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Metamorphosis: Newly Eclosed Monarch
3rd PlaceMetamorphosis: Newly Eclosed Monarch

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Exposed (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: home
Date: Oct 10, 2003
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2003

This was the caterpillar on the toothbrush in my macro submission. I was hoping to catch it coming out of the chrysalis, but it happened while I was asleep. Unfortunately, she also fell out and wasn't able to hang back up to dry her wings. One of them ended up being bent so she wasn't able to fly :(

Place: 3 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.7214
Avg (commenters): 7.8824
Avg (participants): 6.6027
Avg (non-participants): 6.8507
Views since voting: 3414
Votes: 140
Comments: 30
Favorites: 5 (view)

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10/23/2003 07:25:13 PM
Congratulations beautiful shot! I loved it then and I love it now:). Great shot
10/23/2003 12:05:39 AM
Congrats on the ribbon - this was one of my favorite shots in the challenge. Very well done... at least she lives on with your photo.
10/22/2003 07:31:39 PM
beautiful photo, indi! congratulations on a well deserved ribbon! you rock!
10/20/2003 11:00:13 AM
The butterfly really wanted to fly and actually fluttered around my room a few times. I fed it some apple juice and then left it in the yard hoping it would find a way to fly off. Unfortunately, we found its wings scattered on the ground the next day :( I think it was attacked by yellowjackets.
You can see in the picture where I had glued the chrysalis to the branch because it had fallen. I also had to break off the end of the stick because it kept wanting to climb to tip, and I couldn't get the chrysalis in the shot.
I have some shots of it with better lighting on the wings and a totally black background. This one just had more detail. the wings and body don't show up as well on a black background ;P
Thanks for the votes and comments! It actually took longer than normal to eclose ... which was good because the perfect challenge came along.
10/20/2003 07:55:09 AM
congrats on the ribbon
10/20/2003 04:49:49 AM
Conratulations Indi. What did you do with the butterfly afterwards?
10/20/2003 03:39:30 AM
I also missed the eclosion of the caterpilars form the off-center challenge. They turned out to be huge ugly moths and became the farorite prays for the neighborhood's cats.
Nicely composed image. congratulations

10/20/2003 02:17:22 AM
Meant to comment during the challenge but I started with my lower votes first and missed it! Excellent capture of a beautiful subject.

Well done! What's happened to the butterfly now? Is she a pet or can she not feed? What a shame...
10/20/2003 01:56:08 AM
Another ribbon, YAY! Good job, bebe!! :)
10/20/2003 01:12:39 AM
Image renversante et ruban bien mérité !
10/20/2003 12:08:03 AM
Great shot, well deserved Ribbon. Congrats.
10/20/2003 12:05:24 AM
Congrats on third place, a wonderful shot. Sorry to hear of the poor butterfly's misfortune.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2003 10:35:52 PM
Maybe the winner! 10
10/18/2003 07:31:36 PM
That monarch is beautiful! I hope you got to watch the process happen right before snapping this picture. Lighting is good, composition is good. Nice idea for the challenge.
10/17/2003 03:55:03 PM
Nice focusing job and what an interesting and beautiful subject!
10/17/2003 03:05:41 PM
Beautiful shot of life newly exposed to the world. Great all round.
10/17/2003 12:34:02 AM
This is beautiful but looks too staged. Gorgeous colors though :)
10/16/2003 09:31:47 AM
Great shot..l Love the position of the butterfly and the angle of the shot.. border also works well with this shot..nice work! 9
10/14/2003 10:20:53 PM
Nice bug shot. End of stem on which butterfly is sitting seems overexposed. Nice idea, but I'm afraid you're going to get some "Not another bug shot" comments.
10/14/2003 08:10:54 PM
Beautiful work :) I would love to see a tad more light on the facing side of the butterfly, but this shot is still amazing :)
10/14/2003 12:12:39 AM
You have a beauty here. This is the best one in the group in my mind. Nice light, great color and the focus is right on. I give it a 10.
10/13/2003 10:23:53 PM
A Monarch Butterfly, my favorite. We did this one year at the Science Center where I worked and it was an amazing thing to watch. Did you get to see it come out?

The colors are wonderful, the cropping is wonderful and having the cocoon in the shot, knowing that HUGE butterfly came out of that tiny little vessle is so well done. I am having a hard time finding fault with this shot at all. My 6th 10 this challenge, well done.
10/13/2003 09:42:27 PM
Too dark
10/13/2003 01:44:20 PM
I love these shots on the wildlife programs. A pity you did not get there whilst it was still filling its wings out.

Well lit and composed all the same.
10/13/2003 12:43:28 PM
nice capture - always hard to believe they could emerge from such a tiny container...a little dark on the butterfly wings but overall a good response to challenge
10/13/2003 12:21:29 PM
Nice photo, I wish the colors were a little more vivid, with the light coming through the wings more or something similar. Just a bit darker than I like. The butterfly and the broken cocoon tell a story and fit the challenge well. 6
10/13/2003 11:06:38 AM
Nice photo. Wee bit dark [on the butterfly] but I love the aperture you used. This is very fitting to the challenge. Nice job.
10/13/2003 09:54:07 AM
WOW is the first feeling that caught me! Brilliant shot! Congrats!
10/13/2003 07:33:58 AM
Good Points: idea is great as is composition
Bad Points:too dark for such a colourful subject, a turn would make it a bit more interesting
10/13/2003 02:18:53 AM
beautiful macro...excellent color, very crisp and clear...fantastic! A 10

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