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Pretty Little Fella

By ChiliMan
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.


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

Tags: Butterfly Pretty Branch Wings Wildlife and nature

Voters: graceland, newty1, PLCimagery and 53 more

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graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 4:42PM
Smashing ,Well done i like it

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newty1 12 3 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 4:44PM
i really like this and think it works well against the white background and the simple frame
Andy Smile
PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
26 Feb 2008 4:49PM
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
26 Feb 2008 4:59PM
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.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
26 Feb 2008 5:01PM
A beautiful minimilist image. The details on the butterfly are brilliant!
Artois 12 405 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 5:04PM
I almost missed this in galllery. Glad I looked it is a lovely pic. White background highlights sharpness of pic.
proz 13 205 United States
26 Feb 2008 5:07PM
very nicely done!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Feb 2008 5:08PM
A fantastic image! The detail is superb, and the simple presentation does it justice. Carol
MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 5:23PM
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
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Feb 2008 5:48PM
This could be your best image, Love how you have just the butterfly on the stick, details are excellent-- A splendid image!

ESP 11 26 England
26 Feb 2008 5:48PM
Simple ( well not to take ) ...maybe I mean uncluttered..Wink and very elegant ..beautifully taken and presented Smile

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
26 Feb 2008 6:03PM
Very simple but very effective. I like it
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 6:42PM
Beautiful clear sharp shot.
Marilyn x
luxaeternam 10 21 1
26 Feb 2008 7:00PM
Very well done. Now we know just how much work goes into a picture! And yes, nice wings.
Smile Lucy
Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 7:02PM
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
Possum 11 148 England
26 Feb 2008 8:00PM
This is an absolute delight; elegant, simple and with lovely clarity. I love it!
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 8:53PM
spot on!
comp, colour & detail all very pleasing Smile

RobinF 11 83 1 England
26 Feb 2008 9:12PM
Fantastic, Marvellous and generally superb!
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 11:50PM
Stunning detail and lovely pose.. this is perfect against the white b/g it really makes madame butterfly 'pop'.... Karen Smile
leons29 10 South Africa
27 Feb 2008 6:45AM
Great to click 30 on such a stunning shot, well done
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
27 Feb 2008 8:51AM
Wow...I'm speachless boyo.....for a change Wink
Perhaps I'll just say stupendous.
Hilary (*.*)x
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2008 9:10AM
Simply stunning!!

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
27 Feb 2008 1:06PM
This is of your best, for sure. I love the simple elegance of it, and the nice negative space, giving the butterfly center stage.
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2008 3:06PM
excellent image. would look great enormous on the wall

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
27 Feb 2008 7:59PM
Hi Andrew,
This is the magic work i know you do. Delicate,subtle,brilliantly detailled and absolutely sublime.Brilliantly described too.take care,AnnSmile
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
27 Feb 2008 9:27PM
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
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
28 Feb 2008 1:05AM
A very clever piece of work, Andrew.
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
28 Feb 2008 9:44AM
Beautifully done! A good decision to rotate it, as it looks quite natural this way. The white background and simple border enhance it perfectly.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Feb 2008 10:04AM
Superb Andrew - one of your best. Super sharp against the white bg. Well worked.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
28 Feb 2008 10:05AM
...all the the minimalist look you have given this

cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
28 Feb 2008 10:11AM
superb macro work Andrew wonderful colour and pin sharp detail I like the way the butterfly looks like it is doing pull ups
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Feb 2008 10:25PM
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
CaroleA 12 5 3 England
28 Feb 2008 10:37PM
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.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
29 Feb 2008 7:43AM
Beautiful catch, wonderful detail.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Feb 2008 8:04AM
WOW...thanks for all the amazing comments, all Smile))

trissie 11 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 9:22AM
First class Andrew, amazing detail .

Trish x
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
29 Feb 2008 10:07AM
The detail is amazing...beautiful work
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
29 Feb 2008 12:38PM
Awesome glad to make it 50
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 1:50PM
A lovely capture and presentation, A1,
Dotrob 12 Wales
29 Feb 2008 2:07PM
Super capture.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
5 Mar 2008 7:41AM
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!


6 Mar 2008 9:22PM
Oh so delicate, no wonder you have so many awards Andrew!

Possum 11 148 England
17 Mar 2008 4:38PM
Came back for another peek because I like this sooooo very much Smile

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