Nelson Charette  

Butterfly on Flower by Nelson Charette

June 2021 - Butterfly on Flower

June 2021 - Nelson Charette


About the Image(s)

I made this image on photographers' night at the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly night.

I used my Olympus OMD-M1X, with my 40-150 mm 2.8 pro lens. Shot at ISO 1600, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, at 150 mm. Used the in-camera focus stacking mode, to try and get everything sharp. Edited in Capture One 21, made the border in Photoshop. Cropped in on the image just a bit.

7 comments posted

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I don't think I have ever seen a white butterfly! The butterfly is nicely in focus and I agree with your crop. It is a shame that the butterfly wing is so close to the edge of the image, but I definitely feel cropping out the sides makes for a more dynamic composition.   Posted: 06/09/2021 08:12:30
Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Thanks, I might be able to expand the top of the image in photoshop, to give more room for the wing.   Posted: 06/09/2021 08:16:41

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice capture, Nelson. Glad he stayed still long enough for your stacking burst. How many images were combined to make this shot? Like the white border as well. Yeah, a little more breathing room at the top would be nice but I understand in the field you don't always have that option.   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:03:01

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You did a wonderful job of capturing the butterfly. It has great focus and stands out nicely against the blurred background. There is a nice contrast between the white butterfly ad the vibrant pink and green. I agree with the others that a little more space on the top of the frame would strengthen your composition, eliminating the merger of the wing and the border. If there is any way to darken or clone out the light yellow and orange diagonal shape to the left of the flower, I think it would be an even stronger image.   Posted: 06/10/2021 21:54:13

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Nelson, you have captured the butterfly beautifully. I like your frame, it works well with the white butterfly.
I too would experiment with changing the crop just a little and try to diminish the diagonal orange flower behind the pink.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:50:52

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A nice image of the white butterfly. I would agree with some of the comments above. I would suggest that you leave a little more space ,above the butterfly's wing, as well as darken or blur out the leaves around it. I also would remove or darken the area at the top right corner. The white frame around the image is just to big. You eye goes to the butterfly and the white frame. I would use a white frame no larger than 3piv.   Posted: 06/17/2021 12:02:39
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Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Nelson, I have never seen a white butterfly before. This one is beautiful and so sharp. Yes, more space on top would be better. You may be able to add some canvas on the top in PS and clone more of the green background. The yellow and orange flowers do distract even though they are in the background.   Posted: 06/17/2021 18:03:03


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