Now that the icy grips of Winter and the way-too-wet Spring weather have finally gone away, it is now the time that photographers like when we can go out and enjoy our passion for photography. One thing I love to shoot this time of year is Butterflies. As a photographer they offer a good challenge because they are only stationary for a short period of time. I decided to go out try some images this last weekend when I realized I’ve never shot Butterflies in Hyper Color. I’ve shot them many times in Super Color, but since I’ve only had a Hyper Color camera a short time this would be a first. I did all the test images for Hyper Color and was impressed with the results, so I thought it could be a natural for this.
. . . and it is.
Because of the color palette in Hyper Color, you are capturing Magenta, Red, Blue, and sometimes Yellow. This created a totally different look from when I shot them in Super Color. Here’s a Super Color for comparison.
The Super Color is interesting, but the Hyper Color pulls a different Color Palette that gives the images a little more pop.
If you haven’t tried shooting Butterflies in Infrared before, let me give you a few suggestions:
- Don’t weigh yourself down with gear. Pick one lens you like and shoot with that. I usually go with one of Lensbaby Velvet lenses; the Velvet 56 or Velvet 85. They are both manual focus lenses, but the have a close focal range so I can get very close up on my subject if they cooperate.
- Be patient. If your subject stays in one place, make the most of it and shoot.
- Shoot bracketed. A Butterfly generally moves their wings open and closed. You can catch several different images in a split second.
- Set your in-camera White Balance to some sort of foliage.
- Your lighting conditions will be constantly changing, so check your preview to see if you’r getting what you want. I use a Hoodman loupe that works rather well.
- Try different angles and perspectives. Don’t just shoot straight down, try and get a parallel angle to the subject.
In post production, I ran my images thru the RAW editor for my camera, in this case Digital Photo Professional and then worked each of the color tones in Photoshop.
I found that using Selective Color was a great way to darken down certain colors.
So, here’s one more thing I like better in Hyper Color than in Super Color.
Hyper Color had really surprised me.
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