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An American Lady
An American Lady

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Oct 1, 2008
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Floral, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2009

2008 was sort of a year of butterflies for me, with tons of them appearing on my Butterfly bushes, including some I'd never seen before. This is one from October, when this beautifully colorful butterfly (also known as an American Painted Lady) arrived to brighten a fall day. This is not an incredibly original shot and I would have liked to have the tip of the one wing in the focal area, but I did get a lot of detail and color, I liked the rather dramatic light, she's looking right at me, and it is certainly one of my favorite shots from last year. It reminds me of the many hours I spent in front of the bush with the camera, chasing butterflies.

Must have had one of the extension tubes on but I don't remember which one ;-)

PP - cropped, levels, cloned out a few stray bright/dark spots where I didn't like them, dodged the butterfly, burnt a little on/around her eye and wing tip, blurred background more, shifted greens greener and desaturated a little, increased overall saturation, colored dead flowers purpley, resized, sharpened, blurred background again, added border.

Place: 174 out of 531
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Votes: 221
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 07:51:51 PM
amazing details and colors
nice composition to this also
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01/21/2009 01:59:50 PM
Lovely bokeh and nicely composed. Beautiful colors.
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01/19/2009 04:10:43 PM
Beautiful colors
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01/18/2009 08:15:04 PM
I might suggest adding just a touch more contrast, but the colors are rich and lovely!
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01/17/2009 10:53:54 AM
vibrant colours, nicely sharpened, nice DOF, well done
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01/17/2009 09:19:23 AM
so clear on the butterfly and the colors are quite vibrant...hope you list your pp
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01/17/2009 12:59:18 AM
stunning colours that really POP...excellent
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01/16/2009 10:44:18 PM
Beautiful colors and design on this creature. Nicely done. 8
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01/16/2009 09:55:55 AM
Excellent macro.....terrific colour & composition. My only niggling thing would be that I'd like to see just the teensiest bit more sharpness. Lovely image, nonetheless. 7
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01/16/2009 08:27:30 AM
lovely colors and light here - soft and delicate
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