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'Iron Butterfly' Rejected Album Art idea #14
2nd Place'Iron Butterfly' Rejected Album Art idea #14
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Unrelatedness (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Photo Illustration
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: in my basement
Date: Sep 28, 2006
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2006

WOW! Thanks everyone! ... I was in sort of a slump so this feels like a great rebound. Set-Up: A brittle dead butterfly is not the most cooperative prop - I had this guy hanging from fishing line for much of this shoot (a pin through his body attached to fishing line that is), but the just wasn't giving me the right effect. Due to the fact that his body and legs were only partially there, I needed to hide this fact - hence the shadow covering the incomplete part. I ended up holding the pin by hand and cloning out the very tips of my fingers in the end - they might have actually been cropeed out -it's tought to tell.
LIGHT SET-UP: One flexible desk lamp, one directional utility lamp, and the flourscent light in my basement -this took me a while to get right - The more the light came from the side, the more dramatic - but I had to make sure the wings were well lit !
I had a smoke machine about a foot away and activated the button with my foot as I used the camera remote for the shutter (camera on tripod). The smoke mahine is probably the hardest to control for something like this where you just want a little steam :] ... I had a second tripod to hold the clip-on utility light and originally to hang the butterfly from. Anyway -I really liked the idea of using an iron and I really wanted to give the butterfly another shot - the shoot took about 1.5 hours to get it just right and the post was pretty simple compared to many entries. I love the RED RIBBON position - RIGHT in the CENTER of the page!
--PS: I found this butterfly serendiptitously on a sidewalk while shooting a photo for another photo contest - he was already dead and in perfect condition (til I got through with him) - But he's probably more famous than most monarchs so I don't feel too bad :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 134
Avg (all users): 7.0852
Avg (commenters): 8.4500
Avg (participants): 6.8226
Avg (non-participants): 7.2281
Views since voting: 15857
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 176
Comments: 50
Favorites: 32 (view)


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10/15/2006 12:36:51 PM
I got to be on stage with these guys in concert in 1969! This is hilarious!
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10/11/2006 09:51:22 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great set up, excellent outcome.
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10/11/2006 05:23:50 AM
This is a great shot. Your set up alone is worthy of a ribbon.
Congrats!
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10/11/2006 03:28:03 AM
I love this shot. While it makes no sense at all (LOL), I just love the softness and color of the butterfly against the steel muted colors of the iron. Would have gotten a 10 from me. Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/10/2006 06:11:06 PM
oh i love it!!
(^o^)

congratulations!
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10/10/2006 04:25:51 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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10/10/2006 09:48:43 AM
Wow! This is a really neat photo. Congrats on your ribbon!
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10/09/2006 09:37:44 PM
All I have to say is In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.....baby.

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10/09/2006 09:04:16 PM
Great shot, congrats.
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10/09/2006 05:33:22 PM
Clever and wwell done. Congratulations!
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10/09/2006 04:04:37 PM
congrats on your ribbon. well deserved. nice colours, cood comp and creative thinking.
now you just need to go one step further into extreme ironing
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10/09/2006 11:22:55 AM
"Great Job.", I agree with the last comment "Cool" idea with a hot subject.

Just like the band's title, it was suposed to show the juxtaposition of their diverse musical sounds or in life. This is a very emotive composition of two dissimilar objects. Like opposites attract and must exist. Color and almost desaturated iron. Definitely meets the challenge description. Is the monarch's name "Iron-ic"?

Butterflies are tough as Iron. This Monarch is "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" now.

Yes, It's October again. A great month for flying objects becoming winners. Is it? Remember "White-on-White", a year ago? #14 must be a lucky number, too.
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10/09/2006 11:13:20 AM
Cool idea. Congrats on your ribbon.
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10/09/2006 10:44:53 AM
Congrats Tate on a much deserved ribbon! That's quite an impressive comeback. Your image looks amazing on the front page!
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10/09/2006 07:49:54 AM
You certainly deserved this award with your lovely rich image. And I can remember the original LP covers too ;-)
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10/09/2006 03:48:54 AM
Congrats on another great placing for a really fine shot. Must be something about the name 'Davidson'. LOL. Now you are ahead of me ribbonwise. :) Keep up the great photos.
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10/09/2006 03:09:33 AM
Congrats. I like your lighting.
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10/09/2006 02:05:05 AM
congrats on the red ribbon...any chance of getting some comments about the image?
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10/09/2006 02:03:10 AM
Well done on your ribbon, I had a feeling that this would place well.
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10/09/2006 12:54:22 AM
Great shot - Congrats!!
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10/09/2006 12:34:49 AM
Super shot. Congratulations on the red.
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10/09/2006 12:28:44 AM
Congratulations Tate! Very nice work.
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10/09/2006 12:28:42 AM
Pegged this for a ribbon from the thumb. Congrats!
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10/09/2006 12:27:11 AM
Congratulations on your Red with this sizzling beauty!
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10/09/2006 12:25:35 AM
Grats! Was my highest pick in the challenge. Nice finish and extra kudos for actually meeting the challenge with your shot. Grats again!
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10/09/2006 12:18:18 AM
Congrats Tate on this wonderful shot.
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10/09/2006 12:11:58 AM
Congrats. Super shot!!
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10/09/2006 12:07:08 AM
Fabulous image! congrats!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/08/2006 11:53:20 PM
fun and an interesting combination. 7
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10/08/2006 10:00:32 PM
Excellent! Love the steam and the purple tone.
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10/08/2006 08:37:40 PM
Great composition. I vote a 9.
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10/08/2006 08:12:13 PM
Oh poor pretty baby! This is a good idea and well executed. Love the gray's, the steam and the splash of color. Delicate meets industrial. Back to bump to 8.
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10/06/2006 12:14:45 PM
Very well executed and great idea to boot. Really should be an album cover! Good luck - this should do very well.
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10/05/2006 09:14:28 PM
This probably would have done really well in the contrast challenge. I don't quite see the connection between the two, but the title sort of explains what you were thinking. Overall excellent image!
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10/04/2006 04:14:03 AM
Superb shot, brilliantly set up
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10/03/2006 05:59:43 PM
lol, nice. I hope no butterflies were, you know, blah blah blah...
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10/03/2006 01:23:23 PM
It tastes like burning.
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10/03/2006 12:12:17 PM
great combo, i really like it!
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10/03/2006 09:15:54 AM
Wonderful still life ! Beautiful tones and composition ! 10
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10/03/2006 05:26:08 AM
well done, good colors
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10/02/2006 05:58:05 PM
I think they should just hand you the ribbon now... :D Best shot I've seen in this challenge, hands down!
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10/02/2006 02:27:18 PM
My goodness, I hope no irons were killed in the making of this ;-)
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10/02/2006 11:54:37 AM
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida baby. Can almost smell the burning butterfly. Nice job!
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10/02/2006 06:40:11 AM
Great idea, your lighting and composition are superb! I like the steam. You didn't use a living butterfly here, didn't you? I just hope everyone knows who iron buttefly is/was...
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10/02/2006 05:45:18 AM
comic and nice image in may ways
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10/02/2006 01:03:11 AM
I like the steam... nice touch.
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10/02/2006 12:33:18 AM
wow! awesome image, love the purple tones against the yellow, great composition and hopefully a ribbon 9
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10/02/2006 12:29:54 AM
Very nice
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10/02/2006 12:25:13 AM
Very clever. I love this. (inna gadda davida, honey, don't you know that my heart is true)

Great imagination. 9
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10/02/2006 12:17:53 AM
The seam and lighting is wonderful.
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