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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Portland, OR
Date: Jun 16, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50th
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2006

A false malachite from a butterfly exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. Nearly no PP. Converted from RAW, did a bit of brightness/contrast, and then a number of USM passes at different strengths. resize, border, rotate 180 degrees, BAM.

Personally, I love it. I have hopes of a 7.0, but the whole do-you-need-round-circles-for-bokeh controversy might keep it down to a high 6.

POST: Wow! Thanks you guys. Sometimes you just fall in love with a shot. I had gone through about 100 butterfly shots in the RAW editor when this one came up. I instantly knew I had a shot. Sometimes you just get it. The difference in this one and the other shot I had was the extra color in the background. The lighter colors are actually people in the exhibit. Some kid had a nice orange shirt. Right place at the right time.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 432
Avg (all users): 7.1986
Avg (commenters): 8.5714
Avg (participants): 7.2098
Avg (non-participants): 7.1879
Views since voting: 28152
Views during voting: 513
Votes: 292
Comments: 105
Favorites: 54 (view)


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10/20/2006 12:57:46 PM
My little 6 yr. old daughter, Arianna, absolutely loves this picture. As soon as she saw it, her first words were, "Mommy, I love that butterfly!!!" Quickly followed by, "Why don't you take pictures like that?!!! ::sigh:: (Is she 18 yet?!!) Anyways, your phenomenal work is beyond inspiring!!!
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07/07/2006 01:07:48 PM
That butterfly has some amazing colors happening between the reds and the greens. I've been to a few different butterfly habitats and never come across anything like that.
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07/03/2006 09:35:19 PM
Lovely lady and excellent work! MMM
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07/03/2006 01:35:28 PM
ahhhh I see you made it to the exhibit at the Portland Zoo! Beautiful work there. So did you enjoy it?

Congrats on your blue, well deserved it is!
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07/02/2006 06:06:58 PM
Very nice Doc! Congratulations
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07/01/2006 12:48:26 PM
GLAD U RECEIVED FIRST PLACE.. HAVEN'T BEEN ON THE SITE FOR AWHILE.. THIS WAS MY ONLY VOTE..
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06/30/2006 06:24:28 PM
Congrats mate. Great colorwork.
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06/30/2006 07:46:39 AM
Congratulations Doc. I really like this one, I was the other butterfly that scored 14th. Though I liked mine alot, I liked this one much more. Its seems brighter, happier, and crisper. Executed very nicely with a beautiful Bokeh. Well deserving!
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06/30/2006 03:38:43 AM
Hey Doc,

this is wonderful.
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06/29/2006 09:51:54 PM
Great shot. Love the sharpness!
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06/29/2006 05:24:22 PM
Wow, very sharp for 1/50th. Congrats!
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06/29/2006 03:10:21 PM
Very well done Jason, great colours. congrats.
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06/29/2006 09:20:14 AM
Congrats on the blue! definetly one of my favorites ;)
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06/29/2006 12:38:01 AM
i have almost this same photo that I also took at the zoo in oregon. I loved that color with the leaves. yours is a little better.lol. nice shot
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06/28/2006 10:27:12 PM
very nice i like it alot great job
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06/28/2006 06:27:17 PM
A pretty sweet capture!
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06/28/2006 06:18:37 PM
Beautiful colors and nice composition. Congrats on your blue.
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06/28/2006 05:54:37 PM
Good going Jason! You nailed this challenge, keep it up.
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06/28/2006 05:12:14 PM
Congrats on the blue for very lovely greens!
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06/28/2006 04:04:03 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this beatiful image well placed in this challenge!
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06/28/2006 03:46:59 PM
Simply beautiful, congrats with your blue!
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06/28/2006 03:03:44 PM
Way to go Doc. Nice to see you at the top again... very well deserved... :)
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06/28/2006 02:45:55 PM
What a majestic profile pose you got from this little wonder. The white body and neon green really make this butterfly "soar" above the rest. Congrats on the blue ribbon and an image likely to be chosen as a favorite many times over.
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06/28/2006 02:33:21 PM
Jason, beautiful shot and congrats on yet another blue. Look forward to seeing your other two ribbons (or more) this year.
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06/28/2006 02:15:33 PM
Beautiful subject and colours, congrats!
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06/28/2006 02:07:35 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great shot!
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06/28/2006 01:14:45 PM
Congratulations. I love the clarity of the butterfly, and the green and purple colors in the background.
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06/28/2006 12:59:51 PM
Excellent! This struck me from the get-go! Congrats!
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06/28/2006 11:35:08 AM
Lovely photo Jason! Congrats on another DPC blue!
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06/28/2006 11:00:11 AM
Great shot
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06/28/2006 10:49:44 AM
excellent work both of you :-)
congratz !
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06/28/2006 10:11:28 AM
Congratulations!!! This was one of my top picks. Beautiful work!
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06/28/2006 09:27:10 AM
It looks like there is some kind of animal luring there behind waiting to catch that butterfly. But it isn't :-)
Great photo and congratulations on your ribbon.
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06/28/2006 09:01:23 AM
Very very very very very nice.
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06/28/2006 08:20:29 AM
you nailed it! great shot! hope you make this one into a print!

