noiseless

noiseless

Lives in South Africa Pretoria, South Africa
Works as a Construction Manager
Joined on Dec 10, 2005

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babalu: Very beautiful capture . It is doubtless extremely difficult to catch them aloft in such perfect display of wings and extremities. Have you tried to add some contrast to see if it would add more attention to detail and thus get it even more separated from the background ?

Yes I have worked the contrast to its limits without compromising a dark back ground. The original submission has more contrast quality. Thank you for the comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 23:23 UTC
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santamonica812: I guess I had a different reaction than several others. For a "colorful" challenge, I thought the prior background was excellent. You have now muted those colors, which does emphasize the main subject. But the trade-off for this is losing the colorful element.

It's an artistic and editorial decision. Not one I would have made...I did like those colors.

I also enjoyed the original background colours. Thank you for the comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 23:21 UTC

I would like to take one more background vote. Cal may be correct. It appears to me the peripheral detail is more defined. Please let me know. Thank you.
By RuthC (1 hour ago)
I really like this butterfly capture. It's surprisingly difficult to photograph them in flight, as they tend to flutter around in illogical directions. I guess they don't want to be caught by predators, hence their haphazard flights. This is a beautiful photo, and I like the background which I think enhances the whiteness, and textured detail of the butterfly.
By bettyhilda (8 hours ago)
Well caught! I like the background and the sharpness of the butterfly at that distance. There is enough white for me in the picture. I really can't see how you could improve it.
By santamonica812 (8 hours ago)
I really like close-up butterfly photos, and--not surprisingly--I like this one as well. I've never been able to get any shot like this, so I am impressed at the technical skills you've shown.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 13:30 UTC as 4th comment
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santamonica812: I really like close-up butterfly photos, and--not surprisingly--I like this one as well. I've never been able to get any shot like this, so I am impressed at the technical skills you've shown.

On my computer screen, the 2 wings closest to the viewer have a green-yellow cast, while the farther wings look true white. Was this your intent? If so, that's fine; it's an interesting contrast of colors and a perfectly legitimate artistic choice. (There's enough white in the 2 other wings to satisfy this challenge, IMO.)

If it was not your intent, then you might need to color-correct on the two closer wings, so that all 4 look white. Totally up to you, and to your own editorial judgment.

I wish we got butterflies in my part of the state. :-(

This is a wonderful comment and I want to thank you.
Most of my butterfly in flight captures were attempted in Indonesia. South Africa BFIF are far and few so I concentrate on birds.
The species is a Belenois aurota and on the hind wing is slightly tinged with yellow according to Wikipedia. I am not a butterfly addict only enjoy stop action opportunities.
What I really enjoy from these captures is as much eye detail as possible.
Again thank you for all the comments. They have helped me to try and get in line with the challenge subject.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 05:24 UTC
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bettyhilda: Well caught! I like the background and the sharpness of the butterfly at that distance. There is enough white for me in the picture. I really can't see how you could improve it.

Much appreciated and I will keep this one in the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 05:00 UTC

By santamonica812 (1 hour ago)
This is now a very dramatic composition and the branches add a nice dimension. Since the sky/background is blue/gray, I'm still not sure if there is any white element in your photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 02:44 UTC as 5th comment

Good point. Let me see if I can fish something else out of my files "with a lot of white in the subject or the background". Appreciate the comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 02:01 UTC as 1st comment

By MarioSS
Nice capture and very sharp. I personally would recompose this picture by cropping the upper and left part but just by a tad. Also, the sky is blue but the challenge requirements is that it must be a lot of white. This can be fix by changing at post-process the white balance or by adding a warming filter.
By bettyhilda Oh this is nice. I would remove the twig coming out from under the left wing as it is distracting
By RuthC
Great bird capture, with stunning colours, but.... it looks too crowded within this frame, as though there is nowhere for it to fly. Could you reduce the amount of cropping, so the bird has more space to be seen?
Thank you for the comments.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 23:30 UTC as 3rd comment

Decided to use this capture to hopefully support the comments. Had to over expose a little for better white background and no masking was used though lightroom 5 seem to work better than dpp.
By RuthC (8 hours ago)
Great bird capture, with stunning colours, but.... it looks too crowded within this frame, as though there is nowhere for it to fly. Could you reduce the amount of cropping, so the bird has more space to be seen?
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By noiseless (26 min ago)
I could throw the tail in and remove some of the boxy capture. Would probably loose whatever detail I managed at ISO 5000. Let me take a look at the other photos but I would rather not lose my slot in this challenge. Thank you for the comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 22:00 UTC as 5th comment

I like the entry. The subjects colour and back ground meet the challenge's requirements and is a pleasant capture to my eye.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 21:21 UTC as 7th comment
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santamonica812: It's a lovely image of a bird. But it looks on my screen as though it's been masked (reasonably well, but not perfectly) and copied onto a white background, in order to fit into the challenge.

