Betty Drinkut  

Monarch Larva Go Round by Betty Drinkut

October 2020 - Monarch Larva Go Round

October 2020 - Betty Drinkut


About the Image(s)

This month's view is a monarch butterfly larva on a common milkweed. I used my Fuji W3 in the afternoon sun. It was processed using SPM, Irfanview and Gimp.

5 comments posted

David Allen   David Allen
My first thought was "a pretty picture of leaves" - then I read your comment and realized that the larva was the point of the image. By lightening up the larva some in PhotoShop might bring one's attention to it more at first glance. Did you use SPM to wrap the image on the surface of the sphere? When I used that function on a square image in SPM, I seemed to get the top, bottom and sides of my image way to much compressed like this appears. To get around that, I would have used a larger image, with this portion of the larva view in the center, and wrapped the whole image on the sphere and then cropped the outer parts using PhotoShop. The main 4 leaves and the larva all fuse well in 3D but the rest of the image doesn't work that well.   Posted: 10/09/2020 13:40:53

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Betty, I have a butterfly garden in my front yard and it mostly attracts monarchs. I have never seen a 3D photo like this; it is outstanding. I will ask as David did; did you user SPM to wrap the image on the surface of the sphere?   Posted: 10/11/2020 14:59:51

Betty Drinkut   Betty Drinkut
David, I will see about adjusting the color of the larva.
I used the spheric deformation in Edit drop down of SPM. I distorted the colors in GIMP.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:19:21

Brian Davis   Brian Davis
Yes I saw the caterpillar straight away and it is a very dramatic image that catches the eye immediately. These two circular images in this round are the first I have ever seen, and they add another dimension.   Posted: 10/16/2020 15:43:19

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Nice image. I liked your post processing and spherical deformation. The image has nice depth. The size of the caterpillar is small for the impact on it. May be brighter contrasting color may help.   Posted: 10/20/2020 01:31:17


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