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Blue Moon

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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Hotel room in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Date: Aug 4, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2006

A butterfly from mexico that agreed to stay on my thumb. The lighting is from a hotel window and the background is actually my bathing suit. The grains on my thumb are sand...I was covered in sand the whole time I was there and didn't realize it was on me until after I took the shot. I could get rid of it, but I don't think it's really that distracting.

For people wondering what color the butterfly was...it was white. Boring white with a slightly pale-yellow tint. However it's antennae tips were bright seafoam-green, which I wish I had kept in the shot. The reason why I chose black and white instead of color was because my hand looked disgustingly pink when I tried to up the color. Thank you for all the comments, I am happy with how this one did in the challenge; not bad considering how many entries there were!

Place: 243 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.8346
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.8762
Avg (non-participants): 5.6731
Views since voting: 1058
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 254
Comments: 18
Favorites: 4 (view)

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10/04/2006 06:45:07 AM
I love the tones and textures of this (except for the grid). I have to disagree with a lot of your commenters though -- I don't think the image would work near as well without the sand.

The eye is pulled to strong contrasts, first to the bright area of the wings against the deep black of the background, but then following the lines and textures of the wings and legs down to your thumb. Here my eye is pulled toward the dark area between light thumb and fingers -- but is kept from going in by the barrier line of sand that gently lifts my eyes back up to the butterfly. Intentional or not, the sand works for me.

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09/14/2006 05:26:17 PM
Critique Club Review:

I like the sharp defintion against the background. I have no idea what color this creature is, but it sure makes me want color in this shot. There definetly is some sort of pattern or grid across the image. Could be an artifact of a filter used in processing. Looks almost like a screen. I find the sand a little bit distracting, which would be more minimized in a color view. Littlegett's suggestion of only the butterfly in color is a great idea.

Focus, depth of field, lighting, brightness, and contrast are all very well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:36:28 PM
intersting textures...very nice! 10
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09/07/2006 04:03:25 PM
Very cute little guy. Don't know what the colours are like but might be better. Or maybe hand in b/w and the little friend in colour make him Pop! more.
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09/07/2006 01:41:04 PM
Wow, that's a gorgeous composition.
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09/05/2006 07:29:42 AM
I would realy like better clairity on the insect. seems a bit noisy as well.
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09/03/2006 08:22:04 PM
This is beautiful... i love it!
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09/03/2006 01:38:43 PM
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09/03/2006 05:41:15 AM
Lovely! But I have the feeling it's a tiny bit too much sharpened...
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09/02/2006 05:57:54 PM
Ironically, this otherwise great photo is ruined by its unnatural texture: there's this grid pattern all over it, which I'm guessing is a compression artifact. Your file is just over 100KB, but the limit for this challenge was 200KB, so you didn't need to compress nearly this much.
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09/02/2006 04:12:19 PM
Lovely capture - just a shame about the dirt on the thumb.
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09/02/2006 01:49:13 PM
Some thoughts:

-Pefect lighting
-Not sure I love the title... just mentioning that... not scoring down for it.
-I love the contrast of the moth against the black background.
-Score: 8
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09/02/2006 01:48:50 PM
Simple but very effective. I like the composition.
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09/02/2006 12:52:27 PM
Now how did you manage to pull this off? Tame moth? Very nice!!
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09/02/2006 09:03:41 AM
Love the texture and grain. NIce b/w conversion
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09/01/2006 11:08:50 AM
I dont like the glitter or dirt of whatever it is all over the hand. great job getting your subject to stay there though.
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09/01/2006 08:17:28 AM
A-MAZ-ing. Great composition, lighting, and I love the use of B&W. 10.
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09/01/2006 08:12:38 AM
Interesting title as I don't see many textures here - smooth fingers, smooth butterfly - the that's just my eye. It's a good photo but i'm just not sure about the title (didn't score you lower because of).
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