Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


A butterfly


Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This butterfly was perched on a rail bridge and tolerated me bothering it with the camera (for a while).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 37mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/9, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Auto apply a B&W preset I have called "PSKiss-FilmStyleBW-01". It auto applies curves (lights +60, darks -12, shadows -12), brightness +45, contrast +45, clarity +50 and increases the colour mixes in all channels, but mainly green and aqua.
  2. Exposure +0.6 (hoping for a slightly overexposed look)
  3. Clarity +100
  4. Crop & rotate
  5. I adjusted the vibrance which changed the colour mix - it had the effect of lightening the fencing on the right. Was just mucking around.

The wash-up:

I'm happy with this. Camera was already set to f/9.0 which helped the depth of field. Once I had the shot that I wanted, I tried some other settings - notably AI Servo. Problem with AI Servo (at least on my body) is it chooses a near-enough-is-good-enough focus which is good for sport but no good for macro. Lesson (re)learned.

What would you do?

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