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Question 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Hi Guys

Below are links to 5 macro shots. I would really appreciate your usual honest, constructive comments on each (what might you do to improve them)...and an opinion as to which, if any, might be suitable for competition entry. If none, please do say so - I've got a thick skin.

P.S. The smallest is 1Mb, the largest is 2.5Mb

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...acros/Moth.jpg

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...cros/Moth2.jpg

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...s/MothEggs.jpg

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...erpillars2.jpg

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...erpillars3.jpg

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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

#1 is excellent but the large area of out of focus wing on the left is distracting

#2 is better but still the background detracts

#3 nice and simple but doesn't tell a story

#4 excellent composition but a little blurry

#5 my favourite - simple, could tell a story, perfect exposure and nice and sharp. Definitely a winner!

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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

1 would have been my winner had it been completely in focus. Failing that, it has to be 5 too.
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

#1: Excellent quality, would however benefit from cropping away parts of left and top background
#2: Even higher quality and suggestive, however the green background is somewhat grainy, consider blurring it?
#3: OK but not more. Seems slightly OOF, with focus on leave foreground? Consider re-cropping.
#4: Excellent composition but not sharp enough to win a competition
#5: Excellent, sharp and suggestive composition. Seems a tad underexposed (-1/3 EV?) could benefit from some toning and increasing contrast somewhat (my personal taste) but the current exposure works well too. My pick.

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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

You guys are great !! Very useful comments. I'll have a few hours on Thursday to

a/ see if I can do anything to re-crop #1 to remove the distractions
b/ see if I can tidy the background on #2
c/ gently boost the contrast / exposure on #5 and, if the above 2 don't work, submit.
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Hi Ceri

The green background in #2 should be quite easy to improve. Select the background only, making sure to exclude the body, wings, antennas and fine hairs, for which you want to preserve the details and sharpness. This should be quite easy with a "lasso" tool since the three sections have almost straight edges. For each section apply a blurring algorithm e.g. "Gaussian blur", I guess level 1 or 2 should be about right to remove or at least suppress the speckles.

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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

For me the first one is by far and away the strongest image. Yes, there are out of focus bits but those that need to be sharp, are sharp (thanks in part to your superb E-5). The only way that you are going to get greater DoF is by using focus stacking although this probably isn't very practical given the subject.
You could crop about 25% off the LHS and 10% off the top and RHS to end up with a cracking image. I would darken the flower as the yellow distracts rather.
The image would then be a very competitive competition entry in my opinion.
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Ok......is this an improvement? I'll look at image #2 tomorrow

http://www.firedemon1.force9.co.uk/O...cros/Moth3.jpg
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Better, but I would take even more off the LHS.
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

From a knowledgeless perspective that is fab
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Sponner - thanks

benvendetta - really? My thinking was, the left leg is in focus, so keep it...
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

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benvendetta - really? My thinking was, the left leg is in focus, so keep it...
Not too worried about its right leg - my version is more portrait format than square. I would post it if I had time
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

Dave, are you thinking taking away most of the green of the wing? Portrait looks good!
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Re: 5 Macro Images - Help me choose...?

I took Dave's advice in the end and lost most of the left side. I'll post my final version when i get the chance
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