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Monarch of the Thistle
Monarch of the Thistle

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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Canon
Location: Champaign, IL
Date: Aug 24, 2006
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200 sec
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2006

A monarch butterfly atop a thisle flower in a local park. Shot RAW and adjested prior to conversion. Applied USM, cropped, cloned out some distracting elements around the edges, and applied a contrast filter to adjust brightness and contrast.

Place: 242 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.8353
Avg (commenters): 6.7273
Avg (participants): 5.7374
Avg (non-participants): 6.2157
Views since voting: 795
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 249
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 10:31:59 PM
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09/07/2006 09:47:49 PM
cute capture, seems even though I have only been through a 1/3 I am getting a lot of similar shots. Not sure what to say about this, the forground bulb is very distracting for me. The flower and butterfly are nice, but the blub drawls my eye. The excape of background aids and hinders this iamge. Maybe a tighter crop as well.
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09/07/2006 12:17:50 PM
I think I'd prefer if the blurry thistle was out of the shot. Regardless, I still like the composition and the great colours and clarity that you've managed to capture here. Bumping up!
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09/05/2006 11:11:48 PM
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09/05/2006 08:29:45 AM
Presentation in this photo is clean and sharp. The butterfly and thistle really pop off the page because of the stark white background. Sharpness of focus shows all the lovely details of the Monarch and the thistle.
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09/03/2006 04:19:11 PM
Nice shot indeed, I would like to a different crop.
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09/02/2006 08:05:55 PM
The royal thistle is always a grand photographic subject - but add to it a Monarch and you have something unique. Very nice photo.
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09/02/2006 05:11:14 PM
The colors are very nice. I wonder if you could have cloned out the thistle that hasn't flowered yet? I think that would have improved the photo.
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09/01/2006 08:20:42 PM
Beautiful contrast of colors and background. A closer crop without the green pod would have been even better. Very nice.
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09/01/2006 03:37:53 PM
nice soft blue glow around the edges of this photo. its so subtle but i love it. great colors too.
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09/01/2006 08:59:51 AM
I like the simplicity of this shot, however I find the front bud somewhat distracting. 8 for now and a second look later
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