thank you for your very kind and encouraging words, and all the effort that you put into writing such a detailed critique and into that carefully arranged workshop version.
I agree with you that the dark shadows of the butterfly should be lightened up a bit. These very dark coloured butterflies are always hard to picture for reasons of dark parts getting black or to risk overexpose to the rest of the image. But this is what makes it a real sport to capture Erebia butterflies or to do useful postwork on those images.
I think your workshop was very useful to bring out significant details on wings. I might have done slighly less lightening up to maintain the very dark natural appearance of the butterfly, but you certainly indicated the available room for improval.
Reviewing that image I come to the conclusion that I have been quite undecided about the main object. The shows three objects of importance: the Erebia, the blossom, and the fly. Most prominent is the flower. For presenting the Erebia butterfly, there may be too much prominent distraction.
I think that posting the image under the title "Carduus personata, the Great Marsh Thistle" would have been better. Then the flower would play the main part in the story, with the two visitors enhancing her importance.
Thank you, Alexei my dear fried, for your very useful feedback.
With best regards,
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