Stratford Butterfly Garden C&C

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  1. err_ok

    err_ok TPF Noob!

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    I am really into the idea of macro shots but I haven't really plunged into it yet properly. The first lens after the kit lens for my D40 that I bought was a Micro 60mm Nikkor (the G version) it has seen a lot of use but nothing fantastic.

    Last year I went to Stratford Butterfly Gardens in Warwickshire, one of the biggest/bigger butterfly gardens in the UK and managed to get some nice photos and to be fair I don't think I have produced anything of similar quality for a while, it's a great place to go and I thoroughly recommend it despite some of the little guys looking a bit battered in busy periods.

    I would appreciate any C&C for the following photos, they are probably my first attempt at any sort of macro.


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    Thanks for your time!
     
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    These are amazing #2 is probably my favorite if anything i might have cropped a little tighter
     
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    The detail on the wings in #1 is really nice, but I'm not too sure on the composition and the blurry piece of fruit as a background.

    #2's really nice looking and the background came out pretty. I'd crop it closer though - I'd probably cut some of the plan off on the left side, a tiny bit off the top, and a little more cut off the bottom.

    #3's perfect pretty much. I might try to clone out the two small blossoms at the top right of the frame. I don't mind the shallow DOF here because one whole wing is in the focal plane and the detail on the butterfly's body is pretty impressive
     
  4. err_ok

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    I was most disappointed with #3 personally, mainly due to the weird DOF and the fact it just seems dull colour-wise, however I imagine that could be improved with a do-over in the PP department :)

    #1 Would look so much better if I just got the DOF correct with a smaller aperture just to get that tiny bit more in focus but hey I quite like it even if most people seem not to.

    #2 Is definitely my favourite I have this photo also of the same butterfly, it fills the frame but the DOF is off and I do not like the background details anywhere near as much.

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    Thanks for your comments.
     
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    Nice.

    #1- More DoF. And the right wing is too close to the right and bottom edge. I like how the antennae are silhouetted against the background.
    #2- Nice separation. I like the inclusion of the branch... It gives a nice resting spot for the butterfly. But I do think it needs a closer crop.
    #3- Without the cut off blossoms, it would be better. Either include the entire blossom or just ditch it al together. I don't mind the blurred wing cause it's directly in front of the focused flower petals.
     
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    i like this edit :thumbup:
     
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    My only complaint is that the 1st one wasn't centered. Looking at the picture the butterfly look like it's about to fall out to the right of the photo. Still a great shot, I love them all, great job. My favorite is the 4th picture you posted, the blend blurred color in the background made the picture even more beautiful.
     
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    err_ok TPF Noob!

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    That's a different photo ;)

    The last paragraph should have read;
    My bad :)
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    haha cool , well its pretty sweet :thumbup:
     
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    Went back here today for the first time in a year. Let's see if I have improved at all... Getting the photos off of the two memory cards I filled up now. :/
     

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