canon 5D4 and the EF100-400 lens at 400mm. The exposure was 1/124; f/8/ ISO 800.

I recently acquired Topaz Studio and I wanted to explore the various filters. Soon I realized that I could convert the image into a surreal-like photograph that had a bit of a Van Gogh flavor. I continued stacking filters until I obtained the flowing lines. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to eliminate the white areas outside the butterfly using the Topaz filters. Thus, I used a combination of several NIK Color Efex Pro 4 filters and the Camera Raw brush to add just a bit of color to the white.

6 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Isn't it fun play with the various filters! It just adds a spark to the sameness (seen a hundred and one times) of the butterfly orig. image. I would tone down the white areas in the top centre and the LH side, in my opinion they draw the eye too much. someday think it is too much filter but I like the difference it presents.   Posted: 10/01/2017 07:08:01

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Yes, filters are fun. Usually I use them to enhance an image but this time I wanted to change it completely since the original was relatively dull. I attempted to tone down the white areas but I'm not sure that it works well since there are no flowing lines in those places. Nonetheless, here's what I came up with.... your thoughts?   Posted: 10/01/2017 10:23:10

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
  Posted: 10/01/2017 10:25:41
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
yes, Oliver I do prefer the white parts lessened and your 'corrected' image is much to my preference.   Posted: 10/01/2017 12:56:29

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
I agree with both of you, the filters that are coming out add a whole new dimension to photography. I've always liked art but I couldn't draw so I let the camera do the drawing for me; now with these filters I can create art too.
Oliver your second posting of the butterfly is much better; there is less distraction and more of a focus on your main subject.   Posted: 10/13/2017 08:30:50

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
You have created a very nice Altered Reality image. It has some weird lines; I too agree that the white areas need to be toned down.   Posted: 10/15/2017 14:22:06


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