Salvador Atance, PPSA  

Lavanda Butterfly by Salvador Atance, PPSA

August 2019 - Lavanda Butterfly

About the Image(s)

In a recent travel of some hours to Le Proven├že, France, I could find some lavender fields not yet recollected. It was the golden hour.
I had mounted the polarizer filter but not the tripod.
1/20, F14, ISO200, no flash
Olympus E-M1 Lens 12-60mm F2.8-4
Processed with Color Efex Pro 4

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

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I really like the way the butterfly is standing out from the background. In a way, this is in the style of Charles Needle that I've been discussing, in that advantage is taken of a small depth of field and its habitat is included to give context. To my mind, the flower has lots of contrast and presence and tends to detract from the insect, perhaps it would be better blurred a little? I would also suggest that the background along the top (rear edge of the wings)looks a bit distracting too.   Posted: 08/09/2019 14:12:53
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Well in fact F14 was the diafragm, not low DOF, I was following the butterfly from here to there. The treatment was the solution to pop the parts I liked to give protagonism. Look at the original shot.   Posted: 08/09/2019 14:43:03
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Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
DoF is relatively small at such distances even at f14. Your photo after post production has more impact than the original. However some of the impact comes from the soft background, in my opinion.   Posted: 08/09/2019 17:16:33

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Good activity chasing the butterfly. Hard to get the butterflies to land on something attractive. Background and flowers were appropriate.
What bothers me is the three main distracting blades of dried grass/stems. One could be eliminated by cropping off the right hand side. The other two would require some painstaking trial and error but you might be successful in minimizing them. Posted: 08/12/2019 16:04:12   Posted: 08/12/2019 18:22:05

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Good job chasing that butterfly and then actually getting the photo. The background is very distracting -- but I like what you've done with the photo. I've heard of horse whisperers, but never a butterfly whisperer. If there were one, it would make the lives of macro photographers easier, as we could make them land just where we choose!   Posted: 08/17/2019 17:26:25

Dick States   Dick States
In this image the butterfly is sharp and to my eye has great detail. I feel the right third of the image could be cropped off. The background is somewhat distracting to me. The grass stem on the left, that's on a angle, is distracting to my eye. I feel the butterfly has great soft lighting. These are hard shots to get.   Posted: 08/18/2019 18:10:52

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I know how hard it is to grab a butterfly in the wild. Just when you get the shot framed, it's off flitting to another place. Quite frustrating!

I agree with Dick about the right side not helping. As I started playing around with the crop, it occurred to me to try a different look, rotating the image to make for a different composition. Probably not very good, though:

  Posted: 08/20/2019 17:33:58
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Dick States   Dick States
I really like this crop. Better composition and much easier to enjoy the beauty of the butterfly. It was kind of awkward before.   Posted: 08/20/2019 19:45:26
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
While the butterfly looks good in this orientation, somehow, the flowers are looking unnatural to see growing sideward / horizontal. Plus they can be seen as distracting elements as you pointed out.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:11:36

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Hi Salvador, nice freeze of the butterfly. As Tom said, it gets frustrating at time to shoot butterflies due to their restlessness behavior :)
I would probably look at portrait orientation by removing the right side of your frame.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:09:46

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Many thanks everybody, I was looking for the lavanda fields, they are very far from home, allow me to resist in cropping the flowers.   Posted: 08/26/2019 07:48:27