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  1. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I shot a butterfly today from both sides.


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    Ron, I think they are fun. Is that pollen on the underneath wing. I assume you are using the zoom again and not macro? I can't tell on my screen but it might be a bit noisey
     
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    Nice shot, but it looks noisy to me as well.
     
  4. Mike_E

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    What did you pay for the stamp? And can you get an out of state license?

    :):):)

    You can punch up the saturation in post a bit or go with a -1/3 stop exposure comp. for more color saturation. If you want richer color that is. It works fine as is.
     
  5. kundalini

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    Did you use glue, sticky tape or a well hidden straight pin to hold it in that position so you could get both sides? :lol:

    Nicely done Ron. I agree with Mike, especially with #2. I played around with it and it did make a difference. I know it's not OK to edit your photos, so I won't post it. Just thought you would like to know it's do-able.
     
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    Omama, yes zoom, pollen maybe, I did not ask. :wink: I wish I could see what folk are talking about "noise" on my screen.

    For the record:
    ISO 200
    f 5.0
    t 1/1000
    first pic right off the camera, second slightly cropped.

    macdsean, thanks.

    Mike_E, I only have free download photo processing & not sure if they can do it.

    kundalini, I chased that sucker all over a thistle patch to get pics. I guess I should change the "no" as I could benefit from seeing what can be done post photo. Please show us your adjustments.

    On a gardening forum I partake in, one of the girls, an accomplished bird photographer posted some flower pictures with the extremities cropped off. I asked why she cropped them & she responded that it is art. I jokingly posted one of my culled butterfly pics with the fly exiting frame & asked if this was art. To my great surprise everybody loved it. Shows how little I know about art. :oops:

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  7. kundalini

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    So you don't have to scroll up to the top of the page and down to compare,

    Your original:
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    My edit:
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    I don't do anything complicated like layer masks, unsharp masks or stuff like that. This was just a boost in saturation, contrast, setting black and white points, added slight warming and a touch of levels. Saturation may have been overdone. Not much more I know how to do anyway, but I think it helps to pop the butterfly a little.

    I don't really see the noise either. There may be some compression and I'm guessing you cropped it hard from the original image to fill the frame as you did. I'm also guessing that your original looks much better before uploading.

    Art is subjective. :lol:
     
  8. Ron Evers

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    Well kundalini, as we would say in woodworking "you really popped the grain".

    Some of the terminology you used is unfamiliar but I will learn. Thanks.
     
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    I downloaded Gimp and had infranview already. I haven't used the gimp and had not used infranview for this either so these are both quick and dirty. The point is there are several free apps out there . Just get one and play around. :)

    Any way here is yours
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    and The Gimp
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    and infranview (not really for this just illustrating that it can be done and you can do it. ;))
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    In any case, it would be better if you had used a little less exposure (either faster shutter or lower aperture number) so that the yellow is more yellow.
     
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    Mike, I have IrfanView & PhotoScape. What did you do in IrfanView?
     
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    With that analogy, you got it smooth as a baby's bottom with 100 grit paper and I just applied the Linseed Oil. :lol: Do you use Linseed Oil up there?

    Well, I'm off to catch some fireworks.
     
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    Yes, Boiled Linseed oil 50:50 with mineral spirits to pop the grain. I sand to 180 or 220 depending on the wood species.
     

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