If you are going to mask, I think this image might need a slightly finer touch (especially on the rear of the upper feathers.

The bird itself is fantastic--super colorful and perfect for the challenge (other than my above-mentioned concern)

I can appreciate your mask comment and strangely as it may seem have also received similar in my other Dp challenges. Please see (http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=763230). Nothing fancy and straight out of Canon using DPP post exposure, noise reduction, sharpening and contrast adjustments. I don't quite understand the mask function on my recently purchased Adobe light room 5 and would probably not spend the time figuring out as I really don't like to waste post review fixing a poor capture.
The wing tips were outside the profile f5.6 and >20m capture distance plane but I thought the eye and beak would satisfy the image.
Thanks again for the comment and I may continue to consider using this photo for the challenge though I am thinking about RuthC's comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 21:15 UTC
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RuthC: Great bird capture, with stunning colours, but.... it looks too crowded within this frame, as though there is nowhere for it to fly. Could you reduce the amount of cropping, so the bird has more space to be seen?

I could throw the tail in and remove some of the boxy capture. Would probably loose whatever detail I managed at ISO 5000. Let me take a look at the other photos but I would rather not lose my slot in this challenge. Thank you for the comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 20:57 UTC
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MarioSS: Must be very difficult to catch a fling bird. Very nice colours and speed effect. Personally, I would have include all the tail. Also, even at 1/4000 sec, it looks like the image is a little blurry or unsharp (maybe due to high ISO). Nice image overall.

My biggest difficulty is finding new subject addition to the 164 SA birds in flight collection. Compromised tail trying for more beak and eye detail and was unsatisfied.
This was my first attempt and later subject captures were more satisfying, please see my full size subjects in flight web site. http://www.pbase.com/smacomber/lilac-breasted_roller.
1/4000s is used to offset any shake from the fixed 400mm lens as the f5.6 has no imagine stabilization. No time to set up a pod during these captures. Usually shoot out the stopped car window.
I would have liked to use f8 or maybe 11 but at ISO 5000 I was pushing the limits of the captures post crop so lost wing tips.
Thank you for the productive comments and I hope the reasoning behind blurred wing tips and tail loss makes a little sense but it probably will affect the voters decision which is important to me in these feed back challenges.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 20:52 UTC
On Greater double collard Sunbird in the Birds. challenge (2 comments in total)
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senn_b: fab capture, .. I like the pose in movement, .. great detail and colours too !..

Much appreciated. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 04:02 UTC
On Southern Masked Weaver in the My best picture this week challenge (6 comments in total)
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Ettishole: That is an impressive shot and great subject selection too!

Thank you Very Much for your Compliment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 17:01 UTC
On Southern Masked Weaver in the My best picture this week challenge (6 comments in total)
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Bob Tullis: This is wonderful, on so many levels. Excellent!

Thank you Very Much for your Compliment and its My Honour to place next to your Well Deserved Winning Capture. Just want to Congratulate you again on a Great Winning Photo.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 17:00 UTC
On Southern Masked Weaver in the My best picture this week challenge (6 comments in total)
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The Mick: Congratulations on another outstanding photo! I really enjoy your work!
Best regards,
Mick

Very Much Appreciated and Thank you Again for your encouraging Compliments.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
On Tribute in Light, 2013 in the My best picture this week challenge (22 comments in total)

Absolutely Gorgeous and Very Well Done! Congratulations on a Much Deserved Winning Photo.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 16:52 UTC as 7th comment
On Little Blue Butterfly in the Butterflies: Peacocks of the Insect World challenge (5 comments in total)

Congratulations Again ysal. Lots of Beautiful Detail. You did Well to place two entries in the Top 10. Not an easy achievement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 08:54 UTC as 1st comment
On Tiger Swallowtail in the Butterflies: Peacocks of the Insect World challenge (4 comments in total)

Lots of Beautiful Detail in this Capture ysal. Very Well Done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 08:48 UTC as 1st comment
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