Monarch Butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly
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Shot with E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD.

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Nice shots!

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The wood is clear between the knots.

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In reply to joeletx, 4 months ago

Well done.

These are pictures of a Monarch butterfly, but not the usual one that comes to mind.

It's an African Monarch Butterfly (Danaus chrysippus), also called Plain Tiger.

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Wow!!

I have been impressed by the buntling picture in the other thread. But this butterfly is really really "outstanding" ...

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Nice, but get in closer...................

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I can't decide should I join butterfly thread or refrain. I have some shots in my gallery too.

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joeletx wrote:

Shot with E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD.

nice shots, but did the E-M1 burnt the flower? or was it you in photoshop?

the second in particular would be a much better pic if you could see something in the flower

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joeletx wrote:

Shot with E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD.

nice shots, but did the E-M1 burnt the flower? or was it you in photoshop?

the second in particular would be a much better pic if you could see something in the flower

The flower appears burnt because there just not enough dynamic range in this particular situation. You have to decide whether to properly expose the butterfly or the flower. You can use P.S. but it will reach the limit in no time. I think sometimes, washed out or over - exposed is desirable.

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I can't decide should I join butterfly thread or refrain. I have some shots in my gallery too.

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I used to shoot dragonfly and butterfly big time. But I'm into birds for the time being. There is no telling.

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Stunning, looks great

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joeletx wrote:

joeletx wrote:

Shot with E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD.

nice shots, but did the E-M1 burnt the flower? or was it you in photoshop?

the second in particular would be a much better pic if you could see something in the flower

The flower appears burnt because there just not enough dynamic range in this particular situation. You have to decide whether to properly expose the butterfly or the flower. You can use P.S. but it will reach the limit in no time. I think sometimes, washed out or over - exposed is desirable.

uhm... it does not look like a dramatic DR request, probably underexposing and then recovering the shadows in post would help.

I don't know if you tried but if you got this in raw maybe you can get something back.

anyway good shot!

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apierleoni wrote:

joeletx wrote:

joeletx wrote:

Shot with E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD.

nice shots, but did the E-M1 burnt the flower? or was it you in photoshop?

the second in particular would be a much better pic if you could see something in the flower

The flower appears burnt because there just not enough dynamic range in this particular situation. You have to decide whether to properly expose the butterfly or the flower. You can use P.S. but it will reach the limit in no time. I think sometimes, washed out or over - exposed is desirable.

uhm... it does not look like a dramatic DR request, probably underexposing and then recovering the shadows in post would help.

I don't know if you tried but if you got this in raw maybe you can get something back.

anyway good shot!

It is heavily cropped and sharpened.

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It is post processed from RAW and shooting condition was harsh midday with strong back light. Majority of the time up to +1EV was used as shot.

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apierleoni wrote:

uhm... it does not look like a dramatic DR request, probably underexposing and then recovering the shadows in post would help.

I don't know if you tried but if you got this in raw maybe you can get something back.

anyway good shot!

apierleoni,

You are the second one pointed out the BOH of the floral. Even though I agreed that flowers were blown out, I disagree on the context of the main object, the butterflies. I shoot with the E-M1 that I can expose on the fly using the EVF. The EVF show the exposure in real time and I can adjust the exposure compensation according to my main object, the butterfly. Hence you see the +2EV in the EXIF. Instead of guess, shoot, view, then compensate; I just simply compose, compensate and shoot. Below is one of the un-cropped shots with change to 0.0 EV in LR; it was a very harsh midday shooting condition with strong backlight. Clearly this was not what I saw and it is not what I want.

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