Abe Chen  

DRINK UP! by Abe Chen

August 2019 - DRINK UP!

About the Image(s)

I made this photo a month ago in the backyard garden. This adult butterfly landed on a flower, uncoiled its proboscis (a straw-like tube that is hidden away when not eating), and dipped it into the center of the bloom. The proboscis was long enough to reach the very bottom of tube-shaped flower. I was intrigued by the color of butterfly and flower. The image was taken with a Nikon D750 fitted with the micro Nikkor105 mm f2.8 lens, on tripod. The camera settings were 105mm, f/9, 1/320sec, at ISO-1600.
In post processing, LR and Photoshop CS4 were used to edit the image.

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5 comments posted

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
That's a cool photo! I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 08/14/2019 12:16:45

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
WOW!! This is a wonderful image. Congratulations on this winner...   Posted: 08/19/2019 15:48:42

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Great composition, color, lighting, and depth of field. After studying the image the following came to mind. These are all minor but I think the could improve the image. Going with a square image, would eliminate the white spot in the foreground and allow for expanding the left side a bit since it cuts into the leg which is part of the sharp area. I do not mind that the wings are cut off and blurred since that helps focus the eye on the action. The left antenna is out of focus while the right on is sharp. If you took several images at different settings it might be sharp in one of those images.   Posted: 08/23/2019 11:09:39

Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Love this image. Only suggestion I can add is to try a 11-14% vignette around the edges. That should darken the light area at the bottom and bring the attention more towards the action in the middle. Great job of getting the sharpness on the eyes and wing tips.   Posted: 08/24/2019 12:04:17

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
For me this is a great study in showing how selective the plane of focus is, even with f/9. I think that you got the most important items perfectly in focus, and that the out-of-focus antenna would not be a distraction if it were not extending straight into the field of interest. It might be possible to "create" an in-focus antenna. Also it might have been possible to raise the center of focus of the shot, though it looks like that still wouldn't have corrected the fact that the antenna was coming right towards the camera. Anyway, I really like the way the photo portrays the feeding butterfly.   Posted: 08/29/2019 10:54:20