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Sometimes I like it on a bigger scale :).
A female gossamer-winged butterfly in the early morning. This is no Photoshop work - just minor adjustments.Read more

Sometimes I like it on a bigger scale :).
A female gossamer-winged butterfly in the early morning. This is no Photoshop work - just minor adjustments.
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64 Comments |
nevesincs
 
nevesincs November 03, 2016
Nice pastel colors!
Keep on...
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HenrikSpranz November 10, 2016
Thanks a lot!
nornots Ultimate
 
nornots November 10, 2016
Wow
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HenrikSpranz November 10, 2016
Thank you!
Witmar
 
Witmar November 10, 2016
amazing picture
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HenrikSpranz November 10, 2016
Thanks again Witmar!
Poochbabe
 
Poochbabe November 13, 2016
Can't imagine a better color combination!
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HenrikSpranz December 12, 2016
Thanks so much!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 November 14, 2016
Gorgeous! Beautiful capture sir!
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HenrikSpranz December 12, 2016
Thanks so much Ronda!
laurahannaford
 
laurahannaford December 12, 2016
Wow this photo is beautiful! Im currently running a butterfly photo challenge, you should enter!
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HenrikSpranz December 12, 2016
Thanks a lot Laura! Done :)
EdithNero
 
EdithNero February 15, 2017
Excellent macro ????????????????????
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HenrikSpranz February 15, 2017
Thank you Edith! But why all the question marks? :)
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 17, 2017
absolutely ❤ this! シ
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HenrikSpranz February 19, 2017
Thank you Melissa :) - glad you like it!
eauderose
 
eauderose February 18, 2017
superbe !!
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HenrikSpranz February 19, 2017
Thank you!
debbidayton
 
debbidayton February 19, 2017
Lovely. Looks like a painting.
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HenrikSpranz February 20, 2017
Thank you Debbi!
sumaya
 
sumaya February 21, 2017
Very nice photo. Where was it taken?
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HenrikSpranz February 22, 2017
Thank you - in a meadow in Austria on sunrise, but the location does not really matter here :).
eauderose
 
eauderose February 26, 2017
superbe !!
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HenrikSpranz February 27, 2017
Thank you!
Jaxxlynn
 
Jaxxlynn February 26, 2017
I heart this photo so much! Thanks for sharing!
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HenrikSpranz February 27, 2017
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)
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hiyahercfarm March 04, 2017
Beautiful capture! I love the softness of the photograph paired with the lovely pastel colors. Breathtaking...love it!
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HenrikSpranz March 04, 2017
Thanks a lot - glad you like it!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 11, 2017
Gorgeous! Congrats.
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HenrikSpranz May 12, 2017
Thank you! :)
Bookins
 
Bookins May 11, 2017
Beautiful
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HenrikSpranz May 12, 2017
Thank you! :)
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq May 11, 2017
Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on being a finalist! :)
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HenrikSpranz May 12, 2017
Thank you Kathy! :)
lexdesign
 
lexdesign May 11, 2017
Love your photos, many have a watercolor look is that a filter or Photoshop??
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HenrikSpranz May 12, 2017
Thank you! No filters - no Photoshop. This wouldn't be allowed in major nature photo competitions where I sumbit my photos to as well :).
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rpdhjja May 12, 2017
Masterwork, beautiful...
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HenrikSpranz May 12, 2017
Thanks a lot! :)
ShelleyE
 
ShelleyE May 13, 2017
Beautiful colors and a very nice portfolio
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
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Hood May 20, 2017
Geat colour and dof!!!
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks a lot!
Jacqui-scott PRO+
 
Jacqui-scott May 29, 2017
Stunning
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you!
aphotoaday365
 
aphotoaday365 June 03, 2017
Truly fantastic!
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
parallel-universe
 
parallel-universe June 07, 2017
Amazing butterfly! Colors are stunning.
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you :)!
garykavanagh PRO
 
garykavanagh June 07, 2017
Nice colors and awesome shallow depth of field. The purple flower really draws the eye to your subject. Very nice work.
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks so much, Gary!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 07, 2017
Congrats on your runner-up award - such a beautiful image!
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks a bunch, Kathy! :)
rickperry
 
rickperry June 07, 2017
just beautiful
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you Rick!
AprilHumen
 
AprilHumen June 08, 2017
Looks like a beautiful painting!
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you! :)
donlipps
 
donlipps June 09, 2017
What a wonderful gallery, thanks.
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thanks a bunch, Don!
melkav PRO+
 
melkav June 11, 2017
Absolutely beautiful
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you, Mel! :)
agodfreyphotography
 
agodfreyphotography July 11, 2017
Beautiful colours
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HenrikSpranz July 12, 2017
Thank you! :)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 17, 2017
Congrats on another Finalist Award, Henrik!
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HenrikSpranz July 25, 2017
Thank you aaaaand...
alexandrudinulescu
 
alexandrudinulescu July 17, 2017
Gorgeous !! Congrats !
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HenrikSpranz July 25, 2017
Thank you!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 25, 2017
Woo-Hoo, Henrik! Runner-Up!! Congrats!
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HenrikSpranz July 25, 2017
...thanks so much again :)!
catherinethompson PRO+
 
catherinethompson August 02, 2017
Stunning.
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thank you Catherine!
Cbries
 
Cbries August 03, 2017
Stunning capture Henrik, congrats!
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks a lot! :)
michael-essex
 
michael-essex August 03, 2017
Beautiful
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thank you Michael!
sharilee
 
sharilee August 05, 2017
I am in LOVE with all of your photos. In awe.....
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks so much! :)
podesta
 
podesta August 20, 2017
Perfect picture
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thanks again!
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo August 20, 2017
Superb
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HenrikSpranz August 21, 2017
Thank you!
Adri53
 
