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Japan
Title: Pelopidas mathiasNikon D80
Pelopidas mathias (2)
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)

Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-02-07 10:14:50]
I just noticed the noise in the BG on the top right. Why I didn't see this before, I can't explain. Maybe a bit of a rush. I have used the blur tool on it.
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Brazil
Title: HeliconiusSony Cyber-shot DSC-H5
Heliconius (1)
pflahr Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 33] (510)

Crop, sharpen
Crop, sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-02-03 08:55:27] [2]
Using Photoshop Elements, I cropped the picture, sharpened it a little and use the blur tool on the dark green background to put it further away.
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Ghana
Title: Larinopoda euremaCanon EOS 60D
Larinopoda eurema (4)
drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)

Noise, Crop
Noise, Crop
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-02-02 11:46:20]
So, not only the noise reduction, but also a crop, resize and resharpen. See more butterfly and less twig. Surely a good trade-off?
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India
Title: butterfly
butterfly (1)
kajari (24)

Exposure, Sharpness
Exposure, Sharpness
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-02-01 02:10:35] [1]
I applied Neat Image at default setting to reduce background noise, then reduced the brightness and increased the contrast somewhat. Finally sharpened with the Unsharp Mask.
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Spain
Title: Tocada del alaSamsung Pro 815
Tocada del ala (13)
zumoduvas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 0 N: 69] (2535)

Strengthening
Strengthening
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-01-31 09:58:08] [2]
First I reduced background noise using Neat Image. Then reduced the brightness a little and increased the contrast. I desaturated the greens a little and improved the density of the brown by increasing the red saturation.
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Indonesia
Title: Butterfly 3nikon D 200
Butterfly 3 (5)
ESS (102)

Crop, Sharpen
Crop, Sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-01-31 09:47:01] [2]
First I used Neat Image to reduce the BG noise. then, using Photoshop Elements, I cropped the picture a little tighter and applied the Unsharp Mask at 175/0.4/2.
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Indonesia
Title: Butterfly 1nikon D 200
Butterfly 1 (5)
ESS (102)

De-Noise, Sharpen
De-Noise, Sharpen
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-01-29 11:28:11] [1]
I used Nest Image to reduce the background noise and then the Photoshop Unsharp Mask at 150/0.4/0 to sharpen the butterfly a bit.
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Spain
Title: Anagyris foetidaFuji Finepix S9500
Anagyris foetida (60)
jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)

Full bush view
Full bush view
jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415) [2008-01-27 02:31:34]
This bush is at about 2 metres high and is growing in the narrow border of a path. Olive trees in the backgroundfill all the useful fields.
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South Africa
Title: Butterfly for the ChiefSony Cybershot DSC H9
Butterfly for the Chief (158) *
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)

Desaturation, sharpening
Desaturation, sharpening
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-01-24 03:59:00] [7]
Hi Anna,
Using Photoshop Elements 6:
Desaturated the greens by 50% and enhanced the saturation of yellows by 15%.
Applied Unshrp Mask at 100/0.4/0.
I think this has preserved the colours of the butterfly but reduced the intensity of the background, so that we can appreciate the subject a little more. Cheers
Alan
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Italy
Title: °Aricia agestis°°Canon PowerShot A70
°Aricia agestis°° (5)
flashpoint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)

Desaturate, De-noise
Desaturate, De-noise
accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454) [2008-01-16 15:36:45] [2]
In Photoshop CS3:
Applied Neat Image to the background at 80% to reduce noise.
Decreased saturation of everything a little and of green by quite a lot. Very bright colours are a bit overwhelming.
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