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CanonCarolyn
 
CanonCarolyn December 06, 2013
This is one beautiful picture!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita December 06, 2013
excellent camera work. Wonderful color and light
Jaydip_Photos
 
Jaydip_Photos December 08, 2013
beautiful.. lovely colors
TessDriskill
 
TessDriskill December 10, 2013
Beautiful.
arjun
 
arjun December 17, 2013
Nice shot
Jon--Hall
 
Jon--Hall January 05, 2014
Nice macro shot. :)
changezi
 
changezi January 07, 2014
nice
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita January 13, 2014
nice camera work, composition and beautiful color
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 25, 2014
Perfect capture, bravo!
Timbo
 
Timbo February 19, 2014
Very good close up shot... Very clear.... Well done
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 March 13, 2014
spectacular colors, congrats
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life March 13, 2014
Ohhh… LOOOVE this one, my friend !! :):)
Congrats !! well deserved for this fluttering beauty ! (^_^)
silcabieses
 
silcabieses March 13, 2014
congrats! the perfect shot!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade March 14, 2014
fantastic, please check out my works
AndreaE
 
AndreaE March 19, 2014
Fantastic capture!! and Congratsss on being picked Finalist!! :))
ArtQ
 
ArtQ March 25, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
diporzio
 
diporzio April 13, 2014
deserved recognition
congrats
JoeS PRO
 
JoeS November 27, 2014
Fantastic capture!
jachsview
 
jachsview July 10, 2015
Beyond outstanding!
hekenka62
 
hekenka62 July 24, 2015
So beautiful, the soft pink, yellow and soft orange.
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature November 06, 2015
Nice capture-always apprecitae The Monarch e all need to plant milkweed to save them
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair May 14, 2016
Beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Boone Plantation, Georgia.
Time
Mid day
Lighting
This shot was taken inside a butterfly arboretum that had a screen over the entire structure for walls. The screen acted as a natural diffuser.
Equipment
Nikon D40; Nikon 18-55 lens. At that time I had a Nikon D70 and D40 on me. Currently I shoot a D700 and D300.
Inspiration
My wife and I visited the Boone Plantation (her idea after seeing the movie "The Notebook") and as we were walking up to the main house there was this small butterfly hut. We ducked inside and there were thousands of butterflies of all types fluttering about. I took a few shots and as I zoomed in on this flower the butterfly landed in the perfect spot...'click'.
Editing
Mild saturation enhancement and sharpening in post processing along with some strategic cropping to create this final composition. I was able to throw the background out a bit due to the distance from the butterfly to the back of the arboretum but not enough for my taste due to the max distance I had for this lens at 55mm so I used Gaussian blur in Photoshop to help the background. It takes patience to layer and erase out the foreground but it is worth it.
In my camera bag
Nikon D700; Nikon D300; Nikon 50mm f1.4 AIS;Nikon 50mm f1.8G; Nikon 85mm f1.8D; Nikon 35mm f1.8G DX; Tokina 12-24mm; Sigma 150mm f2.8; Manfrotto Tripod; LEE Big Stopper and assorted LEE adapter rings; Nikon SB 600 flash. I rent the rest as needed.
Feedback
Always have a camera with you. Now that cell phones have great cameras and post processing tools there would be a rare acceptable excuse not to capture anything interesting. When photographing subjects like this I prefer to throw the background out to enhance the subject. This is hard to do without a fast telephoto lens but you can achieve this with even a slow lens if you can shoot your subject very close and the background is far away. Also Gaussian blur in Photoshop helps when you need just a little more butter.

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