Gabriele Dellanave, PPSA, BPSA  

Succulent Lunch by Gabriele Dellanave, PPSA, BPSA

August 2020 - Succulent Lunch

About the Image(s)

Thank to the Covid sheltering inn for the first time in my life I'm dedicating my time to macro photography. I have my old Nikon camera fitted with a lens, a 55mm MICRO-NIKKOR, that I never used before. Here you see some of the results, and they are not too bad. Note the tongue of the little butterfly, is about an inch. long. Incredible. Nikon D7000 with Micro Nikkor 55mm 3.4; f/11; shutter speed 1/250; ISO 320. Post processing with PS/LR.

5 comments posted

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
When I first saw this image I was struck by the colors. The yellow, purple and green, in my opinion, really draw the viewer into the image. To my eye the image is sharp and composition is balanced and appropriate. There is certainly enough going on to satisfy my eyes. I think a little border patrol would be in order. To me the red stalks and the foliage in the upper left are unnecessary and a bit of a distraction. The complimenting green, yellow/orange and purple are more than enough for me. I am a fan of bold natural color so I would brighten the insect, intensify the purple and darken the mostly green background to
highlight your primary subjects. In my opinion, a little cropping would eliminate the border distractions. A very nice image well executed.   Posted: 08/02/2020 11:39:29
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Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I really like the story, the lighting. and I think Kurtis has some excellent suggestions.   Posted: 08/02/2020 22:10:26

Gabriele Dellanave   Gabriele Dellanave
I agree with Kurtis, actually I should have delete those leaves for sure. But during the post process I didn't pay much attention to that, my attention was taken by that little guy of a tiny butterfly, if it is a butterfly, and I didn't want to ruin the shape of that flower. If you look carefully at the image you would see th fully extended tongue of that little flying object. You will note the fully extended tongue that he was using to suck in the pollen from the flowers. And that tongue is remarkably long for aa critter of that size. Thank you for the comments.   Posted: 08/05/2020 15:33:46
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Sylvia Bacon   Sylvia Bacon
A beautiful picture, Gabriele, with nice composition. My opinion such as it is, would be to desaturate/or tone down the color of the flower and leaves. Then, crop parts of the flower and accent the butterfly so it becomes the primary focal point. Great capture of the butterfly!   Posted: 08/06/2020 19:08:36

Regine Guillemin
Great picture Gabriele. composition color and subject . I really like the shape of the Flower. But here I see 2 pictures , the flower and the butterfly. My eye goes back and forth and cannot decide where to stop. The shape of the flower could be a picture by itself . Hope you took more pictures of it . Then
I would try to crop this picture to draw the attention of the viewer to the Butterfly.overall it is an interesting image , very dynamic.   Posted: 08/09/2020 13:41:54


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