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Black and white butterfly on blossom

Black and white butterfly on blossom
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11 Comments | Report
Kazza60 November 19, 2014
congratulations on the award .. great detail .. lovely capture
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AZPhotos November 19, 2014
:) Thank you very much!
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FrankSomma November 30, 2014
This is crystal William. Love red, white and black too. Hey that's an odd username for I guy named William lol!
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GigiJim08 December 07, 2014
Congratulations on your Award!
abigailshirley December 11, 2014
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GigiJim08 December 17, 2014
Vivid details and Great contrast of colors. Voted symphony of colors.
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GigiJim08 December 18, 2014
hahaha Again voted this for Photographers of the month.
CiprianNafornita December 18, 2014
bellissima complimenti
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VHiggins March 05, 2015
fantastic detail and comp!
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rmr731 June 11, 2015
Fantastic closeup!

Behind The Lens

The photo was taken at the Tucson Botanical Gardens' Butterfly Exhibit. The exhibit is a small building in the gardens that features butterflies, exotic frogs, and beautiful plants and flowers in temperature and humidity controlled conditions. All are purchased from all over the world. Besides providing a beautiful exhibit, the gardens contribute to the environment by giving economic value to the plants, frogs and butterflies. Native populations in these countries then help preserve endangered species because they can be sold into markets in the USA. This has proved far more effective than appeals to the governments of these developing nations.
This image was taken a day when the Garden's controlled temperature and humidity setting in the Exhibit was unusually high causing a severe problem with fogging of my lenses, Live View screen, etc. It took almost an hour for my gear to equilibrate so that I could shoot. The image was taken at precisely 11:00AM on February 10, 2014.
The Butterfly Exhibit is a special building with a frosted glass construction which blocks direct sunlight. Light is further affected by the large and plentiful plants growing in the Exhibit.Therefore the light tends to be soft, diffused, and sometimes shaded by the plants.
Canon EOS 70D with EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM lens and a NEEWER Macro Ring LED Light The shot was handheld (Shutter priority -1 EV, 1/60 at f/11
I loved the contrast of the black and white butterfly on the red flower. The butterfly had recently emerged from the chrysalis and was relatively still waiting for its wings to dry. It was perfect because I had the time to set up my shots and get exactly what I wanted.
Fortunately little processing was required on the shot besides cropping and some minor adjustments in Lightroom. I took it briefly to Photoshop for slight color change adjustments and to sharpen.
In my camera bag
Two Canon cameras (5D Mark iii and EOS 70D), Canon lenses (EF 100mm Macro, 70-200mm Zoom, 16-35mm Zoom, 24-105mm zoom, 50mm, and 85mm), Canon 600EX Speedlight, wireless and wired shutter release, batteries, lens cleaner, extra tripod mount, color card, and 32G SD cards
The main thing I needed for this shot was patience. Most photographers (whether with smartphones or large DSLR cameras) simply left when their gear fogged over. It took considerable time and lots of patience to stay in the hot, humid environment waiting for my gear to acclimate. In my experience, one of the greatest virtues a photographer can possess is the patience to wait for the best shot, whether it is for a cloud to move, a child to settle down and forget about the camera, or patiently shooting image after image until the image is as good as possible. We live in a high-speed society, but patience is a great asset for any photographer.

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