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Details of a Butterfly



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Contest Finalist in Butterfly Wings Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Pro Macro Shots Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Macro Extravaganza Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Primary Colors Photo Contest
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Magnified Marvels Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Magnified Marvels Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Capture Textures Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Capture Textures Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Patterns And Macro Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Macro Photo Contest Speed SeriesTop 30 rank
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Colors Of The Rainbow Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Textures Around Us Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Everything Insects Photo ContestTop 20 rank
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Fill The Frame Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Yellow Beauty Photo ContestTop 20 rank
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The Textures Of Insects Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Macro Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Nature And Patterns Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
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Composing with Colors Photo ContestTop 30 rank
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Using Zoom Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Natural Surfaces Photo ContestTop 20 rank
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65 Comments | Report
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon August 19, 2013
Up close, it is like a painting. Lovely detail
MariposaRosa
 
MariposaRosa August 19, 2013
Exceptional detail and color! Great job! Award worthy!
hollyh
 
hollyh August 19, 2013
stunning! This is an amazing capture!
srimanta
 
srimanta August 19, 2013
excellent colour and detail.... love it.........
UnkleFrank
 
UnkleFrank August 19, 2013
This is beautiful Carol. Excellent detail. Brilliant.
MelissaSword
 
MelissaSword August 19, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous detail and color!
aprilrena
 
aprilrena August 21, 2013
Wow! I see you have been working on your butterflies! This is a great! So colorful and beautiful!
dimplestwn
 
dimplestwn August 21, 2013
It's phenomenal...colors are soooooo Vibrant, LOVE it
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo August 25, 2013
Wow I mean wow the colour and detail of this beauty just explodes in you face it's perfect it's like you could reach over and touch those beautiful wings what is the name of it never seen a butterfly this colour before this has to be the image of a Macro Butterfly I have ever seen love it.
meshersmith
 
meshersmith August 29, 2013
Love everything in this oustanding shot; colors, light, texture, sharpness, detalis, POV, DOF & BG, are mind-bending!! Fabolous Macro!!!!!!!!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 03, 2013
Awesome close up! How did I miss this?
PKnot PRO+
 
PKnot October 03, 2013
Terrific detail on this!
333KimmySue
 
333KimmySue October 12, 2013
Beautiful!
SteveFlint
 
SteveFlint December 19, 2013
amazing detail - best I've ever seen!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 February 28, 2014
very nice close up ,voted
mountainman70
 
mountainman70 April 29, 2014
voted - good luck - wow
Flosno
 
Flosno July 30, 2014
Lovely entry....voted
texaaronpueschel Platinum
 
texaaronpueschel November 12, 2014
This one gets it. It just draws me in.
carlosramos
 
carlosramos April 22, 2015
Amazing shot here with excellent creativity and stunning outcome, great color, light and details, votedddd!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 22, 2015
Voted Primary Colors
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon May 04, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in the Primary Colours Contest ...great image
Wayne_Sr PRO+
 
Wayne_Sr May 04, 2015
Congratulations Carol.... Beautiful!
carlosramos
 
carlosramos May 04, 2015
Congratulation Carol on your finalist win. Celebrate dance to the music !!!
FrankSomma
 
FrankSomma May 04, 2015
Congrats Carol on this incredible macro!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal May 04, 2015
I saw this one too in the Finalists. Congratulations to both of us and good luck.
farlow PRO
 
farlow May 06, 2015
The texture and detail are amazing. I am completely blown away by this image. This is one I will commit to memory, Carol.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 May 12, 2015
Congrats on being a finalist! Love this shot!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal May 12, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
barbarabrock Platinum
 
barbarabrock June 01, 2015
I can feel it! Awesome. I love the B/W one too....
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 12, 2015
Congrats on your award!
BeccaLynn PRO+
 
BeccaLynn June 19, 2015
Amazing! It really did make my jaw drop.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 09, 2015
yay....contest finalist again..congrats Carol xoxoxo
UnkleFrank
 
UnkleFrank July 09, 2015
Yay!!! Carol, congratulations on a most deserving finalist award. Good for you. It is a marvelous capture.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 09, 2015
congratulations on your finalist award Carol .. awesome macro !!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon July 09, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Macro Extravaganza.. great work
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer July 10, 2015
Congratulations, Carol! finalist Macro Extravaganza!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka July 10, 2015
Congrats I did not realise.
UnkleFrank
 
