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Butterfly Macro #3
Butterfly Macro #3

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Backyard
Date: Jul 28, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2004

Took about 100 shots and got a few OK ones...This one is a swallowtail butterfly on a butterfly bush overhanging our pool.

Editing steps include:

Adjusted levels
Filtered with Neat Image to remove some noise
Unsharp mask
Increased Saturation
Used blur tool on blue background to smooth out some extra noise
Cropped and resized

Place: 63 out of 248
Avg (all users): 5.7742
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6942
Avg (non-participants): 5.9231
Views since voting: 823
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 186
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2004 12:41:15 PM
very nice photo....I love the colors, and the blurred foreground of flowers. I really like the compostion too.....This is my favorite photo thus far....a 10 from me
08/08/2004 04:28:48 AM
Very nice cropping/composition and the colours are electric. My equal favourite bug shot this challenge. Congrats.
08/06/2004 05:31:59 PM
Beautiful, dynamic study. Strange colours but I like it.
08/05/2004 10:49:03 PM
interesting angle. the edges on the flowers look a little too harsh, but i like the photo anyway. :)
08/05/2004 12:41:27 AM
Dead or alive? Almost looks staged. Nice detail on the head. Good job.
08/04/2004 04:48:39 PM
Outstanding! I like the 3 zones of the photo: Wings; Background; and flowers. Comp is good. DOF is terrific! Colors (except the bug) make my teeth hurt a bit. Maybe just a bit oversaturated.
08/04/2004 01:12:52 PM
Good shot, nice blue background
08/03/2004 02:55:23 AM
Awesome 10
08/02/2004 04:52:32 PM
I love the insect, but the post-processing on the flowers seems a little overdone to me.
08/02/2004 07:08:28 AM
I am no expert on butterflies but it looks a bit unnatural, feeding while not having landed on the flower (it won't influence my voting). I think the composition is a bit off, too far to the left, and the colors are extremely strong. But a good sharp image and good use of depth of field.

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