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Old Sep 22, 2009, 7:02 PM   #1
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I saw this nectaring Cabbage White out the window at lunch (missed this one on the first series) and grabbed the camera for a few quick snaps. It was very wary and hard to approach. Noise was apparent - but not objectionable - in the originals which required some sharpening (hand held and breezy), upon which it became quite obvious and a bit difficult to work around. K7 w/ Tamron 70-300mm.

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2 An out of focus leaf was in front of the flower and the butterfly's head, blurring them - took a bit of doing, but I was able to eliminate it from the head but not completely from the flower.

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Old Sep 22, 2009, 8:30 PM   #2
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Good shots and amazing at 800 ISO.

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Terrific shots!

You have shown a nice variety of butterflies at your home. Your garden must be well planted to attract such a diversity of specimens.

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Very nice pictures - you pp job on the second one is really excellent. I never get such nice results.
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Penolta - great work - wonderful detail and color!

I too find that most of the whites are tough to approach - for example, have yet to get a decent shot of a falcate orange tip...
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Thanks GW, Rodney, Lou, Harriete and Mole for the kind words.

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Lou, we have 8 resident species this year - Giant and Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and Mourning Cloaks, Gulf Fritillaries, Cabbage Whites, Gray Hairstreaks, and Fiery Skippers, plus visiting Painted Lady, Queen, and a yellow butterfly I never got a good look at - probably a Sulphur. Last year we had the same residents, plus Painted, American, and West Coast Ladys and Anise Swallowtail as visitors. As you say, it is all in the plants. My wife went to a native plant sale this morning and brought back several new host plants to try for next year.
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Very nice Penolta, if you had not mentioned having to PP out the leaf I would not have known. I would be interested in seeing the original and hearing what tools you worked with. I have some shots from a zoo trip this past weekend where I was shooting past fencing that I might try your methods on.

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Very nice Penolta, if you had not mentioned having to PP out the leaf I would not have known. I would be interested in seeing the original and hearing what tools you worked with. I have some shots from a zoo trip this past weekend where I was shooting past fencing that I might try your methods on.

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Thanks, Tim. The original wasn't much to look at, but had enough promise to make it worth the effort. There is a long, narrow OOF leaf extending from the lower left across the flower and the butterfly's head (and beyond), not totally obscuring anything, but causing a green tinted blur. My short-term memory isn't what it used to be, but I fiddled around with the shadows/highlights tool, brightness and contrast, and sharpening at one point or another. I didn't do too much to the overall frame, but the key was to use the quick select tool to outline the butterfly and (separately) the flower for processing, and lastly to isolate the head and apply more still more sharpening. I could see there was noise in the green areas and applied despeckling to reduce it and then cropped a little off the edges. You can download the picture, try it yourself, and see what you come up with. The same technique might work on your in-flight skipper which looks like it might have an OOF leaf in front of its tails, and maybe on fences or the bars of some cages in your zoo shots.

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Thanks Penolta! Looking at the original, I can see hints of what used to be, but without it, the former offending leaf is nearly invisible. I will have to set aside some time to experiment. I confess, my opinion on post processing views it as a necessary evil with the less time spent the better. I realize getting better at PP is probably the next step I need to take in becoming a better photographer. It is just hard to convince myself that time spent doing work behind the computer is not necessarily time spent at work, doing work behind the computer.

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