Side View of Schrenck's Emperor + Rework



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This Mimathyma schrenckii, unlike the others today, decided that something on a pine tree was tastier than the smelly stuff on the path. I really can’t decide whether I prefer this butterfly with wings open or closed. I love both. (see previous post for open wings)

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Cut off too close at the top? I brightened the right-hand edge of the butterfly, but maybe it could do with a bit more of this?

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D500 + 105mm macro 1/800 f7.1 ISO 2500 diffused flash

In Lightroom straightened a bit and cropped; Blacks and Whites; adjustment brush to brighten its abdomen. Denoise, then in Photoshop played with tonalities and contrast, final mild sharpening.

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Very good, Mike. The angle I mentioned in my comment on your last post did fool me. I had no idea the underside was so gorgeous. I really like the details from this angle and the extended tongue is a nice feature. I could see a touch more canvas on the top or a little less on the bottom to balance this image.

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Yes, gorgeous!! I’m with @Dennis_Plank on adding a bit more at the top and/or cropping a bit from the bottom for visual balance. No other nits – lovely critter and light!

Gorgeous butterfly and the whites are exposed perfectly. Little more room at the top and cropping from the bottom will push this over the top…Jim

Beautiful 'fly, nicely-captured. My only suggestion might be to use a bit of shadow control to slightly lighten the dark crevasses of the tree.
Fine work!

Thank you @Dennis_Plank @Diane_Miller @Jim_Zablotny and @SandyR-B. I’ve added some canvas and cropped a bit off the bottom - also I lightened the crevices a bit. The rework is posted above.

Thumbs up!!

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Subtle added shadow control is good…

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Very nice job on the rework, Mike.

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Rework works for me…Jim

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Beautiful, Jim. The rework improved an already nice shot.

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Mike: Beautiful critter on this view and I think your rework makes the image considerably stronger. Really nice management of your plane of focus at this f-stop. :+1: :+1:>=))>

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