Some Constructive Criticism on this Shot Please

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Geniusdog254, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2008
    I was outside waiting for some birds to show up today to get some nice action shots, but they never did so I took this :rolleyes:

    It turned out pretty good I think. I did very little post-processing on this, just cropped the butterfly in closer, increased the vibrance on the wings a little and turned up the exposure slightly in the area under the wings. What do you guys think? I will post the original and the uncropped version if you like.

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  2. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Crop the image more towards the butterfly, because the detail of the rocks is distracting.... I think that's about it.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Overexposed and there's not enough of the butterfly.
  4. flosseR macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2009
    the cold dark north
    I think there is too little color contrast.. if you look quickly, the butterfly disappears with the rock texture... I agree with the crop in closer but then again, what was the original resolution and how much have you cropped already?...

    To make the butterfly stand out more, convert it to black and white with an adjustment layer and then unmask the butterfly, and increase the vibrance a LOT.

    just my 2c..
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Butterfly shots are really most effective when shot against a green background -- that is, the butterfly perched on a leaf or stem. This particular image doesn't really have much for the viewer to enjoy because of the lack of contrast and the fact that one can't really appreciate the beauty of the butterfly and its colorings/markings due to the brownish rocky background.

    It is also helpful when shooting butterflies or insects to use a macro lens in order to get much closer to the subject in a 1:1 ratio.
  6. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    Both the background's clutter and color work against this. Shooting in mid-day light without a lot of cloud cover is also normally a bad thing. I'm more often a fan of telephotos for close-ups, not every butterfly shot needs to be 1:1 to look good. Having a flower to help with the composition would be good, and the lines given by stalks, stems and leaves often help to make an image complete.
  7. todd2fst4u macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2008
  8. Markie0284 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    It is overexposed and severely out of focus. The background is also quite distracting as another poster has mentioned.

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