Laurie McShane  

Cabbage White Butterfly by Laurie McShane

September 2023 - Cabbage White Butterfly

About the Image(s)

I thought that this little butterfly was pretty, but then learned that it destroys cabbage gardens. Because I nor any of my neighbors grow cabbages, I plan to simply appreciate them. This shot was taken with a Canon R6 Mark 2 at 200mm, F6.3, 1/800sec and ISO 1000. Because it had some noise, I did edit it in Topaz DeNoise, and cropped it. At this point, I can't remember if any other adjustments were made. I look forward to any suggestions!


13 comments posted

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Wow , I too did not know about this beautiful thing being a destroyer of farms of cabbage. Nicely done image. The backlight also helps to add to the beauty.   Posted: 09/01/2023 23:06:33
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Prasad!   Posted: 09/06/2023 12:41:28

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
What a great image. Love it. The details in the butterfly and flower stalk are excellent.

Very nice composition as well. I like the position of the butterfly and how much space it takes up of the image.

The bright white areas in the background are tricky to deal with. I think you did a good job toning them down.

If I was to suggest one thing, I would have been a bit more aggressive with the Topaz Denoise app (love that app, I think ti does a wonderful job). I can till see a hint of poise in the background.   Posted: 09/05/2023 19:13:36
Laurie McShane
Thanks so much, Keith. I appreciate the DeNoise suggestion - I'm always afraid to do too much, so I'll try to step it up a little....   Posted: 09/06/2023 12:41:10
Keith Francis   Keith Francis
My process is to apply enough denoise to get rid of the noise and then check the rest of the image for sharpness degrading or any other issues caused by excessive Denoise. The odd time I'll be too aggressive and during my check I'll see a drop in sharpness. If that is the case then I delete the denoised layer and try again with a gentler hand.   Posted: 09/06/2023 13:12:59
Laurie McShane
Thanks so much - I'll give it a try!   Posted: 09/12/2023 15:46:57

Kathleen Colligan
Laurie, this is so impressive showing all the details of this tiny moth and pretty flower. I think it is perfect !
  Posted: 09/12/2023 07:53:25
Laurie McShane
Thanks so much, Kathleen   Posted: 09/12/2023 15:48:35

Jerry Taylor   Jerry Taylor
Excellent DOF. Every creature has a purpose. Most of these have a very short life time. Still, it is a beauty.   Posted: 09/12/2023 09:49:26
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Jerry!   Posted: 09/12/2023 15:48:59

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
The soft background makes this work. Nice image. A voracious eater! Yikes.

In a perfect photo world, with this light butterfly, a darker background would make it "pop" a bit more. Maybe try a background substitution or just isolate the background an darken it? But, be careful not to diminish the flower. A bit of editing dancing, but you might like the result even more.   Posted: 09/12/2023 09:57:40

Laurie McShane
Thanks, Andrew. I'll try that!   Posted: 09/12/2023 15:50:01

David Garrison
I agree with a darker background. Nice focus. Caution on making the backgound to dark as we won't see why light is going thru the wings.   Posted: 09/15/2023 13:23:10


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