Adri53 October 13, 2017
Really excellent
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HenrikSpranz October 13, 2017
Thanks a bunch!
MichaelSeichter
 
MichaelSeichter February 05, 2018
Great shot! Wonderful colors ..Congrats!
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HenrikSpranz February 05, 2018
Thank you Michael :)
Buddee
 
Buddee May 02, 2018
Beautiful!
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HenrikSpranz May 02, 2018
Thank you! :)
debbiespeed Ultimate
 
debbiespeed June 30, 2018
Love this background!
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HenrikSpranz September 01, 2018
Thank you Debbie!
Julia_137
 
Julia_137 August 03, 2018
Great picture ! Come and check out a few of mine sometime 😃😄
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HenrikSpranz July 30, 2019
Thank you Julia!
franceshogue
 
franceshogue November 28, 2018
Beautiful! Absolutely stunning!
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HenrikSpranz July 30, 2019
Thanks you Frances!
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smshaffer February 27, 2019
Lovely image
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HenrikSpranz July 30, 2019
Thanks a lot!
KevinGPhotography
 
KevinGPhotography May 31, 2019
Absolutely stunning!!
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HenrikSpranz July 30, 2019
Thank you Kevin!
speterson6
 
speterson6 July 26, 2019
Simply beautiful. Has a wonderful painterly quality. A true masterpiece.
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HenrikSpranz January 28, 2020
Thanks a lot!
PhotographybyTessa
 
PhotographybyTessa October 23, 2019
Beautiful
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HenrikSpranz January 28, 2020
Thank you very much!
sandra4 Platinum
 
sandra4 January 20, 2020
Beautiful photo story. Love your photo sight.
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HenrikSpranz January 28, 2020
Thank you Sandra!
sue-zon PRO+
 
sue-zon January 25, 2020
Greeting card perfection!
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HenrikSpranz January 28, 2020
Thanks a bunch, Sue!
sandrarust
 
sandrarust February 18, 2020
Love this
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HenrikSpranz February 21, 2020
Thank you Sandra!
shellymaan
 
shellymaan February 24, 2020
Just another awesome incredibly beautiful photo. I am so envious.......
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HenrikSpranz July 13, 2020
Thanks a lot!
Eduardbetz Platinum
 
Eduardbetz May 04, 2020
Looks like an expensive painting ! Fantastic colors and composition !
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HenrikSpranz July 13, 2020
Thanks you!
patrickstrock PRO
 
patrickstrock July 13, 2020
Nice shot
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HenrikSpranz July 13, 2020
Thanks!
shelleytemplelarter
 
shelleytemplelarter July 25, 2020
Wow!
Amazing colours !
Absolutely lovely photo!
So dreamy!
💚
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HenrikSpranz October 27, 2020
Thank you Shelley!
shelleytemplelarter
 
shelleytemplelarter July 25, 2020
Luv how the subject stands out .
Great work!
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HenrikSpranz November 18, 2020
Thanks a bunch!
SenecaGracePhotography
 
SenecaGracePhotography October 25, 2020
this is beautiful😍
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HenrikSpranz October 27, 2020
Thank you! 🌺
jemas
 
jemas December 07, 2020
So beautiful 💙 Just love your photos it's really inspiring!
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HenrikSpranz December 10, 2020
Thank you very much, Jessica - glad you do!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL June 02, 2021
Excellent macro photography
markivaldi PRO+
 
markivaldi July 01, 2021
The beautiful background really enhances this image.
tawnyacoomer PRO+
 
tawnyacoomer May 12, 2022
Perfect timing! 😍
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HenrikSpranz May 27, 2022
Thank you! :)
sallierobertadouglas Platinum
 
sallierobertadouglas December 21, 2023
Amazing!
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HenrikSpranz Jan 10
Thank you!
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photo in Austria - not far from the Lake Neusiedl east of Vienna.

Time

As like almost every time when I'm about to do a macro shooting I get up long before sunrise - here it has been like 3:30am in the morning to be there before sunrise to have the chance to find sleeping butterflies.

Lighting

Morning light is the light I like most for macro photography. The first light of the day is soft and helps getting a balanced exposure.

Equipment

For this photo I've used a Canon 5d Mk iii together with a Canon 180/3.5 L Macro. I've used a tripod, I've shot with manual focusing and using the live view for it. No flash or reflector was used.

Inspiration

I always try to include the habitat of the butterfly in the picture. Many macro photographers try to get a uniform background, but I always try to fill the negative space with an interesting bokeh without distracting too much from the main subject. I've tried to get that butterfly with open wings before its first flight and was very happy I've managed to do that.

Editing

There's not that much post processing in this shot as it was used in major nature competitions as well where post processing is very limited. I've developed the RAW in Ligthroom for some optimization in the histogram. In Photoshop I've used tonal correction and a little dodge & burn technique to brighten the butterfly.

In my camera bag

Canon 5d Mkiii, Canon 16-35/4 L IS, Canon 50/1.4, Canon 135/2 L, Canon 180/3.5 L macro, Canon 400/2.8 L IS USM, bean bag, Sirui and Berlebach tripods, reflectors and diffusors, gradient filters, polarization filter

Feedback

If you have an idea for a photo don't give up too early if it doesn't work the first time. Getting a waking up butterfly with open wings in that quality and such a bokeh isn't a thing you can get every day. To know how bokeh works is a special part of photography skills and there's still so much to know about it, but I love to play with it and experiment since a few years. Hundreds of hours of trying and failing brought me there and many more will be necessary.

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