Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Butterfly and Shadow by Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

February 2018 - Butterfly and Shadow

February 2018 - Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP


February 2018 - Barbara E Miller, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

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A recent visit to Florida's Butterfly World--so many insects it was hard to choose which to show, but I particularly liked this one with the shadow. I am sure the leaf was not so pale but I couldn't darken it without damaging the shadow. I lightened the top of BG to better show off the top part of the wing. Also used H&S to brighten the wings (not to offend a purist like our NIck who has his own little butterfly farm). Finished with High Pass and border

7 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Got to thinking about the leaf and tried an HDR effect (from the Nik collection) I thought it was an improvement (see image no.3 on the side) but enlarging it I see the wings and part of the BG need work--back to the drawing board!   Posted: 02/01/2018 12:32:44

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, this is fantastic! I love the butterfly's shadow and the "glow" of light coming through the wings.

It might be nice to crop a bit on the right of the photo. I tried that in the image below... but didn't bother to put the frame back. (Though I like the frame on this image... and your choice really fits the photo.)

Well done!
  Posted: 02/01/2018 16:56:58
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes thanks, I do prefer the crop you made.   Posted: 02/02/2018 04:58:36

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Lovely shot. One of my favorite things to do is to spend several hours in a butterfly house like this. This is certainly a fine example image from the day. Love the framing, too.

I note that there have been some artifacts and noise introduced in your attempt to brighten the background to help the wings pop. I had a try with a different approach, brightening the wings and increasing their saturation, and reducing the brightness of the leaf, which I felt was overworking the viewer's eyes. What do you think?   Posted: 02/03/2018 13:13:41
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes Tom, thank you, the leaf was much too bright and I toned it down as I showed in (original, although wasn't) image no. 3 but I foolishly forgot to enlarge the image to search for errors therefore had parts to be dealt with. You did much better than I!   Posted: 02/03/2018 16:00:45

David Cooke   David Cooke
I Like this very much, Barbara. The shadow makes it into a very interesting image. I felt too that the leaf was too bright and distracting and I tried darkening the whole image with a Brightness / Contrast layer the bringing back the brightness on the image except for the leaf. Somehow it lost the impact. So, on balance I prefer it just as it is.   Posted: 02/17/2018 01:10:14

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Barbara, I like butterflies just as you do, and as you know, have been to Butterfly World many times. It appears that you did not use a flash, but used natural light to get that shadow; the renditions with the darkened leaf does improve the image.   Posted: 02/18/2018 11:44:02


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