A Cloudy-wing Butterfly (Four Photographs and some Notions)
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I took the photos of this faded butterfly with the thought that while the butterfly was interesting the background was not great. My settings in camera stayed the same, my position changed, as did my framing. A bit of softness to the photo added to the airy quality. In processing I followed a normal sequence of adjusting exposure, highlights, shadows, noise reduction, sharpening, detail extraction, and a levels adjustment for contrast. The color versions came out well enough, but moving to black and white seemed like a good idea. In black and white my adjustments made the background go cloudy. The adjustments further increased detail in the butterfly. In the end I have four photographs, my preference is for the black and whites. Visualizing a result, getting options so that you have choices, that’s what I like. I am going to let these sit for a few months and age before choosing which one I prefer.