Announcement

Collapse

December's CHALLENGE

The topic to inspire your creative juices this month is BOXES Please don't forget to vote on November's LEAVES challenge and please re-vote if you already did but before the recent forum upgrade.

See more
See less

Chasing Painted Ladies

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Chasing Painted Ladies

    Been a while since I posted anything to Foto Fair so I thought i'd share some photos from last weekend.

    I grabbed my Sigma 105mm and visited a couple of supposed butterfly hotspots up in Holkham and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust site on the old Narborough Railway line. My main aim was to finally track down a White Letter Hairstreak, which I did manage to achieve and nab some shots of, although the little blighter refused to open his wings up for me!

    Best part of the day though was the huge amount of Peacock, Red Admiral and Painted Lady that were showing at Holkham...the latter of which being the star of the day.

    Painted Lady by Alan Watling, on Flickr

    Painted Lady by Alan Watling, on Flickr

    Painted Lady by Alan Watling, on Flickr

    I also flirted with some blues...

    Common Blue by Alan Watling, on Flickr

    Common Blue by Alan Watling, on Flickr

    ..and a selection of others which I won't bore you with here! I suspect this post is image heavy enough!

    Thanks for looking.

    Alan
    Slowly expanding Flickr
    ..and my horribly out of date website

  • #2
    Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

    nice shots . bore away!
    Ed

    What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

      There are fab shots.
      You canít make a great musician or a great photographer if the magic isnít there. ~ Eve Arnold

      Kit: Olympus OM4, OMD E5 MkII And some other junk to make it all work.

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

        Excellent shots of some beautiful butterflies Alan. The Hairstreak looks good too on Flickr. There won't be many butterflies flying today.

        Ron

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

          Originally posted by Olybirder View Post
          There won't be many butterflies flying today.
          I don't mind today as i'm stuck at work anyway Always depressing looking out of the office on a sunny day wondering what i'm missing. Fingers crossed for a warm and sunny weekend to get a few more in!
          Slowly expanding Flickr
          ..and my horribly out of date website

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

            Lovely collection of butterfly shots, all well captured.
            https://amandat.smugmug.com

            https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajthrelfall/

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

              Excellent shots!!
              Great detail and clarity

              Mike
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/eos-mike/

              www.mstphoto.zenfolio.com

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

                Truly excellent shot's, thanks for posting.

                On a different note, can I ask you to share the secrets of your obvious PP skills, regarding sharpening and resizing.

                My ORF's look terrific but when posted the sharpness goes all to pot, it's driving me mad.
                I've very good glass, but I may as well be using the bottom of a bottle.

                For instance....ORF or JPG...do you sharpen/resize/sharpen...etc.

                I've Googled till I'm blue in the face but nothing seems to work 'properly'.

                Seriously, being unable to post 'sharp' images is pushing me towards turning the 'whole' thing in and selling up.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

                  Superb shots
                  Iain

                  E-M1, E-M1 II, E-M5 II, 7.5, 8-18, 12-40, 25, 40-150, 45, 60, 300

                  Website
                  Flickr

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

                    Originally posted by Dave in Wales View Post
                    On a different note, can I ask you to share the secrets of your obvious PP skills, regarding sharpening and resizing.
                    Thanks Dave,

                    Happy to share my not so secret secrets! I can tell you there's no resizing involved at all in my post processing.. Basically I shoot RAW and process in Olympus Viewer 3. It's slow and clunky compared to LR but the results I get out of it are far superior in my opinion...especially for noise removal. For these it was just whacking the sharpening up to +2 and the odd tweak to exposure and highlights etc..nothing more as they were shot at low ISO's anyway.

                    Once cropped slightly and exported to JPEG I use a high pass sharpening technique I found which uses Topaz Denoise to clean up the image sharpen the details you want without sharpening image noise. [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2aln2dLKdw"]High Pass Sharpening [/ame]

                    That's really it. There are other high pass sharpening methods that don't use Topaz, but as I had it installed already I gave it a go and the results were definitely better than any other techniques i'd tried.

                    Hope that helps!

                    Alan
                    Slowly expanding Flickr
                    ..and my horribly out of date website

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

                      Very nice Alan and please do risk boring us with more if they are this good.
                      OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

                      I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: Chasing Painted Ladies

                        Lovely shots Alan, loving the fine details in there.
                        Stuff from Cuba
                        More stuff from Cuba
                        It all started here

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X