In this photo a Beast Mines Microgametophytes, or a butterfly sucks up flower juice.

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 105mm F/2.8
f/20
1/250s
400 ISO

 

Lightroomed

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

  • Exposure and contrast raised
  • Highlights and blacks lowered
  • Shadows and whites raised
  • Clarity and vibrance raised
  • Saturation lowered
  • Sharpened with masking
  • Lens corrections

 

Photoshopped

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

  • Cropped and rotated

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

  • Filled empty spots with “content aware fill”

 

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

  • Burnt a vignette around the edges of the photo to focus interest on the beast.

 

Final Thoughts

Well that went well, but with a gallery of butterfly photos, to make this one stand out I tried different tones and curves, but settled on the original…
After all I didn’t buy a state of the art camera to just add an Instragram-like filter onto my shots.

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes

 

Beast Mines Microgametophytes