Oliver Morton  

Green Butterfly by Oliver Morton

January 2018 - Green Butterfly

January 2018 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

This image was taken about 10 years ago at a butterfly house near me that’s open during the summer. The butterfly was moving, and I wanted a blurry background, so I used an expose of 1/8000 sec; f/2.0 and ISO 800. My camera and lens were the Canon 5D3 and 135 f/2L.

I really like the soft color patterns in the BG and how the butterfly's color was picked up by the leaves. However, I felt that the BG colors were a bit too much in the original image. In addition to modifications to the BG colors, I cropped the image and made several “adjustments” to the butterfly.

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

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
A lovely butterfly Oliver with an excellent composition and you did well to soften the BG yet leave enough of the pink to produce an ethereal image. But I have to say that although the butterfly is the subject and the main part of the image--and super sharp-- the OOF yellow flower distracts me too much. I don't see any solution here since you certainly don't want to remove it and spoil the composition. It will be interesting to see if it is of a bother to others in the group--perhaps not.   Posted: 01/01/2018 20:04:02

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Sadly, I agree with you... smiles.

I had attempted to diminish the impact of the yellow flower but couldn't make it "sufficiently disappear". Here's another attempt.....   Posted: 01/01/2018 21:59:16
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Sadly Oliver I don't see a lot of difference, unfortunately OOF is just that, but sometimes you can rescue it by trying a painting technique, but my advice is just to try to capture it again. Here, a few miles away, is Butterfly World and you can take so many butterfly pics that you can well afford to scrap the losers. Since you are suffering the woes of winter in D.C. you will just have to wait to go back to the nearby butterfly house.   Posted: 01/15/2018 18:56:34

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Oliver; The butterfly is very sharp. I would have made the leaves on the plant more sharp to keep the image more balanced. I like the blurred background with the ethereal feeling. You did a good job, on your last attempt of adjusting the brightness of the yellow flower; By the way, the butterfly looks like a malachite; however, the malachite has more of a black edge to go along with its green.   Posted: 01/17/2018 16:27:38

John Yurchak   John Yurchak
I find that the flower being out of focus to me is too much in my taste, as well as the B/G is still too bright for me. The sharpness of the Butterfly is great and makes it stand out from the other parts. Could you have used a vignette of a darker color to hold yo in the photo.   Posted: 01/29/2018 13:00:16

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you. Nick, I'll look up the malachite butterfly... and I appreciate your input on the photo.

John, I agree with you and Barbara about the out of focus flower. I'm afraid that this picture will never make it to a competition.   Posted: 01/30/2018 16:45:31