E.J.Wilkins

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Meadow Brown butterfly

This lovely, dull brown butterfly sat feeding while I tried to take its picture. Of course, it always managed to move at just the wrong moment. This is the best of the shots I took on a bright sunny day, the background is an embankment of rough grass and wild flowers.

I'd like to fade out the background a bit, I think it's too strong for the butterfly, but I don't know how. Any tips would be welcomed. :)


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Meadow Brown butterfly

This lovely, dull brown butterfly sat feeding while I tried to take its picture. Of course, it always managed to move at just the wrong moment. This is the best of the shots I took on a bright sunny day, the background is an embankment of rough grass and wild flowers.

I'd like to fade out the background a bit, I think it's too strong for the butterfly, but I don't know how. Any tips would be welcomed. :)


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comments (7)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Nov 2006, 07:12
Hi Ellie - as the butterfly is not well focussed I would not go to much trouble to edit this one if I were you. But to practice you can use in PS under filters there are some stuff available, e.g. waving (making waves with a brush). I would say that fading the background would come naturally if you take the photo with a short focal zoom, e.g. 50-300 while the focus is on the subject - the butterfly. And use manual focus - it is difficult to control focus with these kind of shots.

My guess is that after taking the shot your display looked OK. This happens a lot with the small display screens on a camera vs. the real mccoy of your pc screen. If the butterfly sits still take one or two alternative shots.

My 10c's worth - actually I wouldn't worry about the background so much - I think it is fine as it is. Also like the eye of the beast.
EJWilkins: Thanks Louis ... if you squint a bit it's in focus! tongue Seriously though, I know it isn't right, but even so I thought it might be worth playing around with the shot to see if I could improve the way it looks by perhaps lightening hte background to give the insect a greater contrast. If I could do it with a 'bad shot' I can then do it with something that's better and worth keeping.
wink I like the eye too.
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Nov 2006, 12:30
Now that's a lesson I've taken on board, tell Louis I aid cheers! How do you get to learn all of their names?I took a butterfly shot on Sunday and when I zoomed into it there was so much detail there but when I went to crop diasater. What a waste, the only time I managed to get one of the pesky things and then all is lost. You know, I think I might be learning more from you then anyone else.
EJWilkins: Hi Johnny, I've got a couple of very good books but I also look online and at a 'good site' to check. These brown butterflies can be difficult to get right. It's a total pain when you 'think' you've got a good shot, then get in close and it isn't. This one was taken a couple of months ago and on auto.
You're more than welcome to learn from my mistakes! tongue Just remember to mention my name when you get all the glory!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Nov 2006, 13:09
nice shot, like the background
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Nov 2006, 14:25
I really like your wildlife shots. Don't know how to fix the background, unfortunately, but in my opinion it doesn't need fixing.
EJWilkins: Kind of you to say you like my shots Martin, I appreciate it a lot. I've got some tips, they arrived after your comment, I might try and see what I can do.
Hi Ellie. Well, I can't offer you any PS tips as I don't have a clue myself - as you know, I do very little PP work myself. What I can say, is that I think you could have taken your exposure reading from the flower instead of the butterfly, as what has happened is that the flower is quite badly overexposed. I would go with Louis regarding the background and bracketing exposures to get the best result (if your camera has the facility to do this). Alternatively, try some auto correction in PP, which should, (depending on your software) give you a choice of images to go for. Any of these little things which tend to fly around are very difficult to capture indeed. All in all, this is a pretty good effort anyway. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil. I don't usually do anything much, don't know how to. This shot was taken on auto and was very much a case of 'point and click'. I think I'm a lot more careful now. I'm going to start campaigning for a new camera soon, once I've mastered this one. wink
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2006, 22:36
Not easy to do much with the background in photofiltre Ellie, you need a more specialised program. A tighter crop might concentrate the eye more on the butterfly.
EJWilkins: Good points Chris, thanks smile
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2006, 22:29
Personally I like this shot very much. My only if is the white streak intersecting with the butterfly's wings. The clone tool in PS7 can easily remedy this.

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