Flutter-by

Uploaded: August 04, 2009

Description

I had to chase this sucker around so much that when it finally landed on a flower, I jumped for joy and almost forgot to snap the picture!

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

Comments

Bobby R. Strange August 04, 2009

Ooooohhh, love the colors in this. Funny that you almost forgot to take the pic, lol. I think we've all been there at some point, as many pictures as we've taken :)

I personally wouldn't change much in this one :) #1163774

Dale Hardin August 04, 2009

This is filled with good stuff Christie. Lovely subject, lots of color and good composition. Very nice catch indeed.

However it is a bit soft and over saturated and it got me thinking. (ouch!) If you want to play around with it give this a shot.

First, selectively open the shadows on the butterfly by using the shadows/highlights tool. Then on that same selection apply some high pass filtering.

This will create a mask and you can now make a change to the rest of the image that includes the flowers. I must admit that I was just playing around with a new tool last night and I think this shot would be a great place to apply it.

With the original shot selected and the butterfly protected by the mask, apply the SURFACE BLUR filter. From what I've seen, a setting of around 25 for the radius and about 50 for the threshold should be pretty cool.

Would love to see this. If you try it and it works, post the shot. #7816050

Jeanine M. Bailey August 04, 2009

I LOVE the bright and vibrant colors of this shot Christie!!! I agree with Dale's assessment that the image is a little soft. I'm interested in seeing this surface blur filter suggested by Dale! #7816131

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic August 04, 2009

Love the vibrant colors and the contrast of the flutterby.
I too wnat to see Dales suggestions.

Christie, no jumping, you are still recovering remember. #7816167

Christie R. Bielss August 04, 2009

I do not see the Surface Blur filter. HELP!! Where it be?! LOL #7816196

Vicki Snow August 04, 2009

It's next to the oreos....HAHAHAHA #7816430

Rita K. Connell level-classic August 04, 2009

I agree it is soft and to much saturation, looking forward to seeing Dale suggestion, pass the oreos around. #7816559

Bobby R. Strange August 04, 2009

I actually kinda like the saturation. I like the bright colors and have pushed the saturation myself at times :) #7816588

Debbie E. Payne August 04, 2009

Chritie, I think it is just a tad too saturated but I still like it because I am into saturating things as well. I haven't gotten any bees this summer. It's too wet for them. It's funny, I get excited too when I am finally getting something and I tend to hold my breath.

I did "catch" a cute little garter snake this morning (on camera) but no good colors to boost the saturation on as he was lying on the concrete of my patio. I grabbed the long lens and it wasn''t doing so great. By the time I went up to get my macro he was long gone. #7816747

Christie R. Bielss August 04, 2009

Passing the Oreo's around to all! Now, who's got milk?

I could not find any Surface Blur tool, but I did find the Smart Blur tool and it had the same adjustment gizmos that Dale was talking about - but not sure it's going to give the same effect. Anyway, I tried it and think it looks pretty cool on my computer - at least until I upload it. Let's see how it looks on BP. #7816754

Debbie E. Payne August 04, 2009

Chritie, I think it is just a tad too saturated but I still like it because I am into saturating things as well. I haven't gotten any bees this summer. It's too wet for them. It's funny, I get excited too when I am finally getting something and I tend to hold my breath.

I did "catch" a cute little garter snake this morning (on camera) but no good colors to boost the saturation on as he was lying on the concrete of my patio. I grabbed the long lens and it wasn''t doing so great. By the time I went up to get my macro he was long gone. #7816763

Christie R. Bielss August 04, 2009

I'm BLIND!!!! Man, I need to lower the saturation on this BIG TIME!! #7816765

Dale Hardin August 04, 2009

Yes, Christie, it seems to have the same effect or at least very similar. LOL you're too funny. Just get some sunglasses. What's a little over saturation among friends? This would look great as a material for a Hawaiian shirt. I'd buy one in a minute.
#7816934

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe August 04, 2009

Funny thread! lol But come on, I just sat down with my popcorn and a glass of wine, and now all I can think of is milk and oreos!

Christie, cool composition, and I agree with all about the saturation :) #7817139

Rita K. Connell level-classic August 04, 2009

I am with the rest who think its a little to saturated the colors are beautiful but I am wearing my sunglasses and the choc oreos are perfect and the milk is waiting for those who want it. MUMMMMMM so good! #7817358

Christie R. Bielss August 05, 2009

Ok, here's a slightly desaturated version. Opinions? #7819518

Debbie E. Payne August 05, 2009

I prefer this one, Christie. It' more believable. Gorgeous either way. I WANT BUTTERFLIES in my yard!!!! #7819535

Dale Hardin August 05, 2009

I still prefer the saturated one. The flowers in this image gave up any semblance of reality from the get go. This is an artistic rendition and could never be done realistically. LOL I still want a shirt made from this material. :o) It would be a little less dramatic than the ones I have but would be cool all the same. #7820032

Teresa H. Hunt August 05, 2009

Christie, I like the last one the best. It kind of looks like a watercolor painting.

Can I join the oreo and milk party? Oreo's are my favorite! :) #7821195

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict August 06, 2009

See how much fun you guys were all having while I was fuming at Frye's! BTW you guys ate all the oreos before I got home and that's a good thing because I'm trying HARD to eat organic healthy foods which means I dropped the milk habit too...not fun!
Anyway...since the three posts are in, I'm going with the first one. I know, against all the odds, but to me I like the clarity of it the best, the last one looks more like a painting, the middle one ohhh - gosh I don't know, I just like the first one, but I'm no pro as you ALL know! Happy Thursday :) #7824344

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