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Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
    I think I wasn't being agressive enough at a recent trip to the Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls Canada. I took this photo using techniques I teach in my classes and updated...


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1/7/2007 10:39:49 AM

Steve M. Harrington
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/28/2005

Hi Richard, It's remarkable the way you have seperated the butterfly from the background, which is vibrant and causes it to stand out even further. The depth of field is extremely shallow. I think I understand how you would do that to the background, but did you modify the foreground sharpness as well?

BTW, I'm part way through Hidden Power... and thoroughly enjoying it. The curves tool alone is worth the price of admission! I'm using your book as an elbow rest right now. It's excellent for that too. :)


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1/7/2007 6:05:06 PM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005

The DOF is part and parcel of the lens I was experimenting with. I usually bring a more standard lens. The Helios 40-2 has extremely short DOF, especially at wider apertures...I've even played with it on extension tubes where it ends up having almost no DOF at all (depending on how many tubes). Much of the lack of sharpness was, in other words, planned -- or perhaps it is better to say expected. I did not modify the foreground sharpness in the wings, but I did make some adjustment (both to sharpen and blur) in other areas.

I have quite a few of those books and can use them as stools as well ;-)

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1/8/2007 4:30:20 AM

Mitch Spence
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2004
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Richard, I don't know this lens at all. I try to keep in mind the depth of field for close up shots but don't always. This is very effective. Great little legs hanging on there. You must have had a decent megapixel count to be able to crop this well? I don't know what camera you're using. Oh, yes, I just looked. The Sigma. I do keep trying with the butterflies, outside and in butterfly conservatories, but so far am not really excited by what I've done. I keep thinking collage with a lot of them. Mitch

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1/8/2007 1:48:14 PM

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