Jacob Wat  

Butterfly by Jacob Wat

December 2019 - Butterfly

About the Image(s)

I was not able to take any new photos this month but I had one older one from October that I thought was good and I had been working on for a while to figure out how to best crop and edit it.

The picture was taken on a LUMIX camera on October 5th. The photo was then enhanced using adobe photoshop to push the orange in the butterfly. The image was then cropped. For the photo I feel that the colors are more believable then my previous photo however I feel that there is a slight blue with the butterfly and I am unsure of how to fix that beyond getting a better camera or being better at timing. Any feedback would be wonderful.

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

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Jacob! Can you post your original so we can see what you started with? I think the butterfly looks okay. I'd start by dropping the Exposure on this, it seems very bright on my monitor. This will give you a richer, deeper color.

Unfortunately, there is no separation from the subject and the flowers--ideally, we'd like to see the flowers out of focus so they don't compete with the subject. In this situation, you can darken them by using your brush on Soft Light Blend mode and then start at a very low opacity and soft brush to darken everything but your butterfly. This will make the butterfly be the lightest thing and "pop" out at us. In the future, use a much lower f/stop number (or your f/stop wide open) and that will fade out the background.

You also might want to add a slight vignette--that is darken the corners with a very soft brush painting black on the edges, this will subtly draw your eye to the subject.

Do you have your EXIF data? ISO, speed, etc? That will allow us to give you some advice on how to get a sharper butterfly next time (look at Candy's owl for the level of detail).

Finally, I'd love to see your butterfly not so tight and centered. Perhaps your original allows for us to see more of his environment?

Nice use of diagonals--his body and antennae lead our eye across the composition.
  Posted: 12/01/2019 16:49:34

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Unfortunately the butterfly is lost in a busy background. Also the angle that you placed the butterfly feels awkward. It might have been better taken from directly behind the butterfly. I would also try to increase the saturation on the butterfly.   Posted: 12/10/2019 08:22:48

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
Nice shot. Unfortunately, the background is very busy.
It would be great to see which equipment and setup you used (focal length, speed, ASO, f stop, size of the sensor (probably a micro 4/3 in this case), etc...
Close up photography is not easy. Here the focus seems to be more on the background than the moth itself.
Trick: try to have the insect parallel to your lens - increasing the area in focus. Increasing the f stop would have helped to capture the whole insect in focus. Take multiple shots while moving gently your focus ring from behind to the front of the insect and select the best one after. Try selecting a less busy background. I liked the way you cropped it.
On the Lumix (which one?) you can trigger the magnification and add blue markers on the area in perfect focus by slightly moving the focus ring. (I use back button focussing to decouple the shutter from focussing - takes a little while to get use to it but works well.) You can also use Focus staking in Camera but this would require stabilization.
Keep on the good work.

  Posted: 12/14/2019 10:49:31

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Jocob, nice color palette with the butterfly/moth and foliage. Usually, it is recommended to have foliage that is fresh and not eaten by other bugs. The butterfly seems out of focus, I don't know if this is because you were too close or focused on the foliage instead of insect. AS Mervyn said the angle of the butterfly seems awkward. Usually it is better to have the wings equal in size.   Posted: 12/14/2019 14:47:58

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Jacob great subject, I do find the butterfly a little soft and lost in the foliage. I am not sure the f stop being used but I would suggest increasing it to give you a greater depth of field this may improve the sharpness of the picture. I don't know what you can do about the dead foliage?   Posted: 12/15/2019 10:22:44