Two on one
Two peacock butterflies on one sunflower together. We were not only lucky to see those two flying and dancing, but we were even more lucky they landed on a sunflower and waited until I took the shot.
Shot with a Canon EOS 100 (using the 75-300 mm Telezoom at almost 300mm focal length position) on Kodak Gold 200-5 in September 1998. Scanned from film with a Reflecta ProScan 4000 at 3600 dpi using SilverFast Ai Studio. Postprocessing included levels-adjustment, noise reduction and a slight increase of saturation. (Find the untouched version of this shot here) After that I cut out the butterflies and made them brighter using the levels tool. Then I cut out the sunflower and sharpened either the butterflies as well as the sunflower. Last thing was to crop to square size.
About shooting on negative film
There are three problems when shooting on film compared to shooting digital. First one is related to the fact that it is rather expensive, so you don't make many pictures of the same motive. Second one is that you simply cannot control what you got. You just can guess if the shutterspeed and aperture suits the motive. This is an extremly hard job to do if you can only check the result a few days later, when there is no chance to reshoot. Third problem is related to the scanning process. Even the best films are very grainy compared to digital cameras. Shooting with the 350D at 1600 gives a result that is less noisy than shooting on a ISO 100 film. Worse the noise doesn't follow a pattern, so you cannot extract it easily. Therefore scanned pictures are either extremly noisy or if you chose to filter everything out, they are not sharp (and still noisy).
Top500 of 20-Feb-2006 made it to #1 (the first time on March 26, 2006)
The mentioned untouched version made it to: MiReas Realm Sanctuary
Scored 60/65 on the Judgement Day group
Scored 82/100 on the 100 Points group.
Scored 42/50 on the Score Me! group
Picked to stay by the Pick-a-Flick to Stay group