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Look to the East, and the Dawn
Look to the East, and the Dawn

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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Sep 11, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2012

Totally fanciful title based on the way the Monarch seemed to be pointing. Love the bokeh and light here, and this MAY be one of the 8 Monarchs I watched grow from caterpillars to butterflies in my garden this summer. Magical experience. Made me even more fond of Monarchs :-)

PP - cropped, tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), reduced noise and merged in luminousity mode, white balance, slight color shift towards oranges, sharpened, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, added border.

Place: 12 out of 108
Avg (all users): 6.6200
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.7000
Avg (non-participants): 6.5400
Views since voting: 680
Views during voting: 220
Votes: 100
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/24/2012 05:07:34 PM
This was one of my favs of the challenge; beautiful lighting and bokeh. Your images are always beautiful.
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09/24/2012 02:49:52 PM
I really like how you handle macros. You bring life to them, which is rare at dpc.
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09/24/2012 03:30:08 AM
This was one of my top two and I gave you a 9. I think it is just lovely.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2012 10:44:19 PM
Pretty! The bokeh is so beautiful.
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09/23/2012 10:42:14 PM
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09/23/2012 08:41:13 PM
Beautiful - both subject and background.
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09/22/2012 11:29:30 PM
I love the light here - bokeh is beautiful and how cool to see the flower through the wings. Not so crazy about the stem on the diagonal in the upper right corner, but still a top pick. 9 Voted earlier.
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09/21/2012 09:46:17 PM
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09/20/2012 01:47:42 AM
Very Painterly looking
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09/18/2012 04:21:12 PM
Great composition, beautiful tones in the background.
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09/17/2012 03:08:59 PM
i can almost feel the warmth of the scene
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09/17/2012 02:34:27 AM
On first sighting a lovely image but your compression ratio has let it down I think. Also the antennae are very crinkled and the wings frayed and dishevelled so it leads me to believe the BF is a dead specimen, bolstered by the one errant lone foreleg grasping at the sky and not a purchase point on the plant. The "Bokeh" is very pretty.
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