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06/28/2006 07:35:42 AM
Very pretty lady! And lovely bokeh to match.
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06/28/2006 07:29:50 AM
Excellent shot! Congratulations on your blue!
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06/28/2006 07:09:29 AM
great job, Doc!
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06/28/2006 06:57:35 AM
oooooooo lala love it
Beautiful shot

Congratulations on your blue ribbon
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06/28/2006 06:53:21 AM
woo-hoo another blue for you!!!! WTG doc!
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06/28/2006 06:36:11 AM
Beautiful shot, Doc - congrats! This is indeed one of those that simply just grabs you. Nice of you to shoot a live insect, too. ;-)
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06/28/2006 06:19:26 AM
Glad to see this won. It is an excellent rendition of bokeh, just like I had interpreted it for my ribbon-winning entry.
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06/28/2006 05:31:41 AM
Gorgeous image. Knew it would win! Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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06/28/2006 04:55:35 AM
Congrats dude, damn you for catching up to me though in the ribbon race, I need to step up my game to get ahead of you again :)
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06/28/2006 04:41:07 AM
This shot is terrific! Congrats on your win ...beautiful.
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06/28/2006 04:27:23 AM
We are not worthy! Great shot Doc.
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06/28/2006 04:18:12 AM
A Lovely Image so pretty
Congratulations on you Ribbon
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06/28/2006 02:39:27 AM
Ah, is that how you get great butterfly pics...an exhibit. And here I thought you just waited for him to come to you and sit so pretty on that leaf!

Good job, it was one of my favs for this challenge.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 02:39:52.
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06/28/2006 02:26:03 AM
Congrats on a great finish.
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06/28/2006 02:05:19 AM
brilliant! congratulations
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06/28/2006 01:39:10 AM
Congratulations, very deserving of the blue.
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06/28/2006 01:03:21 AM
Very fine shot. Congrats on another blue.
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06/28/2006 12:40:09 AM
this one is superb! well deserving out of soo many entries. congrats!
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06/28/2006 12:29:50 AM
Congratulations...this was my top pick, so a deserved win for you.
From your neighbour on the third place podium!
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06/28/2006 12:28:25 AM
Way to go DoC! but I see no round circles so you only get a lower case "congratulations" from me. ;-)
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06/28/2006 12:27:08 AM
Quite magical, and a well deserved winner thats for sure..... CONGRATULATIONS Doc, well done, to be first out of 430 entries.....
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06/28/2006 12:21:47 AM
Congrats! I didn't even see this one, but it's a beaut!
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06/28/2006 12:20:24 AM
Great shot DR! I love it........ this is why your are on my favorites list. Keep up the good work and congratulations!

Brimac
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06/28/2006 12:20:20 AM
whht do ya say what do ya say, there bud. looks like those fingers being crossed helped a lot. great job on such a beautiful image. what great clarity. have a great day celebrating this well deserved win.:)
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06/28/2006 12:19:12 AM
Congrats Doc! I guess you figured out what bokeh was. :-P
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06/28/2006 12:18:35 AM
I see no circles. DNMC! :P

