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Butterfly Heaven
MaryO


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Lucky 7 III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Aug 27, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Floral, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2010

7 butterflies in one shot is fun :-) I planted more flowers and bushes for them this year and it's paying off bigtime; when I walk into the yard on a nice day I am greeted by dozens and dozens of butterflies. Kind of magical.

For the record: 6 Tiger Swallowtails (5 light morph, 1 dark morph), 1 Monarch.

PP - slight rotation, cropped, 2nd layer (lightened, Gaussian blur, merged in multiply mode), increased saturation on everything but green, cloned out a few leaves on the far left, dodged shadowed butterflies, colored dark Tiger bluer on black part of wings, blurred some background more, resized, sharpened, added border.

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 94
Avg (all users): 6.1511
Avg (commenters): 6.7273
Avg (participants): 6.0196
Avg (non-participants): 6.2273
Views since voting: 923
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 139
Comments: 14
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09/06/2010 11:54:22 AM
Heh top 25!!! Nice going, Mary.
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09/06/2010 11:52:47 AM
This is a lovely shot and one of those I gave extra credit to for just being seven, not creating seven. Gorgeous depth of field and really pretty specimens! What a nice thing to come home to!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2010 09:02:16 PM
Beautiful image. This would make a wonderful wall print.
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09/02/2010 11:09:25 PM
nice timing, and good use of DOF
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09/02/2010 09:17:46 PM
it's amazing what you can do with some sugar water and some super glue - this makes a nice change from marbles and stuff 7
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09/02/2010 12:01:09 PM
Nice nature study with a bonus point for getting butterflies in flight.
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09/02/2010 03:26:26 AM
nice idea, might have been better if you could have faded out some of the green the butterflies get a little lost - I'd even be tempted to do a spot of selective desaturation but I bet you had to spend half your weeks life just waiting to get 7 of the blighters in shot.

Pretty amazing that all but one are in focus.
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08/31/2010 06:15:40 PM
Nice DoF.
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08/31/2010 10:29:48 AM
very well seen! I hope this will do well. Good luck
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08/31/2010 02:24:06 AM
Beautiful - and I would have to say very lucky to capture 7 butterflies.
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08/30/2010 06:39:14 PM
Very very nice. 8
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08/30/2010 03:46:01 PM
I guess this flower bush is THE place to be? Fun image. Love them flutterbyes.
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08/30/2010 01:54:24 PM
Well done! (not voting)
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08/30/2010 12:16:26 AM
Beautiful awesome capture!
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