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Chrysalis of Life
3rd PlaceChrysalis of Life
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: School Days: Biology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: Deck
Date: Feb 11, 2007
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5 seconds
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 10, 2007

This is a Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis on the morning that the butterfly emerged. This is the third in my Monarch Butterfly series, the first two being:

The Monarch Butterfly lays her eggs on a swan plant:
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The eggs hatch and we now have the caterpillar:
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The Chrisalys is hanging from a ceramic pot plant holder. The lighting is natural light and the coloured background comes from my sons paddling pool which is also on the deck. When I looked on the camera's LCD I thought this was an excellent image but now I see it on the "big screen" I see the reflection of my sons paddling pool in the water drop at the bottom as a big distratction. I couldn't reshoot as it was only a few minutes after I took this shot that the Butterfly emerged from the Chrysalis :(

Editing Steps:
Convert from RAW
* exposure -0.77
* Shadow contrast +25
* Hilight contrast -71
* Saturation +34
* Sharpness +25
Clone out sensor dust
Auto Levels
Brightness -5
Contrast +13
Rotate
Crop
Resize
USM
Save for web

Post Challenge:
Wow, a score over 7 and a ribbon to go with it! All week this was bouncing between 6.9 and 7.1 so I was never sure if I'd get the 7 or not! And another cool thing is that this image makes the front page for this lens!

Here's the original
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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 131
Avg (all users): 7.1244
Avg (commenters): 7.6522
Avg (participants): 6.7895
Avg (non-participants): 7.1925
Views since voting: 9535
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 225
Comments: 42
Favorites: 13 (view)


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AuthorThread
11/19/2009 07:52:35 PM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!

Message edited by author 2009-11-19 20:45:06.
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02/27/2007 03:00:01 PM
Originally posted by bood:

is it attached to someone's chin?!
Mother nature!

umm dude i think its ether on a pot or a balcony, otherwise a beutiful shot.
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02/25/2007 03:21:07 PM
Beautifully done, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/22/2007 08:26:29 AM
Great shot, very well done. Congrats
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02/22/2007 03:21:42 AM
is it attached to someone's chin?!
Mother nature!
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02/21/2007 08:41:46 PM
This is the only stage of the Monarch that I dont have. This is fabulous. Congrats on the yellow, I hope that I am lucky enough to see one someday as I have a lot of Milkweed plants on our 6 acres and I make sure they dont get cut down. This is the caterpillar's staple diet and too many farmers and people are cutting them down.

Beautiful shot!! I didnt even notice the reflection until I read your notes.
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02/21/2007 10:06:49 AM
It's a nice picture, but I have to agree with you about the distracting reflection. This past summer I raised some Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies. It's real interesting. Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2007-02-21 10:10:04.
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02/21/2007 09:00:14 AM
Very cool macro and fitting subject, congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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02/21/2007 08:10:01 AM
WOOHOO!!!! WAY TO GO GERRY!!!

What a great shot, and a perfect entry for this challenge. I have to laugh at how critical you are of yourself about the pool in the water drop, hehe!
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02/21/2007 03:58:22 AM
Big Congrats on the 7! such amazing detail and sharpness.
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02/21/2007 03:16:10 AM
Beautiful shot! Congrats!
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02/21/2007 03:07:29 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, well deserved!
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02/21/2007 02:52:44 AM
I wondered what the heck that reflection was... Didn't bother me in the least, but made me bloody curious, lol! Congrats on the yellow! Awesome stuff. (hmmm... I wonder if we could get a kiwi on the front page every week...)
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02/21/2007 02:20:54 AM
Congrats! This is an amazing image and something that I think a very great number of us have not seen for ourselves. Your Monarch Butterfly series is amazing, and even more awesome is that they are all challenge entries that have not been shoehorned in. Great job!!
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02/21/2007 01:09:07 AM
Great image,beautifull colors
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02/21/2007 12:39:09 AM
WoW what a great image. I didn't vote or look at all the shots in this challenge but if I did this would have been a 10.
Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/21/2007 12:20:11 AM
nice work teammate! I knew this one would do well!
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02/21/2007 12:12:00 AM
Beautiful colors and clarity. Congrats on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2007 05:35:35 PM
I don't know if I'm meant to be making out something important in the bottom drop of water? The support in the top right corner is abit intrusive, which knocks it down a bit.
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02/20/2007 12:04:09 PM
i like the way you havce the cocun in this photo, the water coming down is cool
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02/20/2007 09:30:03 AM
I'm not sure about the background here... I think I would have preferred something more natural looking. But it's such a great close up of a chrysalis! Nice!
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02/19/2007 09:09:33 PM
Neat shot.
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02/19/2007 09:04:56 PM
very good picture
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02/19/2007 12:23:37 PM
Stunning! 8
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02/18/2007 07:44:49 AM
Very relevant and absolutely beautiful!
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02/17/2007 04:54:55 PM
wow, what detail and color. Great eye.
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02/17/2007 02:06:51 PM
interesting - 9
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02/17/2007 11:17:01 AM
There you go...nice.
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02/16/2007 06:21:21 PM
What drew me to this is the brilliant colors. I can't stop looking at it!
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02/15/2007 07:42:55 PM
ohhh, ribbon fo sho.
Although I thought butterflies were in cacoons and moths were in crysali...oh well, whatever. 10
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02/15/2007 03:26:02 PM
Perfect. A wonder. Well chosen background colors enhance this subject.
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02/15/2007 03:12:01 PM
Wow! wat a beautiful shot,and effective background aswell. Wats on the reflection of the lowest drop? amazing shot. :0)
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02/15/2007 10:53:59 AM
Gorgeous clarity - really well done and a nice example for the challenge.
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02/15/2007 08:45:13 AM
Hmm, the potential of your subject. What will come out of this? Interesting colours.
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02/15/2007 04:30:33 AM
is that your computer screen reflected in the drop? looks very strange. besides that a very good macro
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02/14/2007 11:13:05 PM
The backgroud is a little overbright, to the point of distraction from the main subject.
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02/14/2007 05:36:35 PM
Wonderful capture.
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02/14/2007 09:46:57 AM
nice background
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02/14/2007 08:56:35 AM
Great detail and some pretty funky colors in the background. Thats probably my only complaint as it takes away from the colors you have working on the cocoon.
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02/14/2007 08:04:16 AM
nice shot. B+
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02/14/2007 02:29:33 AM
Lovely study - 9
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02/14/2007 01:16:27 AM
Wow. Bokeh so soft and subject so sharp. Amazing that you could do this without layers. Looks like a viceroy.
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