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First off, sorry for the sloppy montage yesterday Smile I'd taken those pics on the 11th of Feb and was gonna upload them that day so that evening I quickly resized them and chucked them together without any finesse. As it turned out I did NOT upload them until much later and I really should've REmontaged them. Anyway, that's all montage under the bridge now.

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Here's something from the 14th of Feb. This pretty little fella sat in different places long enough to be photographed. Which is more than I can say for this other butterfly called the Chocolate Pansy who can be a total pain in the...

...ANYWAY, back to Pretty Little Fella (yes, I don't know what it is). At one point, he perched on this twig highish up above me and I did a full zoom (29.2mm digital) and took several shots with different EV values.

It was in Program mode and I'd set the ISO to Auto so I don't know what ISO it was, but for this shot, the cam went for f4.0 at 1/250sec. I used an EV of +2 for this which rendered the sky (the background) almost white.

Processing-wise, I increased Lightness and Contrast and then made the background fully white. Next, spun it clockwise 90 degrees (to make it look like it was hanging from the branch) and cropped the left side to make it a neat square. I then added the borders (1px of grey followed by 49pxs of white).

Hope you like. Nice wings, huh???

A Smile

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Pretty Little Fella
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:26 Feb 2008 - 4:42 PM
Tags:Branch, Butterfly, Pretty, Wildlife / nature, Wings
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graceland
graceland  102378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 4:42 PM

Smashing ,Well done i like it

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newty1
newty1  8 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 - 4:44 PM

i really like this and think it works well against the white background and the simple frame
Andy Smile

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PLCimagery
PLCimagery e2 Member 877 forum postsPLCimagery vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 4:49 PM

SUPERB!!!

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 4:59 PM

Very nice post-processing on this image - very simple, elegant and effective. Hopefully you will get an identification of this before day's end. Reminds me of a monarch butterfly, but I'm no expert.
Anne

Last Modified By AnneWorner at 26 Feb 2008 - 5:00 PM

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84313 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 5:01 PM

A beautiful minimilist image. The details on the butterfly are brilliant!

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Artois
Artois  8405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 5:04 PM

I almost missed this in galllery. Glad I looked it is a lovely pic. White background highlights sharpness of pic.

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
26 Feb 2008 - 5:07 PM

very nicely done!!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 5:08 PM

A fantastic image! The detail is superb, and the simple presentation does it justice. Carol

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 5:23 PM

beautifully captured its so fine and effective I have posted a monarch butterfly too today but mine is not as simplistic and elegant as yours
I love this shot
mary

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 5:48 PM

This could be your best image, Love how you have just the butterfly on the stick, details are excellent-- A splendid image!

Jennnnn

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ESP
ESP  826 forum posts England
26 Feb 2008 - 5:48 PM

Simple ( well not to take ..lol ) ...maybe I mean uncluttered..Wink and very elegant ..beautifully taken and presented Smile

Sara

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 6:03 PM

Very simple but very effective. I like it

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GalleryGirl
26 Feb 2008 - 6:42 PM

Beautiful clear sharp shot.
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luxaeternam
26 Feb 2008 - 7:00 PM

Very well done. Now we know just how much work goes into a picture! And yes, nice wings.
Smile Lucy

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Dennis_Bromage
26 Feb 2008 - 7:02 PM

Donít normally look at this sort of thing as itís not something Iím into shooting myself but this jumped out at me and I have to say itís a great shot.

Nice one
Den

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
26 Feb 2008 - 8:00 PM

This is an absolute delight; elegant, simple and with lovely clarity. I love it!
Allie

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kitsch
kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 8:53 PM

spot on!
comp, colour & detail all very pleasing Smile

luuuurvly..........
Jo

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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 9:12 PM

Fantastic, Marvellous and generally superb!
Robin

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 - 11:50 PM

Stunning detail and lovely pose.. this is perfect against the white b/g it really makes madame butterfly 'pop'.... Karen Smile

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leons29
leons29  7 South Africa
27 Feb 2008 - 6:45 AM

Great to click 30 on such a stunning shot, well done
Leon

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DolphinLady
27 Feb 2008 - 8:51 AM

Wow...I'm speachless boyo.....for a change Wink
Perhaps I'll just say stupendous.
Hilary (*.*)x

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franken
franken e2 Member 123197 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2008 - 9:10 AM

Simply stunning!!


Ken

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2008 - 1:06 PM

This is fantastic....one of your best, for sure. I love the simple elegance of it, and the nice negative space, giving the butterfly center stage.

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User_Removed
27 Feb 2008 - 3:06 PM

excellent image. would look great enormous on the wall

di

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2008 - 7:59 PM

Hi Andrew,
This is the magic work i know you do. Delicate,subtle,brilliantly detailled and absolutely sublime.Brilliantly described too.take care,AnnSmile

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DolphinLady
27 Feb 2008 - 9:27 PM

OK...I can talk now, so I'm back.
This is so wonderful Andrew.
A work of art.
The simplicity of it just adds to it's beauty.
I love how you turned it, to make it look as if he's just hanging there.
Amazing detail & colours & the presentation is wonderful.
Good one boyo.
Hilary Winkx

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Brilane
Brilane  8 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 1:05 AM

A very clever piece of work, Andrew.
Brian

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 9:44 AM

Beautifully done! A good decision to rotate it, as it looks quite natural this way. The white background and simple border enhance it perfectly.
Roger

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 10:04 AM

Superb Andrew - one of your best. Super sharp against the white bg. Well worked.
Brian.

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 82011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 10:05 AM

...all the above......love the minimalist look you have given this

Dianna

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9890 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 10:11 AM

superb macro work Andrew wonderful colour and pin sharp detail I like the way the butterfly looks like it is doing pull ups
Neil

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 10:25 PM

An outstanding image Andrew, the quality is exceptional. This is one of your very best images. I think the butterfly you've captured is a type of monarch

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CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2008 - 10:37 PM

What can I say that hasn't already been said? I agree with Jennnn, I think this is probably your best image so far. A very strong image all round: clean, simple, uncluttered, well composed and beautifully presented. Nice one.

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
29 Feb 2008 - 7:43 AM

Beautiful catch, wonderful detail.

Nicky

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 8:04 AM

WOW...thanks for all the amazing comments, all Smile))

A.
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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 - 9:22 AM

First class Andrew, amazing detail .

Trish x

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 10:07 AM

The detail is amazing...beautiful work

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Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
29 Feb 2008 - 12:38 PM

Awesome glad to make it 50

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 - 1:50 PM

A lovely capture and presentation, A1,
Alan

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Dotrob
Dotrob  9 Wales
29 Feb 2008 - 2:07 PM

Super capture.
Dot

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2008 - 7:41 AM

Holy cow...THREE AWARDS!!!!!!

Thank you sooooooooo much Joline, Jennn, and Mo! I have NEVER received any award so far.

I haven't logged in for a while and what a surprise!

Andrew-grinning-like-a-madman

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 9:22 PM

Oh so delicate, no wonder you have so many awards Andrew!

Mike

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
17 Mar 2008 - 4:38 PM

Came back for another peek because I like this sooooo very much Smile
Allie

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