Judith Lesnaw  

Tattered by Judith Lesnaw

October 2020 - Tattered

About the Image(s)

Last month I was in my yard attempting to photograph a butterfly in flight. That did not happen, but a rather large butterfly whose wing had clearly been nibbled upon posed for me. During post processing in Lightroom I accidently reduced saturation to 0. I loved the black and white version and re processed in monochrome. I used a Canon 80D with a Tamron 16-300mm lens at 300mm. Settings were: ISO 800; 1/50 sec; f8.

3 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Judith, This image isn't working too well for me. The softness of the butterflies head and antenna leads me to concentrate of the top flower/foliage and the right wing veins. The background sprig atop the right wing is an unfortunate juxtaposition. The most 'tattered' parts are out of focus on the left wing. If the butterfly was yellow & black it could contrast by color with the plant and background which would better draw attention to its deteriorating wings. While the top right quadrant has nothing to do with 'tattered', it gives the impression of the motion in flight you were originally seeking. Flying butterflies are challenging to get in good focus. Sometimes you burn through a memory card and have to settle for a beer to drown the frustration. Karl   Posted: 10/09/2020 15:47:03

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Judith....a well intentioned image, but I have to agree with everything Karl has said. Poor Tattered has his tail cut off as well. I think you should try some more of these as the effect in B&W could be quite interesting if the composition worked a little better. Butterflies (and bees - I often try to get interesting images of my bees, but as yet, no luck) are hugely challenging and patience is an absolute must!   Posted: 10/20/2020 01:56:12

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Interesting image and good effort. However I agree with the others. You might have cropped at the edge of the body and just showed the left wing. However, it is not in focus. So as an alternative, you might have cropped off the left wing and just concentrated on the right and whatever flowers you had left (or the flowers by themself) and renamed it. I have never been able to catch a photo of a butterfly. Once I got a fly on a lemon, but that was an accident!   Posted: 10/24/2020 15:08:42


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