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Old Jan 27, 2003, 10:59 AM   #1
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Lime Swallowtail, Butterfly and Insect World, Edinburgh.
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Old Jan 27, 2003, 12:07 PM   #2
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I've a style question.

I can never decide if it's better to try to align the insect up with a plane of the picture (H/V) or take it as it sits with respect to the ground.

Obviously, it's much easier to just set the tripod up and take the picture, but do people think that produces the best composition for the picture?


What did you use for a camera/lens? How far away were you from the swallowtail?
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Old Jan 28, 2003, 6:43 AM   #3
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I was using my CP4500 at a range of about eight inches and employed the cameras optical zoom in order to enlarge the subject.

On your other point concerning subject orientation. You have to be careful here as if you re-orient the subject against the horizontal / vertical frame (say in Photoshop) you can end up with "odd looking legs".

To explain, if an insect is sitting across an angled surface, its "lower" set of legs will be slightly bent to take the weight and its "upper" set will be slightly stretched for balance (imagine a rock climber balanced on a rock slab). The head position can also look slightly wrong.

For an example of the results of this have a look at -

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