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post #1 of 8
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Hi guys, below are four photos i have taken of butterflies. I am getting a portfolio together and want a variety so i want to choose between these....maybe 2? Anyway, can you guys let me know what ones you like....or dont like, in which case could you explain why? Thanks


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If I had to pick one, I'd say #1. It is the only one in which the whole butterfly stands out a bit from the background and shadows.
Background is a little too "hot" though with the highlights imo,

#2, left wing blends into the shadows
#3 is ok but the background is distracting to me
#4 looks like half a butterfly.
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post #3 of 8
One and two.

I would really emphasize the shadow on the second. It looks neat.
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post #4 of 8
I love the third one. Really looks like the butterfly is looking up to the sky in a regal, kingly matter. Such a majestic creature!
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Thanks for the input so far guys .

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Originally Posted by robchaos View Post
If I had to pick one, I'd say #1. It is the only one in which the whole butterfly stands out a bit from the background and shadows.
Background is a little too "hot" though with the highlights imo,

#2, left wing blends into the shadows
#3 is ok but the background is distracting to me
#4 looks like half a butterfly.
I have redone the 1st one and added it to the OP and left the original for you guys to compare.
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post #6 of 8
i like 1 & 2 as well.

here is one i took earlier this afternoon in the yard of Washington Irving writer of Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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post #7 of 8
#4. It has the most character of the lot and the background and foreground colors both contrast and bring out the butterfly beautifully. The bokeh is a bit distracting though—perhaps some denoising would help with that. This photo has character.

The first one appears oversaturated and the second one (your edit of the first) does help (e.g. reduced glare on the leaf). But the separation of subject and foreground/background is not as effective as in #4.

#3 is my second favorite and has character of its own, while the last photo gets third place for being a "good" photo but not one that would stand out in a crowd like #3 and #4 would.

Keep on snapping.
post #8 of 8
I really like pic 1 and 4. They are the most vibrant to me.
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