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Demise of a Butterfly
Demise of a Butterfly

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Challenge: The End (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Date: Aug 27, 2015
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2015

Yes, I've been following mantids around with my camera. I know not everyone likes to see them kill and eat, and I don't really, either, but if I save this butterfly she'll just catch another one.

Processed it sort of dark so the details won't gross as many people out. Also thought it suited the subject.

Just after I wrote this I checked on my mantids and found this one missing, and her compatriot on the other side of the bush being attacked by a Cardinal on the ground beneath her usual hunting spot. Saw him attacking another mantis a couple of days ago; guess he's developed a taste for them. Got another one a bit later today. Looks like the count is now Cardinal 4 - Mantids 0.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, Nik CEP (darken/lighten center, reflector efex), Nik SEP (film noir 3 tweaked), resized, Nik Sharpen, despeckle filter, blurred a bit of the foliage in the background more.

Place: 38 out of 74
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Votes: 61
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2015 11:10:08 PM
Grain is great.
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09/06/2015 11:09:12 PM
beautifully seen
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09/06/2015 09:48:37 AM
Such a dramatic ending. Yet so peaceful, in a way.
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