Punctuation that Basks

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Guest

    Find a small shaft of sunlight breaking through the canopy in some deep
    dark woods and you may find butterflies basking in the last rays of the
    late evening sun. A Comma butterfly doing just that.

    <http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/4837011284_86f09633bd_b.jpg>

    (Tele-macro mode, +2 diopter close-up filter stacked with a 1.7x
    teleconverter on a superzoom camera lens set to 432mm EFL, shot handheld.)

    As always, tiny downsized image and high jpg compression applied to
    entertain the thieves and resident trolls who are desperate for any glimpse
    of the real world beyond their mommies' basements.

    Interesting that the original downsized image for uploading is compressed
    to only 10.6k, but that Flickr runs it through compression again and gets
    48k out of it. That's one piss-poor algorithm they're using. All the better
    for my purposes.
     
    Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    Beautiful lighting. A very nice shot. Thanks for posting.
     
    Bruce, Jul 28, 2010
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  3. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Guest

    What about the lighting in this one, another basking pose and
    angle-composition theme (to reflect this representative of the
    "Angled-winged Butterfly Family").

    <http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/4837286834_9b6dd0bffb_b.jpg>

    I liked the way the dark cracks in the bark lead the eye to their
    respective subject/shadow counterparts. I have about a dozen of these to
    play with. I just couldn't decide (and it seems neither could the butterfly
    decide), just which shadow created the most interesting shapes and angles
    as it struck about a dozen different wing-angle and body-angle poses while
    watching its shadow.

    Though the high jpg-compression badly polka-dotted the colors in the wings
    it's the composition that I thought might be interesting.
     
    Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    Another very nice shot. I love the texture in the bark. I'm not
    entirely sure about the composition as I don't know what it was
    cropped from, or indeed whether it was cropped at all.
     
    Bruce, Jul 28, 2010
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  5. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Guest

    You know absolutely NOTHING about composition. If your own photography
    wasn't proof enough, thanks for proving it again.
     
    Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010
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    Tim Conway Guest

    And you know nothing about humanity.
     
    Tim Conway, Jul 28, 2010
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  7. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Guest

    I know enough to know that 99.9999% of humanity is a perfectly good waste
    of carbon atoms. You know, wastes like you.
     
    Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010
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  8. Did you expect anything else from the P&S troll?
    His social skills match his photography quite well, though.
     
    Robert Spanjaard, Jul 28, 2010
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  9. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Guest

    Should I expect anything less from the 99.9999% waste of carbon atoms like
    you?

    Nay, for then I would be disappointed.

    Show us all your compositional masterpieces.

    We all await with bated breath on why you are a virtuoso with your
    imaginary role-playing TROLL's cameras.
     
    Ben Dover, Jul 28, 2010
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    GMAN Guest

    And the remaining .0001% should have remained a shitstain on your dad's shorts
     
    GMAN, Jul 28, 2010
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    tony cooper Guest

    A square crop would work, but not offer much in the way of
    improvement. Kinda iffy on square or rectangular on this one.
    The best post-processing step for this shot would be to add a new
    layer over the image and fill that layer with a solid color, then
    flatten. This would solve the only thing wrong with the shot: bad
    photography.
     
    tony cooper, Jul 28, 2010
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    Peter Guest


    Don't criticize anyone until you've walked a mile in his shoes. By then
    you'll be a mile away and he'll be barefoot.
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2010
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  13. Ben Dover

    Peter Guest

    Oh! :)
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2010
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    tony cooper Guest

    tony cooper, Jul 29, 2010
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  15. Ben Dover

    tony cooper Guest

    Your comment sheds a great deal of light on your lack of understanding
    of what composition is all about. You see a centered subject.
    However, the central points of focus for the viewer are the wing
    pairs. Neither of which is in the center of the image. The
    positioning of the dragonfly draws the eye from top right to lower
    left. Not even the darker mass is centered.

    You talk a good game, but that's what it is: all talk. The images
    you post - complete with your excuses of deliberate degradation -
    belie any thought that you understand composition.
     
    tony cooper, Jul 29, 2010
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    Tim Conway Guest

    Wow, what a fiction writer you are.
     
    Tim Conway, Jul 29, 2010
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  17. Ben Dover

    Tim Conway Guest

    Yes indeed! What a fiction writer you are.
     
    Tim Conway, Jul 29, 2010
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  18. Ben Dover

    Tim Conway Guest

    Dead wrong, dear.
     
    Tim Conway, Jul 29, 2010
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    Peter Guest



    At $0.05, if that much, per image, how many did you sell.
    But then one person's garbage is another person's fortune. (with apologies
    to the proverb writer)
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2010
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    Peter Guest

    Peter, Jul 29, 2010
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