UnkleFrank July 14, 2015
Yay!!! Carol congratulations on another well deserved award. I am truly happy for you. I love this shot, it's wings look like expensive designer material.
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer July 14, 2015
Congratulations, Carol! Finalist Pro Macro! Go for it!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon July 14, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Pro Macro competition
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac July 15, 2015
I see you were winging it again! Awesome! Congratulations!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 July 15, 2015
Congrats on being a finalist girl!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 July 15, 2015
Congratulations on another finalist award and a lovely photo. The detail is outstanding and wonderful to see. Just gorgeous.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 July 15, 2015
Congrats on being a finalist int he Macro contest too!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon July 15, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Butterfly Wings .. Great photo
CARDELPhotography
 
CARDELPhotography July 15, 2015
Colorful!!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka July 15, 2015
Congratulations. We are both winners in this competition.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 15, 2015
congrats on the award Carol .. well done
UnkleFrank
 
UnkleFrank July 16, 2015
Congratulations again on the Butterfly Wing finalist award. Good for you, and all the luck in the world in winning this contest.
FrankSomma
 
FrankSomma July 16, 2015
So you're trying to out butterfly wing me are ya! You may have, you just may have! This IS amazing.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 16, 2015
WOW another well deserved finalist award !! Congratulations Carol :)
VHiggins
 
VHiggins July 17, 2015
beautiful! congratulations!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal July 19, 2015
Congratulations on your Award Carol!
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw July 20, 2015
Stunning shot .....so many awards ! Well deserved !
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 July 22, 2015
Congratulations on your award again, good luck !
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal July 26, 2015
Congratulations on your Award!
gymmybob PRO+
 
gymmybob July 29, 2015
You can feel the texture!!! CONGRATS on a well deserved recognition!!!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 August 01, 2015
Congratulations being a finalist!
anitaselvog
 
anitaselvog August 22, 2015
It's amazing how much we miss with just the naked eye. What a beautiful capture! It's just like a great canvas up close. Thank you for sharing your photo!
priyaselvan
 
priyaselvan November 10, 2017
Wow!!!
No words to describe the beauty of this picture
Absolutely amazing
PhotoMark Platinum
 
PhotoMark November 12, 2017
Brilliant!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer June 14, 2018
Fan-freaking-tastic! This is detail-istic! And the color and texture!
ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel August 13, 2021
Incredible macro Carol - Exquisite detail and color! Congratulations!
marysorberdye Ultimate
 
marysorberdye January 15, 2023
WOW. Beautiful!~
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 December 10, 2023
Super photo!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot at the Butterfly Zoo near Newport, Rhode Island. It's a wonderful place that houses tropical butterflies during the summer.
Time
I took this in the middle of the afternoon on a summer day. It was sunny and that made it difficult to capture the butterflies as they are more active when it's sunny.
Lighting
Although it was bright outside, the light was somewhat diminished by the screened-in room.
Equipment
This is a hand held shot, taken with my Canon Rebel t3i with a macro lens that I used for the first time that day. I was excited about my new lens!
Inspiration
I very much enjoy taking photos of butterflies to begin with. I generally like a lot of color in my photos. This zoo has unique butterflies from around the world and it's very interesting to see the many different varieties. Because they move, I find it fun to try to capture their beauty through the lens. Taking pictures of butterflies often produces some good bokeh backgrounds too, which I find pleasing.
Editing
I magnified this and also darkened the contrast to make it stand out bold against a black background. The magnification shows exquisite details that we wouldn't see with the naked eye. I am fascinated by the texture of their bodies and wings. I use picasa which is a very simple editing program, so other than the magnification and heightening of the contrast, not much more was done to this photo.
In my camera bag
I carry 2 Canon Rebel bodies so that I don't have to switch lenses as often. I use one t3i and one t5i. I have 3 lenses: 17-55mm, a Canon ER 70-300mm zoom, and my macro EF 100mm 1:2.8.
Feedback
My best advice is to have fun when doing any shoot but particularly for a butterfly shoot. They will sometimes pose for you but being patient is key to a good butterfly capture. Try to capture them with wings open or looking directly into your camera. You will end up with completely different type photos even thought they were all taken at the same place. When using my macro, I try to aim for the eye or body and I don't mind that the wing might start to go out of focus as long as the eye/body is sharp.

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