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Taking A Rest

A bright butterfly lands on an oak leaf on an autumn day in Utah.

A bright butterfly lands on an oak leaf on an autumn day in Utah.
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Winner in Butterfly and Bokeh Photo Challenge
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The Swag ProjectTop 20 class
The Beauty Of Fall Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class
The Beauty Of Fall Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class week 2
The Beauty Of Fall Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class week 1
Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 20 class
Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 20 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 30 class week 1
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NaturesBounty April 12, 2018
Thanks all for the kind words.
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JayneBug November 11, 2019
Beautiful color and bokeh. Congratulations on your award winning image.
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Joviaal November 12, 2019
Congratulations on your win with this beautiful butterfly image.
patsydunn_6499 December 22, 2019
Beautiful shot with magical background!!!

Behind The Lens

My friend and I were hiking in a less-traveled and not as picturesque portion of Zion National Park in October of 2016.
I remember it being mid afternoon. My friend was getting impatient with me because we were supposed to be discovering the non-touristy sections of a gorgeous National Park, not stop every few minutes for me to take photos of rocks and leaves and shapes and patterns.
l remember the afternoon lighting being slightly harsh. My ISO was 100. We were hiking in a shallow, wide box canyon so I think that and the late autumn season helped subdue the lighting just a bit. The sun worked a little to my favor because darker lighting may have meant less detail and transparency in the butterfly and a muted background.
I had just joined ViewBug under the free-trial subscription to see what it was all about. I switched from my tiny point and shoot camera to an older 12 megapixel Cannon Rebel that I hadn't been very motivated to use until ViewBug gave me the inspiration I needed. I think I had my 55-250 Cannon telephoto lens on at the time, but it was only set on a 55 focal length. I was an amateur and newbie to dslr's and so I am pretty sure at that time I had it set on full program mode.
Our hike wasn't showing me many photo opportunities. All of a sudden, a colorful butterfly seemed to float out of nowhere and settled on a large fading oak leaf. I. was so excited that the butterfly landed rather close to me. I quickly snapped a photo or two. Later I discovered that the leaves in the trees in the background created a lovely bokeh. It was a beginner's shot of chance.
I may have adjusted the lighting and color just a bit on my laptop's simple photo processing program, but I don't remember if I had discovered that software feature yet.
In my camera bag
I have come a long way since I first joined Viewbug. Other photographers have inspired me with their photos, articles and the comments left on people's photos, as well as the occasional photography-related chat with other VB members. About a year after joining and taking thousands of good, bad, and ugly photos, I had outgrown my old equipment. I upgraded to a Nikon D810. I usually have my 55-300mm Nikon telephoto with me. Lately, I have been photographing board, kite, and windsurfers at the ocean and I am loving my 150-600mm Tamron telephoto, aided by a sturdy tripod. I am currently experimenting with post-processing using Lightroom 6.
My capture was a lucky shot. I do, however, have advice for the beginning amateur photographer. Get out there and experiment, be creative and take lots of pictures. I have come a long way with upgraded equipment, more technical knowledge, and more experience, but one of my most-voted shots was when I first submitted photos to VB. I tend to learn the best by sometimes taking lots of not-so-great shots and then asking myself how I can do better and then apply those changes. I may not get so many "lucky shots" but I have much more confidence I am getting a decent" tougher to master" shot that I would have had no clue how to accomplish back in the beginning of my VB journey.

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