Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, PPSA  

Two Dianas by Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, PPSA

August 2022 - Two Dianas

August 2022 - Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

These are two female Diana Fritillaries, a species that is native to the southern Appalacians and the Ouachita Mountain of Arkansas. What I liked about this image was that it shows both the upper and undersides of the wing. They were photographed in the very early morning in deep shade on a Button Bush, another Arkansas native.
Canon R5; Canon 100-500mm lens, handheld but balanced on a beanbag on the edge of the car widow frame. ISO 5000; f/7.1; 1/640 sec.
The image was cropped in LR then put through Topaz AI DeNoise. Back in LR white and black pointse were set and contrast and clarity adjusted.In Photoshop I did touch up and removed a chunk of shabby-looking dead bloom. In OnOne Effects I applied filter 80A, gave it a Rich Glow at 15 percent then painted it out on the butterflies; I added high pass sharpening at 20 percent and a vignette. Thanks for any suggestions you might have for improving this image.

14 comments posted

Ally Green   Ally Green
What a beautiful image. The soft early morning light depicting the patterns on the butterflies is wonderful. The button bush looks intriguing too with sharp focus on the detail too. When i take 2 subjects i always have a hard time getting everything in focus so any helpful tips would be appreciated as yours image is outstanding! Haven't moved to Mirrorless yet but thinking i might..   Posted: 08/10/2022 10:34:51
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Ally. The animal eye tracking in both the Sony and Canon camers is outstanding! You will not be sorryif yu switch to the Canon R5 or one of the Sony cameras.   Posted: 08/12/2022 10:35:38

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I think this is absolutely beautiful. Your post processing is right on. It brings out the lovely tonality of the scene and separates the subject from the background beautifully. Not a thing I would change.   Posted: 08/10/2022 13:05:20
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks for your comments, Mike. I am going to submit a group of my butterfly images to the Portfolio Asessment Committee in September. I am going to use this image as part of it. This is my first try - Bronze level. I have been wanteing to do this forever, but just haven't felt ready until now.   Posted: 08/12/2022 10:37:50
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Good luck!   Posted: 08/12/2022 19:33:08

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Getting both sides of left butterfly's wings adds to the shot. I have a full image of what the butterfly looks like. The button bush adds more color to the shot, and I like the color of the background. And, I am often impressed with how well you separate the subject from the background.
The brown background button on the bush is a distraction because it is dead center. I see it quite soon. At the top of that is an orange spot that is not attached to the rest of the flower. The last thing that pulls my attention is the left wing. When compared to the original, it seems too purple. I think decreasing the purple will add to the shot.
  Posted: 08/10/2022 15:54:38
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks for your comments Lisa. I am submitting a portfolio o f butterfly images for the Bronze Distinction in September, and this is one of the images I will use. Not sure what to do about the button bush though - actually, from your comment it sounds like your eye is traveling through the image, but you did not say that is where it comes to rest - unless I am misunderstanding.
As for the purple, I do not see a purple cast, and the others have not mentioned it, so I am wondering if our monitors are calibrated differently. I use the Spyder 5 Pro and regularly check the calibration. I also pulled the image into Color Efest Pro 4 and applied the filter for "Remove Color Cast" and it did not seem to do anything noticeable. Based on your suggestion I moved the WB slider to the right a very tiny bit. The change was minimal with that also.   Posted: 08/12/2022 10:46:21
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
My eye travels all over the image and doesn't rest on the brown button; however I do notice it. It seems odd to me because it is the only thing that is not sharp. That was my thought when I looked at it. The rest of the image is quite sharp.

I am attaching a copy of your image and have circled the orange spot and a green spot. I think it would help to remove the two spots.vThey don't seem to be attached to something else.   Posted: 08/12/2022 12:18:51
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Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Yes, I cloned out those tiny spots. I would not have seen then if you hadn't called my attention to them, so thanks. I also gave a lot of thought to what to do about the spent brown bloom. I finally decided that it does not bother me - to me, it is just a natural part of nature - not all flowers on any plant bloom at the same time, and the butterflies are not on the spent bloom - so I decided to leave it alone. I like the cool tones in this image which seem authentic to me as the capture was made in deep shade. The butterflies are naturally a deep purple-black with blue spots, so for me, it seems to work. Just a matter of personal preference, I think.   Posted: 08/13/2022 14:32:42

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
You do such beautiful images of butterflies. It seems we tend to like seeing the face/eyes of animals/insects but I think this really works because like you said you can see both the upper and lower sides of the wings. I think your post processing is well done and both of the butterflies are very sharp. Out of curiosity, what is the object that seems to come out of the mouth of the left butterfly? Is it the tongue? If so it is amazingly long. I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 08/10/2022 17:58:47
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks, Pam. What is protruding from the mouthof the butterfly on the left is the proboscis, a tubular structure the butterfly uses to suck up the nectar. I am pulling together a porfolio of butterfly images to submit to the Portfolio Assessment Committee in September and this is one of the images I will include. So your feedback is very encouraging!   Posted: 08/12/2022 10:50:23

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful image of these butterflies in their natural habitat. The pattern is so beautifully displayed, and the underside of the wing, and proboscis are bonus features. I especially like the button bush plant seen in all three flowering stages. No natural I feel I am walking through that field. The composition is enhanced by the flowing diagonal lines, triangular shapes and groupings of two and three. The background is marvelous in its simplicity and tone. Definitely worthy of inclusion in your portfolio.   Posted: 08/12/2022 13:24:41

LC Boros   LC Boros
A nice capture! Since you want to submit it my only suggestions is that on my screen there's a bit of noise on the right wing of the left butterfly. Plus I maybe messing around a bit with the crop might be interesting.

Here's my go off the original:   Posted: 08/14/2022 23:35:39
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
(Groups 7 & 32 & 57)
How fortunate to find 2 butterflies both sitting still, and in the same focal plane. I am lucky to find a single butterfly being still. Great shot, and it does show both the front and back of the wings.   Posted: 08/16/2022 13:54:59


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