Janis Walters  

Monarch Butterfly on milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) by Janis Walters

August 2019 - Monarch Butterfly on milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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Monarch Butterfly on milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Tamron 18-400 mm lens at 400mm f/6.3 ISO 1600 1/1000.

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8 comments posted

Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
Janis - this is beautiful. I love the creamy background and the sharp focus on the butterfly. The only suggestion I have (and it's minor) would be to blur the leaf in the lower left hand corner. One other thing is that when I click on your image it's so small that it's difficult to see details. You might want to check the settings when you export your photos.   Posted: 08/05/2019 10:57:49
Janis Walters
Thanks Laurie. What settings should I be using to export my photos? I have not figured out Lightroom yet so I am using the Photos program that came on my MacBook. Editing is very limited with this program, so I need to dive into Lightroom and learn how to use it.   Posted: 08/05/2019 14:31:58

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Janis - what a lovely image. The background is soft and the close up details clear. I love that you have captured the butterfly's antennae inspecting the milkweed.
The composition is lovely. My only suggestion for you is the same as Laurie's. Well done.   Posted: 08/06/2019 15:35:17

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I agree with Laurie.The one leaf the butterfly is not on could be blurred out a little more. You could probably do this in Photoshop. You could even get rid of it all together. Other wise, I think it is a great shot.

Planning on trying to grow milkweed in my own yard next season to attract more butterflies.   Posted: 08/10/2019 08:27:07

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Nice shoot with good details. The antennae and legs are in focus and your background is nicely sharp. You may want to add a slight vignette to keep the eye in the frame.

I, too, would appreciate a larger image size to view. I size at 140 resolution and 1024 X 768 (can't be taller than that) pixels.
  Posted: 08/14/2019 10:22:25
Janis Walters
Thanks Cindy. I will post next month at a larger image size.   Posted: 08/14/2019 12:56:17

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I like all the colors -- the background and the colors of the milkweed as well as the butterfly. I think your crop and composition are perfect. I would clone the leaf above the head of the butterfly as well as the small leaf at the left bottom of the image as Laurie suggested.

Lightroom makes it very easy to export the images at the right resolution.   Posted: 08/20/2019 17:32:13

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Nice butterfly shot. I would try and bring up the shadows a bit and add more saturation.   Posted: 08/22/2019 16:20:52