Congrats.
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06/28/2006 12:16:06 AM
BEAUtiful! I didnt get a chance to vote on all the photos, did miss this one. A wonderful shot really! Congratulations on the blue, but taking a shot like this should be just enough gratification as it is :)
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06/28/2006 12:14:03 AM
Way to go, Doc!! Nice job and grats on the blue! :)
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06/28/2006 12:13:32 AM
Congratulations. She definitely deserved the blue.
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06/28/2006 12:12:38 AM
Aha! Alas! We both get to share front page! Congrats Doc.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 10:23:29 PM
Beautiful pic. One of my tops, great color, dof, bokeh and composition. The focuse is tack sharp on that little lady.
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06/27/2006 05:17:30 PM
I love the greens. Upgrading you to a 9.
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06/27/2006 01:17:41 AM
Outstanding macro. The details are tack sharp. The background is pure and the bokeh is a wonderful sight to look at. My eyes roam across the image and rests on the wings of the butterfly. good job ;)
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06/27/2006 01:02:05 AM
Great repetition of the brilliant greens.
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06/26/2006 03:32:59 PM
absolutely beautiful. if this is not in the top 10, it will be a shame.:) 10!
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06/26/2006 01:58:57 AM
Awesome shot. Very complimentary bokeh. This has my vote... well done!
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06/25/2006 01:17:33 AM
Gorgeous photo! Bokeh is great.
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06/24/2006 04:00:21 PM
nice color and detail
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06/24/2006 10:48:13 AM
Beautiful
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06/24/2006 07:36:55 AM
Stunning image. Love the butterfly... great sharpness and colors.
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06/24/2006 04:44:02 AM
Awesome colours on this butterfly. Just beautiful.
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06/23/2006 05:42:10 PM
The composition is not bad, could perhaps have tried for a more contrasting background instead of the green on green. Very nice bokeh which make this a pleasing, sligthly above average shot.
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06/23/2006 03:42:30 PM
good shot, you got it right
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06/23/2006 01:50:56 PM
Awesome macro and good bokeh! good luck ;)
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06/22/2006 09:30:59 PM
Love the colors
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06/22/2006 09:09:20 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Lovely colors, crisp detail, excellent subject and bokeh.
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06/22/2006 08:17:55 AM
gorgeous
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06/22/2006 08:04:52 AM
Absolutely beautiful. Excellent clarity.
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06/22/2006 07:15:04 AM
I like the green part that goes with the leaf
very nice one.8
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06/22/2006 12:03:45 AM
outstanding
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06/21/2006 10:19:38 PM
Easily one of the winners of this challenge. Great Color too.
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06/21/2006 09:12:58 PM
One of my picks for a ribbon. Everything about this is exceptional. Great work!
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06/21/2006 09:09:34 PM
Awesome colours
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06/21/2006 07:10:47 PM
how beautiful! love the colors and the crispness, 10
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06/21/2006 06:13:30 PM
Wow, this is fantastic. I see a ribbon coming your way! 10
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06/21/2006 05:23:33 PM
Gorgeous!!! WOW... 10 & Favorite
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06/21/2006 02:06:31 PM
Lovely butterfly. Nice that it is in perfect condition too. 9.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 12:24:22.
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06/21/2006 12:37:43 PM
Nice capture, good bokeh, good work!
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06/21/2006 12:21:58 PM
Great detail on a beautiful little butterfly!
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06/21/2006 10:39:44 AM
great capture
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06/21/2006 09:19:28 AM
Very nice shot. The butterfly is very tack sharp and the background works well with this.
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06/21/2006 09:06:43 AM
Perfect for the challenge. Love the springy green tones of it. Nice off centering with the use of negative space.
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06/21/2006 06:43:35 AM
stunning...wow, that's such amazing colour and crispness...9
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06/21/2006 02:49:40 AM
Meets challenge very well: "... take a photograph whose subject is enhanced by the bokeh of the background."
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06/21/2006 02:33:07 AM
"WOW" factor here, as I love this butterfly image so much as it really suits this challenge so well.....
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06/21/2006 01:30:51 AM
excellent photo..
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06/21/2006 01:19:04 AM
Memorable, very nice. You have to be happy with this one.
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06/21/2006 01:17:04 AM
great colours here .. very well done .. though perhaps cropping it more on the right and less on the left would have made it a little better
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06/21/2006 12:34:29 AM
Nice image. I really like it. 10
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06/21/2006 12:17:51 AM
Beautiful, Crisp and Really nice bokeh.9.
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