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Papilio polytes ♀

Papilio polytes ♀
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Photographer: Hans Gerlich
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Uploaded: 11-Oct-2010 22:11 CEST
Current Rating: 6.67/3
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Camera: Olympus E3
Exposure time: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F 4,5
Focal length: 210 mm
Lens: Sigma 105
Focusing method:
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: RAW
Processing applied: level & resized
Image resized to: 600x800

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Nice capture... Excellent details on the wings..

Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy at 06:35 CEST on 14-Oct-2010 [Reply]


Very well done to get the detail in the dark wings, though unfortunately this has led to a dominant light area which unbalances the image a bit.
A very difficult subject - pity the weather wasn't dull!

Mike Bywater at 22:54 CEST on 14-Oct-2010 [Reply]


Ok, maybe I was a litle harsh - this is a VERY difficult task with the extremes of light and dark, and you have really made the best of it!


Mike Bywater at 22:56 CEST on 14-Oct-2010 [Reply]


I was a bit surprised by the only 6 average rating given to this image, but I have to agree that the background disturbs quite a bit.

I think Photoshop offers ways to improve this image, by using layers and making the background much darker and low contrast and applying more contrast to the butterfly itself.

Alfred Molon at 13:41 CEST on 16-Oct-2010 [Reply]


Hallo Ramasubramaniyan, Mike and Alfred,
I had expected no top image more, but I am again very glad with this.
The contrasts between the white leaves and the black butterfly is a real problem.
May be with the E 5 the result is better ;-)
The backgrounds is certainly annoying, but there was no another choice.
Yet I have always a preference for a natural shot with so little possible manipulations. I do not work with layers in PS.
Thank you all for your appreciation, comment and suggestions.
With kind regard,

Hans Gerlich at 16:43 CEST on 16-Oct-2010 [Reply]