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Whispered Flight
Whispered Flight

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Challenge: Stopped Motion II (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Aperture: F4.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2004

Photogrpher's Note:
All week I have been trying to think of something that was not cliched to photograph. Many ideas came to mind but none worked out to my satisfaction. Running out of time, I gave up and my wife and I decided to take a short mini-vacation to Victoria, BC. While there we visited a butterfly garden and the idea of catching a butterfly in flight appealed to me. MUCH harder to do than to dream of doing. Those little bug(ger)s are FAST. I did get this one. If voting was like the olympics (degree of difficulty X quality of picture) then maybe this will do okay in the voting. In any event we had fun. I am reminded by this experience what a marvelous instrument the human eye is. We can follow a butterfly in flight, record on our memory many of the fine details of the butterfly, and even draw them later. Try it with a camera and I am reminded what a poor instrument it really is. Hope you enjoy this one.

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Camera Data
Nikon D70
2004/09/17 14:26:33.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 48mm
Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1000 sec - F/4.8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 129 out of 170
Avg (all users): 4.9459
Avg (commenters): 5.6250
Avg (participants): 4.8558
Avg (non-participants): 5.0254
Views since voting: 666
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 222
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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09/30/2004 09:27:09 PM
Hi Charles,
Congratulations on being selected as my first critique for the Critique Club.

A very beautiful capture. Aside from the bit of bad luck with the ray of light blowing out the colour on the butterflies back. I really like how the flower stems surround your subject. If the butterflies colour had come out clean they would have been quite complimenting with the flower stems. I personally don't see any issues with the focus for you pic...but would suggest trying the AF-C (focus Mode) for shots like these. I would. I also wonder if some fill flash would have helped. When the chance arrives I will defiantly try for myself.

If you would like any further comments on any particular aspects of this photo please feel free to PM me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/26/2004 10:23:23 PM
Lovely, subtle image. Wish the butterfly was a little sharper, but nice capture of the moment. Title fits it perfectly.
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09/24/2004 09:36:12 AM
the idea of your photo is ok, but has some problems. Its a little overexposed...the colors on the butterfly are washed out. Also the background is not clean or contrasting..the butterfly red/orange and background also has red/yellow/orange and doesn't go well ...a more greener background will sure help
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09/22/2004 04:24:39 PM
A little soft and washed out. Good stop action.
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09/21/2004 11:40:00 AM
If the butterfly were just a bit more in focus and a little more closer this would have been a 9 or 10.
I do realize how tough this one is to get so I will give you a 7. At least your trying to be original and creative and not trying to copy a seagull shot.
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09/21/2004 01:30:09 AM
Nice shot. Looks like there's some glare on the wing (?), but really good work just the same.
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09/20/2004 11:24:12 PM
I'm sure you'll get some comments about the blinding spots on the back of the butterfly, but this was an incredibly difficult shot to get. You'll get a couple of extra points from me for managing such a difficult shot. Good luck with the challenge!
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09/20/2004 03:23:05 AM
Nice catch, but could use some more focus.
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09/20/2004 12:59:29 AM
what happened to the middle of the butterfly....looks like all the details are blown out.....an original shot though...don't see a butterfly midflight very often
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