Barbara Dunn  

Teinopalpus imperialis by Barbara Dunn

October 2020 - Teinopalpus imperialis

About the Image(s)

This photo was shot as part of a one day photo shoot held at the Morton Arboretum. It is from part of the Denton Rare Butterfly Collection, dating to 1895. The collection is not on display, but part of it was released for this special opportunity last year. It was challenging to shoot indoors on a white background, being careful not to get harsh shadows in the image. The butterflies were mounted in small glass frames, so reflections were also an issue.

180mm macro lens; 0.6 sec.; f.18; ISO 640

Steps taken to achieve image:
1. Cropped to square.
2. Brightened image, using Photoshop "Brighten/Contrast"
3. Using "Content Aware," deleted specs of dust under glass container.
4. Resized for PSA website.

6 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

You handled the challenge of photographing on a white background well to create an even white. Also, you created a good abstract with a strong leading line.

I see that some areas, under the wing lack detail, and perhaps, you could brush on reduced exposure in that area.

Did you consider doing a selection of the wing, creating a solid fill background, and choosing a color which complemented the wing. I tried three versions picking out a green, a grey, and a black and felt that it made the image more dramatic.

It is a matter of taste and your intent - an abstract or duplicating the original image.

  Posted: 10/03/2020 23:03:09
Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Thanks, Judith. I hadn't thought of a colored background to increase the drama, and will have to try that.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:34:24

Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Reading how it was taken makes one realize you did a good job, as for the white background I actual enjoy of this light colours found in the Teinopalpus imperialis.

This capture of the Teinopalpus imperialis going from left to right without knowing makes it appear it could be a new product from FASHION etc but I enjoy how the depth of field is perfect for this capture and make it great.
  Posted: 10/09/2020 06:55:00

Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
A great abstract (without reading your description) and one that works, for me, with either the stark white background or a coloured one. The square format works well here.   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:47:10

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
nice composition and amazing detail. Great job.   Posted: 10/18/2020 13:24:19

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Barbara, what a wonderful macro image, it is sharp , great detail with an abstract feel, I like the way the square crop holds the image in the boundaries, would be interesting to see the body part of the wing in different corners.   Posted: 10/20/2020 05:31:37


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