Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Waiting for Dry Wings by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

October 2021 - Waiting for Dry Wings

October 2021 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

I found some Monarch caterpillars in my garden and moved them into a habitat along with a Butterly Milkweed plant that I still had in a pot. After about 10 days they formed chrysalises. Ten days later they emerged as Monarch Butteflies. I quickly moved them back to the garden and grabbed my camera. This shot shows one of then soon after emerging while the wings are stil wet. After a while they began to open and close their wings and soon they flew off. Canon R5; Canon 100-400mm lens handheld. ISO 1000, F/8.0; 1/1000 sec.
The image was slightly cropped and adjusted for white and black points in LR. Next step ws AI DeNoise. In PS I removed the leaf on the right and a bright spot bottom left, then went to Viveza for selective adjustment.
In Color Efex Pro 4 I applied polarizer, foliage enhancement, reflector effects and darken/lighten Center. Back in LR I brushed in saturation on the wings and adjusted the green hue. In OnOne I added filter 85A, did high pass sharpening at 20 percent and finished with a subtle vignette.
I am thinking this might work as a canvas gallery wrap. Comments and suggestions will be welcomed.

3 comments posted

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
This is a fantastic image. Glad you took out that leaf on the right. Love the composition.   Posted: 10/02/2021 13:47:26

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Thank you for sharing the story behind the image. I think your post processing has worked very well. For me the lighter yellow spot on the right side of the wing is distracting. I'm being a little picky but the little piece of vegetation sticking in just below the top right leaf is bothersome. Border patrol is one of my mantras. I think it would look great as a gallery wrap. Beautiful image of the butterfly in its habitat.   Posted: 10/08/2021 16:31:34

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Very well done, and an interesting story. Every part of the butterfly is sharp especially the eye. I like the yellow on the wing. It is part of the story, and because it is clear and sharp, I know it is as meant to be.
If you have data, I'd like to see a few more pixels added to the top above the image.   Posted: 10/13/2021 05:13:06


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