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Princess Swallowtail
Princess Swallowtail
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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Oct 19, 2006
Aperture: F9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

Thanks for the comments everyone :)

Found a caterpillar a few months ago. Put it in large jar with some dill and a branch and it turned into a chrysalis a few days later. I was lucky to watch that process, as it was wiggling out of the caterpillar skin, it was quite amazing. Was setting up to take a photo, came back 5min later and the process had already started. Keeping it inside, perhaps the warmer temps confused it and a butterfly emerged ealier than it should? what a surprise it was one evening when I came in after work and a beautiful butterfly was in the jar. I had a double take. Was very gently in handling the pretty insect and managed to get it to land on the flower and take those pics that evening, and that was it, no reshoots. It was let go a few days later after the winds subsided and the weather was warmer.

I decided to go with this crop because the background I thought was better for the challenge ;) and there was more detail in the body. Perhaps I should've cropped the top to the point of the wing as well. Some shiny purple wrapping paper was used for the background. Do have a version with a different background, but will try to post that one later.

Under advanced rules I would've liked to darken the top right tip of the wing, it's reflecting too much of the light.

Here's a full wing outtake:
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Statistics
Place: 18 out of 440
Avg (all users): 6.4086
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 6.3431
Avg (non-participants): 6.4718
Views since voting: 2129
Views during voting: 438
Votes: 279
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/03/2006 02:22:10 PM
Very good shot. Congrats on your high finish!
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11/01/2006 05:28:19 PM
Very well done and cool composition. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 08:29:06 PM
Butterfly certainly stands out from this background!
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10/31/2006 04:44:21 AM
not my kind of shot, i appreciate the sharpness though. well done!
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10/28/2006 11:57:47 PM
Awesome crop and textures here.....
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10/27/2006 08:31:37 PM
Wow! Beautiful shot and fantastic color! Perfect for the challenge
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10/27/2006 03:26:15 PM
ahhhh, so pretty. The colors are wonderful. I really like the detail in the wings and the background does indeed enhance the subject matter! Nice image.
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10/27/2006 02:28:29 PM
Pink bokeh, very nice! The clarity on the butterfly's wings is excellent. ~7
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10/27/2006 10:12:45 AM
is this real or made of silk? excellent colors and nice bokeh. would be a winner if the hole swallowtail was included
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10/27/2006 04:35:13 AM
Magnificent! 10
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10/26/2006 11:39:22 PM
Beautiful subject. Perfect lighting. Nice use of Bokeh. I vote a 9.
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10/26/2006 11:29:10 AM
Dang butterflies. They are just strong in this challenge. Great detail on the bug and the background color is a nice contrast. I think your background patterns add well to the forefront image. Nice capture.
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10/26/2006 03:10:34 AM
Nice shot but a little oversharp
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10/26/2006 12:06:11 AM
NICE!
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10/25/2006 10:51:16 PM
YAY finally some Bokeh 10!
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10/25/2006 06:59:14 PM
the crop is too close - you lost her full wingspan.
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10/25/2006 02:03:28 PM
Good bokeh. I would prefer to see the entire butterfly or a macro of the head. Cut off wings doesn't work for me in butterflies or birds.
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10/25/2006 11:02:50 AM
This is beautiful, great bokeh!
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10/25/2006 06:11:47 AM
a winner...must be top 10...amazing colour and composition...superb 9
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10/25/2006 04:39:21 AM
Beautiful
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10/25/2006 01:50:46 AM
Fantastic technical quality, incredible focus, great color, amazing focus, tremendous bokeh support. Ribbon material if I ever saw it!
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10/25/2006 12:34:15 AM
pretty pinks! Beautiful image and great use of Bokeh!
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