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Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Date: Oct 9, 2004
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 27, 2004

Taken at Santa Cruz, CA, at the very beginning of the fall migration arrivals (the monarchs migrate every fall from Canada). This one was sitting on a branch against the sky. Taken with Sigma 70-300mm APO.
The white lines on the butterfly are not from oversharpening, they were there to start with.. I think this butterfly wasn't too young.

Place: 140 out of 487
Avg (all users): 5.8300
Avg (commenters): 7.4545
Avg (participants): 5.7934
Avg (non-participants): 6.0588
Views since voting: 997
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 247
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 05:51:04 PM
Lovely composition and superb DOF. Great work.
11/07/2004 05:21:25 PM
Gorgeous colors and great blurred background. Good composition.
11/06/2004 10:07:43 AM
Nice clarity/dof/saturation/comp.
11/05/2004 08:02:15 PM
Beautiful colors, detail, and bg. The blue is sharp! Nice comp. Gave you a 9.
11/04/2004 10:25:43 PM
If I see one more butterfly i'm going to puke. poor composition and lighting
11/04/2004 01:16:55 PM
nice colors
11/04/2004 10:08:12 AM
Great DOF....well composed....very nice work.....
11/04/2004 07:25:16 AM
Nice photo. Enjoyed. Really like the blue against the orange, too bad there's some shadow on the wing.
11/03/2004 10:16:00 PM
great contrast. i like that the background is not one solid color.
11/03/2004 09:55:25 PM
Very nice and crisp. Wonderful colors. 8
11/02/2004 06:04:54 PM
You know a photo is great when it has been done so many times, and this one still stops you in your tracks.
11/02/2004 03:48:50 PM
This is one of the best butterfly pics I've seen.
I chased butterflies with my camera and know how extremly difficult it is and how fast they are, that is why I like this so much!
11/02/2004 03:31:11 PM
Very expressive colors... beautiful background.

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