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And now nature in colour

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 25 July 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Just for Sara, a bit more colour. By the way the butterfly is called a Meadow Brown.

Thank you all who looked at my image yesterday and for the honesty of your comments. I may be being a little controversial here, but we should try to be honest with our comments to each other and if we don't like an image say so. Providing we are prepared to say why we don't like it our comments are then constructive rather than destructive, although we all have different views likes and dislikes too. What do others think, I know if feel constructive criticism has been instrumental in helping me to improve as a photographer and sometimes those critics have been good enough to offer advice too !

What do you think, do you prefer the colour of today or the dark tones of the monochrome from yesterday ?

Canon EOS 60D 1/400 second F/7.1 ISO 100 250 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Toscana from Baden, France

It was strange and beautiful yesterday, and today I love it ! I like a lot the bokeh.
Bonne journée Doug, amitiés, Catherine

25 Jul 2014 7:02am

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Kind of better, all looks more edible.

25 Jul 2014 9:06am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A treasure hidden behind beautiful flowers . Superb capture !

25 Jul 2014 10:01am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful focus, colors & lighting!
Lovely butterfly!

25 Jul 2014 10:56am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Now this is a cracking good shot Doug! Super dof control and colouring! I much prefer this one to the darker tones of yesterdays image! Well done! ;-)

25 Jul 2014 11:44am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

J'aime beaucoup le B&W d'hier. J'aime mieux la composition d'hier car le papillon est mieux mis en valeur!ceci est mon humble avis!!! Une belle PDc pour celle-ci!! Bien à toi!

25 Jul 2014 11:53am

@Martine Libouton: Thank you Martine, your opinion is appreciated, my favourite is yesterdays too

jean pierre from paris, France

jolies couleurs!! amitiés

25 Jul 2014 12:18pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

There is something beautiful about each of them. I love the more whimsical feel of this one, peeking through the branches. The color works well to highlight the butterfly. In yesterday's I loved the contrasting tones giving the image a dramatic appeal. I agree, I grow from critiques that are kindly offered.

25 Jul 2014 12:47pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks Ruthie, I'm glad I'm not alone in my opinion, although it's nice to be praised sometimes when people have time it's nice to be told what they really feel about an image and why, and yes it helps us to grow as photographers

michel creze from le havre, France

Il se croyait bien caché !! c'est raté !! belle prise !

He thought he was well hidden! it is missed! nice catch!

25 Jul 2014 12:53pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I like todays - I wish the grass was not over the top but still a nice photo. When I think of butterfly's - I think of them in color. Yesterdays was a different darker look. I will also agree about the comments - when I first joined I was looking for critical comments so I could improve. I can't say the positives are not nice but many times they are not helpful.

25 Jul 2014 1:34pm

@Bruce: Thanks Bruce, although it's nice to receive praise and I understand people want to comment but don't perhaps have time to go in-depth about an image. So I can understand why so many one line positive comments appear, and they are appreciated. I just think that if and when we do have the time it's really helpful to have the critique of our peers, along with suggestions about how an image might be improved. I know I have learned a lot of useful techniques from some of the suggestions people have made.

Don from Spokane, United States

Of the two I prefer the black and white for the way its focuses on an important part of the picture. The color enhances the overall shot very much but is less effective to me.

25 Jul 2014 2:37pm

@Don: Thanks Don

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful ! nice capture.

25 Jul 2014 3:09pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Is it on drugs? They always fly away from me :) Lovely rich colour here Doug. No preference really, They both put across very different moods. A good demonstration of how choice of treatment can really change the impression an image makes.

25 Jul 2014 4:08pm

@grouser: Thanks Grouser your comment is appreciated. I'm having all insects and animals routinely drug tested in future, so I will be able to add the rider "no animal, or insect, was found to be under the influence of psychoactive substance during the taking of this photograph" unfortunately I will not be having the same rider for people I capture :-))

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel papillon au milieu des belles fleurs superbe vue.

25 Jul 2014 4:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent job on the selective focus on the butterfly with all of the foliage that surrounds it!!

25 Jul 2014 6:03pm

claudie from le havre, France

For my part, I like both pictures and it is honestly!!
it's different!!
I do both and I do it for me Doug!!
I love both!!!!

25 Jul 2014 7:23pm

@claudie: Thank you Claudie

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

The purples are so rich it is beautiful doug.

25 Jul 2014 8:50pm

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

Beautiful. Lovely with the splash of purple colour...

25 Jul 2014 10:18pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I like all the color but I think that yesterday's image was very creative. Most photos taken of summer flowers are in color and yours offered a different interpretation. With that in mind, I liked the one from yesterday the best. I also agree with you. I always appreciate constructive comments to help me become a better photographer.

25 Jul 2014 10:31pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Elaine. I keep trying to do something a little different with some images, although it's nice to capture beautiful things I think photography gives us the opportunity to offer our own view or interpretation of something and can excite and stimulate the viewer. Although I have to note it doesn't always work that well :-)

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Beautiful creature amid the greenery.

26 Jul 2014 1:44am

Langevine from Angers, France


26 Jul 2014 6:27am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Good point regarding making honest comments, but sometimes that can be touchy if the poster does not ask specifically for real criticism. I prefer the color version of this post. Butterflies and flowers always look better in color, IMO.

27 Jul 2014 2:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A pretty shot that I like better than the dark one yesterday although I prefer yesterday's composition. So, I prefer a rework of yesterday's image.

27 Jul 2014 11:12pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Most definitely this frame - I absolutely love the rustic colours of the butterfly against the greens. My only criticism would be the obscuring leaf but nevertheless a truly wonderful catch.

28 Jul 2014 10:07am

Canon EOS 60D
1/400 second
ISO 100
250 mm