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Turkey
Title: Mating butterflies (NO:2)Canon 450D
Mating butterflies (NO:2) (7)
Ozgur70 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 11 N: 280] (4568)

Crop, Sharpen
Crop, Sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-19 16:05:14] [3]
Using Photoshop Elements, first I cropped the image to reduce the amount of white background, then sharpened quite heavily using the USM. Lastly, reduced some noise in the background using the blur tool.
Alan
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United States
Title: Long-tailed Skipper - Urbanus proteus
Long-tailed Skipper - Urbanus proteus (4)
kernow Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 69] (370)

Lighting
Lighting
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-17 15:54:49] [2]
Using Photoshop Elements I made a small adjustment to Levels and also reduced the brightness and upped the contrast a little. The brown still looked a bit pale compared to these insects in real life so I added a small amount of saturation in the red channel. This looks to me more how I remember this species from field sightings.
Alan
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Canada
Title: Papillon 4Nikon D50
Papillon 4 (5)
jplebrun Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 12] (119)

Sharpen
Sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-16 08:55:09] [1]
Using Photoshop Elements, I applied the Unsharp Mask at 175/0.6/2 to bring out the details in the wings a bit more. I hope you like it.
Alan
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Italy
Title: pieridae?Nikon D40X
pieridae? (5)
cobra112 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)

Noise/Blur
Noise/Blur
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-14 10:44:33] [1]
I used the blur tool in Photoshop to reduce the background noise on the left and top of the picture. I left it as it was on the right and below the butterfly. You can also see the difference where I ran over the frame margin as I blurred that as well just to show my foot prints. This helps to remove noise that sometimes occurs in backgrounds after sharpening.
Alan
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Greece
Title: Autumn SquillCanon EOS 5D
Autumn Squill (6)
drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)

Blur for Noise
Blur for Noise
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-07 03:22:02] [1]
Have used Blur Tool at 70% on the BG to the left side of the plant, but left the right side untouched for comparison. Certainly I could see an improvement on the editing screen. I also just brightened it a little (+20). Alan
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Portugal
Title: BUTERFLYCanon 300D
BUTERFLY (1)
PauloCarneiro (1)

Crop, Brightness
Crop, Brightness
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-06 13:59:44]
I've cropped and resized the image and brightened it, all using Photoshop Elements 6.
Alan
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United Kingdom
Title: Season's EndNikon D80
Season's End (14)
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)

Sharpening
Sharpening
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-10-01 11:56:34]
In response to a couple of comments received, I have sharpened this picture rather more than originally. I'm not sure if this is now too much. What do you think?
Alan
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Switzerland
Title: Lycaena virgaureae
Lycaena virgaureae (38) *
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)

Crop
Crop
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-09-30 08:16:49] [2]
Cropped a little, primarily from top and left. Also richened the colours slightly by a small increase in saturation.
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United States
Title: Hand in HandNikon D80
Hand in Hand (8)
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)

Layers, painting
Layers, painting
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-09-24 05:44:51]
Cut the grasshopper and hand using the Magnetic Lassoo Tool then erased the BG and coloured it with low-saturation pale green. Helps the eye to concentrate on the subject not the background.
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Lithuania
Title: Celastrina argiolusCanon EOS 300 D
Celastrina argiolus (1)
rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)

Brightening
Brightening
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-09-12 12:39:28]
First Neat Image t reduce noise, then Elements 6 to raise brightness, desaturate yellows and greens to take the BG down a bit, then slective blur tool on parts of the BG. Finally Unsharp mask at 100/0.5/2
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