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Monarch Butterfly on Purple Echinacea

I originally took this photo on 31 July 2008 but never did anything with it. I wanted to post some more insect photos, butterflies are always nice, and I’ve been hearing about the usefulness of the Ranked List option on Virily so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and do some experimenting with different edits of this photo.

First, the details about the photo. It was taken along the Chicago’s Lake Michigan lakefront near Foster Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park. There is a small wildflower garden near the beach house. I used a Panasonic DMC-FZ50 camera without any close-up attachments or filters to take it.

All of the photos are © 2008, 2017 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.


Monarch on Purple Echinacea (2008-07-31 12-16-04b)

For this photo I used Macphun's Luminar for Windows 1.0 to apply the following filters: Accent - AI, Microstructure and Saturation/Vibrance. I wasn't going for anything dramatic here. I actually wanted to compare Luminar to ACDSee Ultimate.

Luminar provides you with a set of filters to manipulate your images as well as a nice set of presets for you to use. If you find a combination of filters you use over and over again, you can save it as a custom preset. You can also import presets which other users share.

It makes a nice replacement for Google's Nik software which they have discontinued.


Monarch on Purple Echinacea (2008-07-31 12-16-04c)

This image was also done with Luminar for Windows 1.0 but, rather than experiment with my own combination of filters, I used the 'Misty Land' preset to give it a soft focus look. I usually don't care for soft focus photos for nature photos but I like the way this turned out.


What do you think?

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Written by Gary J Sibio


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    • Thanks, Carol. Although I wasn’t able to get any photos this year, it seems that there were more than I’ve seen for some time now. Sadly, not anywhere near as many as when I was younger. I remember one day in college when I looked out my dorm window and saw a tree that must have been covered with thousands of them.

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