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Beautiful encounter

Beautiful encounter
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-05
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-04-24 5:07
Viewed: 3872
Points: 29
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Beautiful encounter

Encountered this natural combination in the Okavango delta in Botswana, got two shots of this butterfly before it left the flower...

Shot with the Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens using the macro setting. Hand held shot and I know it's not perfect sharp, have to practise a lot on macros.

Did quite some PP work here, shot in raw, adjusted contrast, brightness and clarity. Converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves increased saturation (minor). Observed quite some noise in the dark areas, used blur tool to smoothen the noisy parts sharpened using unsharpen mask. Cropped and resized, add frame.

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WoW great focus colors and light.
I like this photos.
Have a nice weekend.

Bonjour Hans

Belle capture de ce papillon sur cette fleur.
Les sujets sont bien placés sur cette image avec un beau rendu de couleurs et une excellente netteté.
Félicitations Hans!!

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2010-04-24 6:34]

Hello Hans,
a superb work!!!
Lovely flower, wonderful light falling over it and filtered through this and the butterfly. Excellent sharpness and clarity. Excellent POV. Great work!!
Have a very nice weekend. Regards,

Beautiful flower and butterfly Hans. The complimentary colors are really nice, and the soft background blur sets it all off perfectly in the nice light. Flower is well situated in the frame too ..
Have a nice weekend.
Glad to hear you're back up and running at work :) Must be a relief.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-04-24 8:14]

Great colors Hans,really natural,the background helps them pop out. You have a steady hand.The image is pretty sharp, except for the butterflies head.I like the tight crop,gives for a strong image. I like the balance,I think the inclusion of the small green leaf,1/3 from the top, really assists in that.TFS

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-04-24 8:23]

Hi Hans,
What a spectacular match of colors between the butterfly and the flower!
A wonderful composition adorned with glorious light. Sharpness is magnificent!
The dark BG is giving the flower and insect a sense of a 3D effect!
Nice rim lighting and details!
Very neat work!
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-04-24 9:15]

Hello Hans,a wonderful capture with your new Sigma Lense. Excellently composed.I love the lights and the soft bg.
Regards Rose

Hi Hans

Forgive me ... I don't think this is as good as it could be, or should be. As you have acknowledged, the sharpness isn't quite there - I suspect it is more camera-movement than lack of focus.

The world of macro photography is one I haven't even dared to try - I already know I couldn't produce good results - but kudos for your work here, and do keep sharing.


Hi Hans,
This is one decisive moment shot,as the butter fly has posed for you against the light,the flower formation is very lovely ,lighting condition is ideal,BG bokeh is incredible but if you could shot this with more smaller aperture and slower shutter would given more details of the butterfly just my humble opinion but over all a great show against the light.
Best Regards

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2010-04-25 1:55]

merhaba dear hans...
harika bir macro çekim, ne güzel renk ve ışık, harika bir kadraj ve netlik...selamlar...

Bonjour Hans
Cadrage réussi ,les détails pourrais peut-être plus en évidence avec des points noirs.Un peu surexposé mais la position du papillon sous cette fleur qui s'entortille sur la tige ravi notre regard.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2010-05-14 17:30]

Simply beautiful capture. wonderful color and a great pov. TFS

hello Hans,
A very colorful and elegant macro shot.
Very sharp and effective with the blurred BG.
Love the lighting and composition.
Nice one!

Hello Hans

I do not know why I did not see this one before. The butterfly seems well hidden mext to the flower. Nice work


Bonjour Hans,

Merci d'être passé.

Merveilleuse étreinte entre cette fleur sculpturale et ce Butterfly citronné.
La composition est élégante, grande
luminosité des couleurs. C'est excellent.
Gentille semaine à vous. Yolande

Hello Hans, it wasn't until I opened up the thumbnail that I saw the butterfly, it was the red and yellow of the flower that drew me in.
The composition is well balanced and the bokeh is a good contrast to the colours of the subject.
Tfs, regards Jean.

What a beautiful and happy lights indeed excellent details well done HANS SPRUIJT

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