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Post by Bob's Photography » Wed May 06, 2015 2:19 pm

I've done a series of shots where I dropped out the background and added a little drop shadow. The actual print framed under glass looks like a real moth flattened by the glass. BTW, this moth is almost a foot across, how would you like to have a bunch of them flying around your BBQ in your back yard?

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Post by Duck » Wed May 06, 2015 11:28 pm

Definitely an impressive shot and, damn, that's a big moth.
The lighting and positioning look very controlled. Was this a nature shot or did you have the luxury of working with the subject?
I really like the simplicity of the background. It lets me appreciate the moth that much more but I think (for me at least) the salmon pink is a bit too strong. I like the choice of hue just not so much the intensity, if that makes sense to you.
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Post by Bob's Photography » Thu May 07, 2015 12:49 pm

Duck,
Here's the original shot. I thought the background was interesting but a too busy. It was taken at a butterfly conservatory on Long Island, NY. I have no idea where you would come across it in the wild (as long it's "not in my backyard"). I used the salmon after trying many other colors, it seemed to be non offencive to the moth's colors. BTW, to give you a idea of size, that's like a telephone pole it's on. I wish I had shot it with a hand or something in the shot.

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Post by Bob's Photography » Thu May 07, 2015 1:05 pm

Duck, I found the PSD. You think this background would look better?

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Post by TomCofer » Thu May 07, 2015 1:09 pm

Nice shot Bob. I like the lighter background a bit better.
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Post by Ceropegia » Thu May 07, 2015 1:52 pm

Nice shot, great detail! The dropped shadow is a nice touch to give the image a 3D quality. My preference, however, would be for a light blue or perhaps green background which I think would be more natural and go better with the browns and yellows. To my eye, the pink sort of clashes with the moth's colors.

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Post by Bob's Photography » Thu May 07, 2015 9:30 pm

How about the background in white, easier to frame, easier to match decor.

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Post by Duck » Thu May 07, 2015 11:46 pm

Bob's Photography wrote:How about the background in white, easier to frame, easier to match decor.

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I don't know about the white, too antiseptic for me. I do like the lighter pink. Much better. The background doesn't compete anymore but rather enhances the moth's colors.
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Post by Bob's Photography » Fri May 08, 2015 1:01 pm

I hate to beat a dead horse (or any animal) but in the real world look, do you guys(gals) still like the light pink? I value all your opinions.

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Post by Duck » Fri May 08, 2015 4:09 pm

Bob's Photography wrote:I hate to beat a dead horse (or any animal) but in the real world look, do you guys(gals) still like the light pink? I value all your opinions.

Hmm, this is an interesting question that actually puts this into my realm of graphic design. In short, here is my answer;

As a stand alone image for publication (image printed on a white page) the light pink would be my first choice. It helps separate the image, creating a definitive border that keeps it from blending into the page.

As a framed print, I definitely prefer the white background with the color matched mat border. In that respect the physical frame acts as the offset from anything else on the wall (or wall color/paper). The white contrasts nicely and helps showcase the image better.

If you scroll to the pink background image with no frame you can see what I mean by not blending into the page in comparison to these framed images.

In any respect, I still don't like the dark pink (N)
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