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Challenge: Free Study 2007-01 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: Zoo
Date: Jan 20, 2007
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2007

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Statistics
Place: 157 out of 559
Avg (all users): 5.9937
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.9091
Avg (non-participants): 6.2703
Views since voting: 966
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 158
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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05/27/2007 03:51:35 PM
Love the DOF love the colours great job with the PP.
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04/17/2007 01:49:23 AM
beautiful macro
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04/09/2007 06:55:39 PM
Lovely =]
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03/19/2007 01:50:48 PM
Positives:
Beautiful macro with good color and softness that highlights the butterfly well. Nicely captured profile view. Good attempt at DOF such that the butterfly is sharply focused and everything else is not.

Technicals:
You chose to make the head and thorax sharpest and that is the correct decision. The impact of this image is absolutely dependent on perfect technicals. Though good, there are some things that are slightly off. The wing is little soft. In this particular instance the viewer will subconciously want the wing as sharp as the rest of the image and it is not.

There is a lot of extra space both above and below the butterfly that add very little to the composition. The space above the butterfly particularly has some sharpness aspects that actually act as a viewer distraction.

The challenge:
In a free study the technicals of a photograph affect it more than anything else since there is not such thing as DNMC. Technicals held this back more than anything else.

Suggestions:
You might consider cropping out some of the the top and bottom parts of the image to reduce \'wasted\' space. If you want to include the top part then you might want to use the blur tool to reduce it\'s distracting aspects. The wing is very close to the border and that is a slight distraction so moving it to the right would help.

You might consider bagging the white border all together. I\'m biased about that, though. I think borders are a waste of space, especially when limited to 640 pixels and would likely be removed for prints anyway. I don\'t vote down for them, but others could.

It would be nice to have the antennae in focus but that is tough.

The original was taken at f/2.8 and 1/125th second. Butterfly\'s generally have to be taken hand held and that affects what you can do. When the subject is still like this one is taking at a slower shutter speed for a slightly larger f/stop and therefore a little greater depth of field would be recommended.

Btw... I like butterfly imagery and taken a few myself:
//www.pbase.com/azleader/butterfly
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03/06/2007 11:07:37 AM
Awesome picture. Your colours look great. IMO should have placed way higher than 157, top 50 easy. Great job with this.
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03/06/2007 11:01:51 AM
Beautiful work capturing this graceful critter. The color tones are excellent. The point of focus is DOF are also very good. Working with such a shallow DOF, getting the right focus isnt easy and this is almost perfect in getting the whole wing in focus as well. The point of focus is perfect though. Do only wish there was a little bit of extra space on the left side. Great job! :)
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02/12/2007 08:03:42 PM
beautiful capture, DOF ve renkler harika.
02/12/2007 03:50:54 PM
So fragile, so little but oh so beautifull!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2007 04:52:31 PM
Very nice. Really great.
My favourite aspect of this shot is the contrast between the tack sharp focus on the butterfly and the dreamy, pastel coloured, soft bokeh of the background foilage. It's fantastically well done.
Whether that's down to great preparation or fortunate circumstances it's equally well captured.
02/04/2007 05:12:46 PM
wow this is an amazing picture! The most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen. :o
02/03/2007 07:24:28 AM
What a pose. Fantastic shot (No voting, just commenting)
02/02/2007 06:02:47 PM
good macro but perhaps you need a better focus or sharpness.
02/01/2007 05:48:33 PM
Very nice, did you know Butterflys taste with their feet.
02/01/2007 12:49:35 PM
Awesome capture but the cropping is a bit too close IMHO


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