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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.

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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

Tags: Butterfly Pretty Branch Wings Wildlife and nature

Voters: graceland, newty1, PLCimagery and 53 more

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Comments


graceland 11 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 4:42PM
Smashing ,Well done i like it

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newty1 10 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 9 77 1 England
26 Feb 2008 4:49PM
SUPERB!!!
AnneWorner 8 620 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.
Anne
KarenFB Plus
10 4.6k 167 England
26 Feb 2008 5:01PM
A beautiful minimilist image. The details on the butterfly are brilliant!
Artois 10 405 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 11 205 United States
26 Feb 2008 5:07PM
very nicely done!!
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
26 Feb 2008 5:08PM
A fantastic image! The detail is superb, and the simple presentation does it justice. Carol
MaryMac 10 258 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
mary
taggart Plus
11 46 12 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!

Jennnnn
ESP 9 26 England
26 Feb 2008 5:48PM
Simple ( well not to take ..lol ) ...maybe I mean uncluttered..Wink and very elegant ..beautifully taken and presented Smile

Sara
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
26 Feb 2008 6:03PM
Very simple but very effective. I like it
GalleryGirl 8 4 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 6:42PM
Beautiful clear sharp shot.
Marilyn x
luxaeternam 8 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 8 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
Den
Possum 9 148 England
26 Feb 2008 8:00PM
This is an absolute delight; elegant, simple and with lovely clarity. I love it!
Allie
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 8:53PM
spot on!
comp, colour & detail all very pleasing Smile

luuuurvly..........
Jo
RobinF 9 83 1 England
26 Feb 2008 9:12PM
Fantastic, Marvellous and generally superb!
Robin
KKmoments 9 12 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
27 Feb 2008 6:45AM
Great to click 30 on such a stunning shot, well done
Leon
DolphinLady 10 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
13 3.9k 4 Wales
27 Feb 2008 9:10AM
Simply stunning!!


Ken
Joline Plus
9 27 53 United States
27 Feb 2008 1:06PM
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.
User_Removed 12 16 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2008 3:06PM
excellent image. would look great enormous on the wall

di
thorn 11 124 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 10 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 9 5 12 Wales
28 Feb 2008 1:05AM
A very clever piece of work, Andrew.
Brian
Rogerex 9 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.
Roger
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
28 Feb 2008 10:04AM
Superb Andrew - one of your best. Super sharp against the white bg. Well worked.
Brian.
Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
28 Feb 2008 10:05AM
...all the above......love the minimalist look you have given this

Dianna
cantona43 Plus
10 923 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
Neil
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 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 10 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 8 135 England
29 Feb 2008 7:43AM
Beautiful catch, wonderful detail.

Nicky
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
29 Feb 2008 8:04AM
WOW...thanks for all the amazing comments, all Smile))

A.
x
29 Feb 2008 9:22AM
First class Andrew, amazing detail .

Trish x
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
29 Feb 2008 10:07AM
The detail is amazing...beautiful work
Strobe 8 1.3k United States
29 Feb 2008 12:38PM
Awesome glad to make it 50
microchip 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 1:50PM
A lovely capture and presentation, A1,
Alan
Dotrob 10 Wales
29 Feb 2008 2:07PM
Super capture.
Dot
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 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!

Andrew-grinning-like-a-madman

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

Mike
Possum 9 148 England
17 Mar 2008 4:38PM
Came back for another peek because I like this sooooo very much Smile
Allie

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