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Challenge: Environmental Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People (color)
Camera: Sony Alpha A580
Lens: Konica Minolta 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Nebraska
Date: Jan 13, 2014
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 1600, 1600
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2014


[Jan. 21st, 2014 10:47:02 PM]

I feel a need to explain a bit.

This worker was releasing blue morpho butterflies in a butterfly pavilion. Butterflies do not often open their wings when they are sitting, so it is easy to pick them up this way and that is the way he has been trained to do it, gently lifting them out of the box in which he has transported them from the room where they emerge from their chrysalis and tossing them into the air in their new tropical space. They took flight immediately, seeking a tree or leaf or flower or slice of orange in a feeder and landing.

In the winter, the pavilion is only open for about 20 minutes every hour. I was there the entire time, trying to get some good shots of these and other flying beauties as well as of the worker as he talked to visitors, especially the children, about them. As the last people were leaving, I asked if he would pose. He said sure - most of the shots were, as you might expect, dreadfully stilted and quite disappointing despite his engaging smile. But I had my burst mode on and was lucky enough to catch this one moment of fun - the only time he did this.

I decided to take a chance on it in this challenge, not at all sure how it would be received as knew some would think he was hurting the creature. Itís an hour and a half until roll-over, and Iím very pleased with the score and especially the comments. Iím now hoping for the front page and maybe even an HM in a challenge with many, many excellent environmental portraits.

Oh well, just missed top ten. Still a very satisfying finish in a quality challenge. Thanks again for all the great comments, guys.


Statistics
Place: 11 out of 78
Avg (all users): 6.5044
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.3235
Avg (non-participants): 6.5823
Views since voting: 649
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 113
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0


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01/23/2014 12:09:59 PM
Good finish Nikki.
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01/22/2014 11:00:53 PM
This is an excellent shot, Nikki -- one of my favorites of the challenge.
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01/22/2014 10:17:33 AM
Great finish, Nikki!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2014 11:21:35 PM
A happy guy..
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01/21/2014 10:03:22 PM
Clever indeed!
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01/21/2014 09:48:46 PM
the strange use of a butterfly is compelling and disturbing. I like it.
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01/21/2014 08:10:25 PM
LOVE this. My second favorite of the challenge, although the yellows are a bit oversaturated for me
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01/21/2014 07:49:36 PM
Nicely done in getting his personality to shine through.
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01/21/2014 04:58:57 PM
That's pretty cool.
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01/20/2014 08:39:37 PM
What a original cool idea and done very well!
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01/19/2014 05:16:23 PM
Effective
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01/19/2014 02:10:39 AM
Love it! Creative and well executed. That poor butterfly!
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01/16/2014 05:04:48 PM
excellent idea!
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01/16/2014 12:25:01 PM
Very fun!!
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01/15/2014 01:07:51 AM
What fun and perfectly exposed/composed
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01/15/2014 12:35:57 AM
Looks like a winner.
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01/15/2014 12:09:41 AM
Ha! Wonderful!!

I hope the "don't harm insects for a photo" people don't trash your score.


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