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Gatekeeper by Robert Knight

October 2020 - Gatekeeper

October 2020 - Robert Knight

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About the Image(s)

This butterfly is called a gatekeeper. I was photographing in a stately home with a friend and we had gone to take photographs of the buildings. We walked into the gardens and came across a bed of flowers covered in butterflies. I didn't have my macro lens with me so this is taken with my 24-70mm lens at 70mm, 1/200sec, f5.6 ISO 200. In Photoshop I cropped the image and reduced the exposure of the background to place more emphasis on the butterfly.


6 comments posted




Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
So crisp and clear, especially hearing that you were re-directing from shooting architecture to butterflies! The crop might benefit from just a smidgen more taken from the bottom right - the light violet colored snippet keeps drawing my eye to it - and I'd like to learn how you isolated the butterfly from the background to differentiate the exposure reduction. It is probably clear that I don't use PS and I might have to revisit my skills so that I might practice getting your effects.   Posted: 10/07/2020 17:52:59
Robert Knight   Robert Knight
I take your point about the bottom right hand corner. I think trying to take a slightly tighter crop may unbalance the image. I have another idea which may work. I will post a revision when I have had a go at it. I actually isolated the background using the quick selection tool in Photoshop and then reduced the exposure to darken it and remove some of the highlights.   Posted: 10/09/2020 16:55:35



David Norris   David Norris
Hi Robert,

There is a lot to like about this image. the sharpness through the butterfly is good, it does fall off a bit at the tip on the right hand side. I think some people can get a little caught up with everything having to be sharp all the way through.

I did feel the white of the flower in the original was a great contrast to the butterfly and darkening down sort of muddies the waters a little if that makes sense. Overall a like the color of the butterfly and the angle of your crop.   Posted: 10/10/2020 21:30:41



David Norris   David Norris
Hi Robert,

There is a lot to like about this image. the sharpness through the butterfly is good, it does fall off a bit at the tip on the right hand side. I think some people can get a little caught up with everything having to be sharp all the way through.

I did feel the white of the flower in the original was a great contrast to the butterfly and darkening down sort of muddies the waters a little if that makes sense. Overall a like the color of the butterfly and the angle of your crop.   Posted: 10/10/2020 21:30:42



Angela Lin   Angela Lin
The original photo with green, purple, and orange is quite a plesant color palette to me; especially the orange-yellow is eye-catching already even on the purple flowers. If it is mine, I would treat this photo as a scene of a butterfly with flowers, then just crop left hand side and darken the bright area which would interfere the subject. Just my humble opinion.   Posted: 10/14/2020 14:00:58
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Robert Knight   Robert Knight
Hi Angela, thanks for your contribution. It is interesting how peoples' opinions vary and that you like the colour palette of the original. I felt that the highlights at the top of the flowers were burnt out which is why I cropped out as much as I could and then darkened the background. It also got rid of the green on the right hand side which I thought was distracting but which you like.   Posted: 10/19/2020 17:00:52



 

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