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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

I love patterns in nature, so when I saw the topic of the photo challenge from WordPress this week was lines and patterns, I went back to this photo of a butterfly that I shot a few months ago but never finished editing.  Here is the edited version:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/30

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/30

To get this shot I used a tripod, just to get the image as still as possible.  I wanted to keep my ISO as low as possible. The shutter speed is slow to let in some of the light I was keeping out with my low ISO. Because of the tripod and also because the butterfly stopped for a minute, I was able to get away with a shutter speed on 1/30.  I chose a low f-stop, because the background is quite busy.

The editing I have done in Photoshop.  I created a duplicate layer and then used my history brush set of 35% opacity and color burn, with the brush I boosted the color in the butterfly to make it stand out a bit more from the background.  After doing that, I cropped and sharpened the photo.

Here is the original:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/30

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/30

What do you think? Do you like the outcome of my edited version? have you ever used the history brush to get a similar result?

Cheers!

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36 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

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  4. Usually I am scared of butterflies, had a bad bad experience with one once. But that photo is just wow. I got chills with it’s beauty! First time visiting your blog and I really liked it!
    — Thay

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    • I think of it usually as a way to “brush” something back into a photo. Something that you have edited out, perhaps several steps before, can be restored. It allows you to keep the editing that you want, but go back in time (history) and bring back a part of the photo that you would like to see restored. In this particular case, I have used it in a somewhat non-traditional way, by changing the brushes normal settings. As usual with Photoshop, this brush has more than one way of being used.

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