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Swallowtail Garden
Swallowtail Garden

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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: New Hope, PA
Date: Aug 29, 2006
Aperture: 1/80s
ISO: 200
Shutter: f/5.6
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

Was in the suburbs for a party and went chasing butterflies in the garden. This is and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. There were also Monarchs and a Black Swallowtail that were too damned fast to catch. I finally found some Monarchs to shoot that were feeding on clover growing on the adjacent farm.

I love the strong colors of the butterfly and the soft colors of the flowers. I framed it in camera with the wings on the diagnol for a strong composition. I probably should have opened the DOF a bit. The tails might get me some grief for being OOF.

I'm not happy with the greens they don't match the greens in Photoshop. They're not as vibrant. Gr...

Editing: RSE(WB and Exposure Comp), PSE(Levels, Contrast, Hue/Sat, Dudge&Burn, Cloning, maybe USM)

Place: 360 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.5709
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.5544
Avg (non-participants): 5.6296
Views since voting: 776
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 247
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/14/2006 08:27:37 PM
Critique Club Review:

Focus is very good, depth of field suffers where you have already noted at the tails. Good separation between the subject and the background.

Subject is a little bit centered, but not a critical problem. i like the overall composition.

Color saturation and hue are done very well. Brightness is good, but a little brighter wouldn't hurt. Contrast is good.

There does appear to be a halo along the butterfly's right antenna. Looks like overprocessing, but could be a jpeg artifact.

Overall a nice picture with good colors. Could see it hanging on my wall.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 10:36:45 PM
Another nice butterfly capture. Good colours, maybe needs a deeper dof.
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09/07/2006 08:07:29 PM
Beautiful macro
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09/07/2006 06:36:45 AM
Very nice shot, and one of the better butterfly shots I have seen in a while.
Minor sharpening halo, but easy enough to clean up. Well done.
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09/05/2006 04:16:35 PM
Like the wing spread, wish it would of been a little more in focus.
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09/05/2006 10:47:04 AM
look at that wing span...great shot! lovely colors! 10
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09/04/2006 09:13:43 PM
That is a nice specimen swallowtail. They tend to get a little bedraggled at this end of the season.
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09/04/2006 01:31:53 PM
gorgeous shot... love the bokeh... great colors!!
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09/04/2006 02:54:21 AM
This picture looks perfect to me... the complimentary colors, the shallow depth of field... it all works very well. 9.
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09/03/2006 09:19:33 PM
nice bokeh and colors.
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09/03/2006 12:21:56 PM
When you get to the in focus part it's disappointing because of oversharpening.
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09/01/2006 04:08:09 PM
Composition: 4 - Too centered for me, and the right wing comes a bit close to the edge of the frame.
Technical: 7 - Very nicely exposed with good vibrant colours and nice DoF too. The sharpness of the butterly is great.
Creativity: 5 - There isn't anything here for me that separates it from other butterfly shots. Perhaps a less traditional angle or more of a closeup would be better?
Appeal: 6 - A pleasing photo to look at but nothing sets it above the rest.

Overall Calculated Average Score: 5
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09/01/2006 09:08:34 AM
I like the angle the butterfly is in. Love how your showing the plant he is on and the pastel colors in the background. This one is better than mine! ;)
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