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Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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This is a shot that just wasn’t happening once it got to the computer. I looked at it a long time and got only one impression: these two butterflies were talking to each other and I was a eavesdropper on their conversation. At the time, I didn’t bother them, since they looked to be a couple, but I wanted a “family portrait” so I snapped off about 10 shots quickly and moved on. I used the Olympus IR-500 for the macro but I wasn’t really trying to get too close, hence the “mid-range” feel that’s not quite macro but not really ‘just a regular shot’ either.

The selective colouring tool in Adobe’s PhotoShop Element’s 3 saved this photograph from the Archives Of Hell: the external hard drive where more than 100,000 images dwell/languish, either never to be seen again or hunted down by approximate date if I need something in particular. I turned the entire image black and white then tried to add the colour to just the butterflies. That didn’t work well since I wasn’t interested in making all the careful edits to select only the subjects. Instead, I blew out the entire shot: maxed the saturation settings for selective hues until the wings looked interesting while ignoring the rest of the image (which was also looking rather maxed out. LOL! Then I used Corel’s PaintShop Pro IX to enlarge the image as big as I could get it on the screen (to see the edges better), select the paintbrush tool, and to wipe the entire shot, sans the butterflies, of all colour, leaving the surrounding areas all black and white. It’s a lot easier for me to remove surrounding elements of a photograph than to try to isolate a single element.

For Red Bubble, I went back to Elements to resize the image (since that program resizes much more carefully than Corel’s) and make it large enough to be of use here for making everything from postcards to posters without the distortion of expanding pixels or the randomness of making the computer “guess” what new pixels to create to fill out the new gaps in data.

I hope this teaches anyone who’s wondering but if any of you in Photography 101 would like more detailed information of what I use or how I use it, by all means email, BubbleMail, or catch me on an Instant Messenger using rarexistence657 on AOL, MSN, or Yahoo and I’ll be glad to go into more details or walk you thru an edit if you’d like.

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