Dan Olson  

Brilliant Orange by Dan Olson

October 2019 - Brilliant Orange

October 2019 - Dan Olson


About the Image(s)

Adjustments Exposure + 1.10 - Highlights -100 - Shadows +100 - Whites -25 - Blacks -39 - Texture +8 - Clarity +5 - Dehaze +7 - Vibrance +4 - Saturation +5 - Sharping amount 150 masking 80 - Noise Reduction luminance 39 - Enable profile lens correction - Post Crop Vignetting -7

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9 comments posted

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
What a beautiful image. Love the body of the butterfly and how sharp she is. Very interesting flower and so sharp. Good job Dan!   Posted: 10/01/2019 15:00:28
Dan Olson   Dan Olson
(Group 90)
Thank you Jamie.

  Posted: 10/07/2019 20:09:58

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
The butterfly and the flower are very sharp and the colors work well together. You managed to find a perfect specimen! That is not always easy to do, so I know you must have worked hard. You have not indicated the camera settings, so I wonder about aperture and ISO. As presented, the background is quite busy, which for me is distracting. I am thinking a more wide-open shutter along with a higher ISO may have solved this problem and given you a bokeh that wouold make this image a stand out.   Posted: 10/06/2019 11:59:20
Dan Olson   Dan Olson
(Group 90)
Hi Sharon, The camera setting where iso 1600, F 16, SS 1/640 sec.. This is best match I fond for butterflies so far. When I first started Butterfly photography I used F9 and could not get the whole butterfly in focus. Then I went to F11 and this still did not work well. So I went to F13 and most of the time the tips of the wings where not in focus. This is how I ended up with F16 and it works. I use a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens with a 2X teleconverter so I can get closer to the butterflies and not to have to crop so much. In the give and take with photography, if the background is to close the bokeh is less and this is the best I can get. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it? Thank you Dan   Posted: 10/07/2019 20:29:16
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
I understand what you are saying about how close the subject is to the background being a factor and I agree with you. But my point is that when the background is close to the subject you can use a higher ISO and a wider aperture and still get the subject entirely in focus and have a nice bokeh effect instead of a busy background. What you could try is setting up in your yard using a small toy or object the size of a butterfly and experiment with increasing ISO and opening up the aperture until you get a feel for how it works. We use one of those stuffed birds that they sell in the state park gift shops for this kind of experimentation.   Posted: 10/08/2019 10:39:47

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
What a beautiful capture. The butterfly is sharp throughout and as you mentioned, that is not always easy to achieve. I might darken the background a bit, perhaps a bit of vignetting.   Posted: 10/08/2019 15:44:58

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Dan: You have captured the flower and butterfly very well, and with your 70-200 with the 2X converter you would need to use f/16 as you have done to obtain complete depth of field on the flower and butterfly. The use of f/16 for good depth of field on the flower also adds another issue, busy backgrounds. Sharon has mentioned the background being quite busy and distracting and I tend to concur.
My own personal opinion; In botanical photography the background needs to compliment and support the main subject, if your background is busy it distracts from an otherwise fine flower and butterfly image. In post processing try to darken the background and even diffuse it a little if you can, this would place more emphasis on the main subject which is really very nice.   Posted: 10/08/2019 23:41:55

Patrick Lynch   Patrick Lynch
Hello Dan, I enjoy taking butterfly photos also. The challenge I find is the focus through out. I will have to try your technique. I like the clarity and color. The only suggestion is more of a blurry background. I know it's difficult with a f16 aperture. It would need to be done in post processing. Very nice work.   Posted: 10/10/2019 07:20:22

My comments duplicate what others have said. The butterfly and flower are very good. Cropping as you did and adjusting the tones helped immensely. Still, I find the busy background distracting as others did. Another option is to make a background card to position behind the flower using a Plamp to hold it in place, then wait for the butterfly. The background could be either a solid colored card or a photo you've made of a defocused subject of appropriate color. For example, solid green or black. At any rate, nice job.   Posted: 10/20/2019 04:31:17