Morning in Alice's Garden

A tiny butterfly captured yesterday. I did not intend to start an "Alice" series - I just find these tiny creatures magical and whimsical...like the ...
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A tiny butterfly captured yesterday. I did not intend to start an "Alice" series - I just find these tiny creatures magical and whimsical...like the world of Alice! :)
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JDLifeshots August 04, 2016
AnneDphotography August 04, 2016
I would love to visit Alices garden , awesome shot Kathy
sweetpea72 August 04, 2016
Ohhhh I love this, its perfect!! シ
Deboodle August 05, 2016
Just gorgeous, Kathy!!
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trainwoman August 05, 2016
Great exercise in the fresh air.....looks like you are getting faster and faster. Wonderful capture
chuckrickman August 05, 2016
Pure Genius!
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Bazz August 06, 2016
Love it! Fantastic shot! Just perfect!!! Great colouring and sharpness.
AHogue August 10, 2016
Absolutely perfect, Kathy!
ninakappel August 10, 2016
obsessed with the color comp!
NanaSue54 August 10, 2016
Gorgeous!!! :)
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mihrt August 11, 2016
wow so beautiful. Your detail achieved is excellent - I agree, these butterflies make you want to create a bit of 'magic' - it's almost 'natural.'.
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melkav August 13, 2016
Beautiful - stunning!
nina050 August 13, 2016
This is wonderful!
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mcampi August 14, 2016
What's not to like its got everything wonderful shot
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KayBrewer August 17, 2016
incredible detail!
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lizziemellis August 20, 2016
Simply gorgeous:-)
ElaineCatlingPhotography August 23, 2016
Superb capture!
SuzMDixon August 30, 2016
This is stunning - so natural and beautiful!
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nornots September 10, 2016
erickgarza March 10, 2017
Outstanding, wowwwww!!!!
JDLifeshots May 11, 2017
Congrats Kathy! Well deserved.
UnkleFrank May 11, 2017
My compliments on a very well deserved Finalist Award for this artistically composed image. Way to go!!!
sweetpea72 May 11, 2017
Huge congrats, Mom... Xoxoxo
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margaretgodfrey May 11, 2017
Congrats on being a finalist in Beautiful Butterflies comp Kathy :)
AnneDphotography May 11, 2017
congrats on you finalist award , well deserved ... this is such a beauty :)
TPOO May 11, 2017
Such a beautiful photo Kathy! Congratulations on being a finalist :) ?
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Bazz May 12, 2017
Congratulations on winning Contest Finalist in Beautiful Butterflies Photo Contest! Well done!
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mihrt May 12, 2017
CONGRATS on being a FINALIST for BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love this capture and edit !!
adavies May 12, 2017
Congrats on being a finalist...well deserved! This is beautiful! :)
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Cbries May 19, 2017
Wow! Beautiful, great composition light and bokeh!
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Cbries May 19, 2017
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NatureLoverJJWal June 09, 2017
Perfect details. Congratulations on your award!
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MicktheGreek June 12, 2017
Great photo Kathy...
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NatureLoverJJWal June 26, 2017
Always a beauty. Congratulations on your award!
Relic53 June 29, 2017
Awesome shot very nice
sweetpea72 July 03, 2017
Congrats, Mom xo
estercastillo08 July 03, 2017
Congrats !
sweetpea72 July 26, 2017
Yeahhhhh... Big congrats to you, Mom... Well deserved! Xoxo
chuckrickman July 27, 2017
Kudos on your featured award. :)
martyconey July 30, 2017
Well done on your awards Kathy amazing and well earned
Kim_Schou August 16, 2017
Just great - wonderful bokeh!
nina050 August 24, 2017
I missed congratulating you on this in July! It's simply wonderful.
LaurieS November 08, 2017
Stunning photo
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Behind The Lens

I took this in the Butterfly Pavilion in Albuquerque, one of my favorite places because of the variety of butterflies there.
I got there in the late morning and spent a couple of hours. I know I forgot the time and never wanted to leave, as is typical for me when I'm shooting.
This is a screened pavilion so the natural light is excellent. We had some high overcast that day, which helped with contrast.
I had no tripod, just my Nikon D5300 camera and 55-300 lens. Pictures of butterflies have to be taken so quickly, I try to get my exposure set on the first few shots so I don't have to think about it for each photo. I never use flash, preferring natural light.
I loved the plant where this butterfly had landed - like a miniature world of its own. I love whimsy, and this fit right into my Alice in Wonderland kind of look I was hoping for. There is nothing more inspirational that the beautiful creatures of nature.
I used CC Photoshop for some basic editing, as well as a light texture for background color, and a bokeh brush to add to the natural bokeh.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D5300 DSLR, several lenses depending one what I'm shooting, polarizer filters for each lens, microfiber cloths, and extra lens-cap leashes and memory cards. My two go-to lenses are the Nikon 55-300 and the Sigma 18-250 macro - a great all-round lens.
For capturing butterflies, whether in a pavilion or in my garden, I prefer early morning or late afternoon light - or high overcast. Overcast light really brings out colors and cuts down on contrast problems, while still allowing enough light to shoot fast. For me it took a lot of practice to capture my favorite subjects - birds, bees and butterflies - as they are very fast and don't give you much time. I do wish they would pose more often! I know my subjects and surroundings well enough to get my settings right quickly. Because of using a long lens so often, I do usually shoot with an ISO of 400-800 - always depending on the light. Most of all, love what you shoot!

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