Overpowering Colors (Two Photographs)
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I posted some locust borers a while back and I spoke to one issue, that being the overwhelming yellow of the goldenrod. I was asked what I meant and how I dealt with it. Here are two pictures taken at the same time but ones I chose not to publish then. What I was referring to is that your audience needs to distinguish your subject from the background. As you can see, the yellow of the Borer and the goldenrod is very similar. There are two ways around this. I tend to check my pictures on the camera screen as I take them. This way I can see if there is an issue. If I see some confusion I wait for the insects to come closer with the mass of the goldenrod further back, or I move to take advantage of the shadows created by the light. Sometimes waiting means missing an action shot, sometimes the insect decides not to continue on its path, it’s not an exact science. In post-processing, lowering the highlights helps as does some shadow adjustment. You could selectively adjust the luminosity of one yellow tone with masking etc. Making insects stand out from the background can be challenging especially if they are inside the foliage. Shadow and light can help but overall, waiting for a point when they emerge from the foliage is the better option.