Bai Chuang Shyu  

Lotus and Butterfly by Bai Chuang Shyu

July 2021 - Lotus and Butterfly

About the Image(s)

The lotus was taken from a small pool of the campus in the Academia Sinica. The butterfly was unexpected addition. My Nikon D700 was hand-held with f/5.6, 1/500 sec and ISO200. The zoom lens of 210 mm was used. After post processing of saturation and contrast in Viveza2, I isolated the lotus and butterfly first and then de-saturated the blurred background and finally cropped in PhotoShop.

5 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Your image of a butterfly on a lotus pod is very fortuitous. Both subjects appear to be in good focus, and their colors are similar. I like your idea of decreasing the saturation of the background. It does makes the lotus and butterfly stand out although I might prefer a little more color in the background rather than making it completely desaturated. If I were to make any other suggestions, it might be to crop off some of the image on the right and bottom.   Posted: 07/01/2021 12:09:32
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
David! Thanks for your comments and suggestion! When I crop the image, I leave some space on the right to make a slight variation of the style that is asymmetrical to break the left right balance. When I learned the photographical lesson, I was told not to place the subject in the center. It makes me wonder what is the merit of placing the dominate eye in the center? Now I feel you are right, I should crop off some bits on the bottom.   Posted: 07/01/2021 23:46:14

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I particularly like the lotus flower. You have lovely lines, beautiful subtle colors and nice details. For my taste, the butterfly is a little over sharpened. I would suggest cropping some of the right side. I know it's a matter of taste, but I would prefer the background was a dark, rich green rather than gray.   Posted: 07/08/2021 21:06:23

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Very nice Bai, excellent post processing. Image is sharp, a nice slight lean to the left, and a beautiful butterfly! Well done.   Posted: 07/09/2021 12:04:47

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson


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