Barbara Mallon  

Pipevine Swallowtail Feeding by Barbara Mallon

October 2019 - Pipevine Swallowtail Feeding

About the Image(s)

I took this photo in the Natural History Museum in Santa Barbara Butterflies Alive Exhibit with my Canon and a 24-70 L lens. I could not get the colors to work so I changed it to B&W in PhotoShop. There are the usual sharpening and burning and doing type adjustments. Plus I moved part of a leaf. (I also took photos with the cell phone. I liked the difference in depth of field. This is shallow and far more artistic then the documentary cell phone shots.)

2 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The butterfly is very sharp, with a great blurred background. I like the leaves in the image, and the sharpness of them. Conversion to B&W is a good way to simplify an image and get rid of too much color in a background. A suggestion would be to flip the image, which to me puts the butterfly into a better position and also lets the stem become a lead-in.   Posted: 10/13/2019 11:03:23
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
The conversion to b & w works well here, keep things simple. Fine detail and sharpness in the subject. The contrast in tone from the Swallowtail, leaves and white background makes this artistic rendition.   Posted: 10/15/2019 19:03:11


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