Janet DiMattia  

Butterfly Weed by Janet DiMattia

October 2020 - Butterfly Weed

About the Image(s)

Taken this summer with Nikon D300s in my yard after the butterfly weed pods had formed. For some reason had very few beetles, worms on the pods probably because of the drought conditions. Was a bit concerned with the tenure of the patio blocks showing and tried to minimize any distraction. F11, S-1/640, ISO 400 sunlight.

10 comments posted

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I think you did a good making the background not be distracting. I think the milkweed bug adds a lot of interest to the image. I wonder if a small light source on the front would have helped light up the pods? The shadows of the pods on the others is a little distracting. I would also be curious to see if you cropped the image down a bit to focus on the milkweed bug, what that would look like?   Posted: 10/17/2020 17:26:38

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Janet,
I find the sense of movement that is conveyed to me in this image by the angle of the pods pleasing. Also I think that revealing the shapes of the pods at the left hand side reinforces the importance of the milkweed pest. I agree with Tracy and find your manipulation of the background to compliment rather than detract from the image.

The shadows, however, are a bit distracting. I attempted to remove one of them in the attached image.   Posted: 10/18/2020 15:27:43
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Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa.
Thanks for the comments. You did a great job removing the shadows!
Janet   Posted: 10/18/2020 16:30:33

Dick States   Dick States
Great image, I like the repeat pattern of the pods. I think you did great with the background out of focus and the pod in focus. Great bright red bug as a focal point. I spent some time with this, did a crop, darkened the background, added structure to add texture to the pods and lightened the pods a little. I don't think I improved the image just another idea. What do you think?   Posted: 10/18/2020 15:28:29
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Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Dick. I do like what you did. It brings the focus to the bug. Vertical instead of the squarish look helps also. Thanks for your ideas.
I feel it really helps to have other people work on the images. That is one of the reasons I enjoy this experience. Also for what it is worth - I had a hard time getting into the dialogue this month with the new chart. (Finally figured it out.)
Janet   Posted: 10/18/2020 16:17:58

Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
(Group 65)
I like the photo just the way it is. If I have any suggestion, it would be not to cut off the tips of the pods at the top of the image. The colors are great, the background complements the pods, it is sharp, and the insect pops!   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:17:21

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Good idea for a photo! Love the bug and it's color. I agree that the shadows are distracting, and I agree with the idea of cropping to get the bug to be more clearly the focal point. When it's done, however, I then miss the tops of some of the pods. I wonder what it would look like if you rotated it 90 degrees, kept the tops of the two left pods, and cropped out most of the rest so you'd have a long, narrow photo. Just an idea. Can someone tell me how I can pull a photo up into LR so I could try it before making the suggestion?   Posted: 10/20/2020 16:46:21
Dick States   Dick States
I hope someone will help that knows more than I do. I right click and copy, then paste in to my PSA folder. I then click on the image and open into photoshop.
  Posted: 10/20/2020 18:13:12
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you! Anyone else with suggestions how to do it? I mainly use LR and am very much a beginner on PS.   Posted: 10/20/2020 21:49:13
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Dick - where is your PSA folder?   Posted: 10/20/2020 21:51:25


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