Debbie Perez  

Butterfly in the Garden by Debbie Perez

June 2020 - Butterfly in the Garden

June 2020 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

Last year, I bought a full spectrum Canon RP (mirrorless). This is an early photo I took with it. I think I used a 665 filter. Unfortunately, I not really sure how I landed here. I did use the custom IR LUT in LR. Then I went into PS. I don't think I used Clir but I did apply some sort of plugin (Topaz studio maybe) to colorize the photo. I then added a yellow color layer in divide mode that pulled out some of the blue (strange but it pays to play). I also add color to the flowers because they were brighter than the butterfly. I photoshopped some distractions and added a vignette. I need to take notes but Haven't been too diligent with that aspect.

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

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Delicate is not a word I usually associate with IR images. But you have created a deliciously delicate image here. Nicely done Debbie.   Posted: 06/09/2020 15:06:09
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks, appreciate your comments. I felt like an imposter when first seeing everyone else's beautiful work this month. Such great talent in this group!   Posted: 06/11/2020 13:43:38

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
You have produced a beautiful image. The colouration of the leaves is superb, but the icing on the cake is the butterfly spread eagled with the light shining through its wings. the flowers are also standing out prominently. All in all a cracking image however you did it. I also don't make notes as I chop and change a lot and forget how I came to the end result sometimes. If I were to make an improvement I would crop a bit off the top getting rid of the golden lightish part
which would make the flowers and butterfly jump forward. Great shot.   Posted: 06/10/2020 03:05:25
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
See it now! This is one that I wished I had taken notes on when producing. I need to spend time refining my IR workflow but haven't photographed much since March. Need to amble around to see where I can go safely.   Posted: 06/11/2020 13:41:44

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Wow! The butterfly as rendered here looks like a glass ornament. I have to keep reminding myself that it is a real live monarch. For me there is too much white foliage which draws my eye away from your center of interest. I believe I would consider removing that little bit of spoiled blossom or foliage just below the butterfly as well. I like the color you have applied to the flowers; it does indeed create a delicate feel in my opinion. I have been heavily focused on butterflies these last few weeks but never considered trying then in IR. You have inspired me.   Posted: 06/14/2020 12:25:50
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Look forward to seeing what you will create. I wasn't going to process this photo initially but started playing around with it and thought it was different.
  Posted: 06/14/2020 12:49:36

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
When I first looked at the picture I went directly to the butterfly and the flower where it landed and did not spend any time with the leaves below the butterfly. Since those leaves are quite dominate they are a conflict with the beauty of the butterfly and the surrounding flowers. You could make a case for cropping out all those leaves. Unfortunately you have that bright white rail that not only divides the scene but doesn't help the main interest.   Posted: 06/14/2020 14:23:08

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Lovely delicate colours in the flowers and butterfly. I wonder if you could darken down the leaves to make them less distracting. Unfortunately the bright white area above the rail spoils the photograph but you could try darkening this area too to make it less dominant.   Posted: 06/15/2020 01:36:40

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I would crop into the image, and get closer to the butterfly. Nice processing.   Posted: 06/18/2020 15:42:42