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Bokeh Butterfly
Bokeh Butterfly
Nelzie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Detroit Zoo - Butterfly Exhibit
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Just one of several attempts to capture a good image of the butterflies with a smooth bokeh in the image.

Cropped, Neatimage, Auto Contrast, Color and Levels. Voila.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.7621
Avg (commenters): 8.0667
Avg (participants): 6.8864
Avg (non-participants): 6.6423
Views since voting: 2403
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 269
Comments: 46
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/04/2006 05:58:51 PM

I'll bet you're wondering why your butterfly came in 6th and another butterfly came in first.

Your shot is composed very well. The square crop and main subject placement are very pleasing. As for the bokeh effect, there's not really any out of focus highlights, but then there wasn't any in the top finisher either.

There's not much to critique in this top 10 image. If I had to pick something that made a difference between this one and the top finisher it is the background. Yours a bit busy and fights for attention from the butterfly, albeit only slightly. The blade of grass coming in from the top is a bit on the over exposed side. I would have burned it down in the editing.

Other than that, congratulations on your top 10 finish, and your new personal best by a long shot!

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

David
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07/02/2006 06:09:24 PM
What a cool picture! Congrats on your top 10~
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06/28/2006 11:26:09 PM
Very nice!!! Congrats on the 6th!!
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06/28/2006 05:42:39 PM
Congratulations on your 6th place! Great shot!
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06/28/2006 04:20:27 PM
This is Stunning! Congrats on a top ten!
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06/28/2006 10:15:53 AM
Great capture - congrats on 6th place! Beautiful...
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06/28/2006 09:23:24 AM
Truly beautiful and my pick for one of the top 3. Congrats on your excellent placement.
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06/28/2006 06:35:20 AM
Thanks everyone.

This shot was really tough, as it was taken inside the Detroit Zoo's Butterfly Exhibit. It's hot in there and the Butterflies are zipping around like they have had to much caffeine..

Plus, there's lot's of people around at all times...

I took about 15 shots in there and this one came out the best.
06/28/2006 06:22:55 AM
Great Shot ,but I found Your background too messy.If it had been possible I think that you should have cut out the leaf going right across the picture which would have given your butterfly more space and the bright leaf coming into the frame from the top which I found very distracting.I know these things are not easy to do at the time but I always cary a small pair of scissors.
Congrats on top ten placing.
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06/28/2006 02:25:52 AM
Very nice composition here. I like the colours too.
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06/28/2006 02:16:16 AM
Heh, looks like you have a fan on the comment below. Congrats on the Top 10, sorry it just missed 5th! I saw this shot and thought it was quite good. Anytime I see a comparable shot to the one I enter I worry. This one had me worried a lot.
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06/28/2006 12:16:50 AM
AWWW...u should've been a winner!! No disrespect to Dr. Achoo, but your butterfly was so much better!! And I loved the bokeh background!! Congrats on your top ten!!

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 23:08:32.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 08:52:40 PM
I love the contrasting lines in the background. Adds a really dynamic element to the shot...
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06/27/2006 07:34:56 PM
very pure... love it..
06/27/2006 02:40:27 PM
There were quite a few flowers, bugs and butterflies in this challenge but I thought this one stood out. The contrast of colors, blue and green in the background and black red of the butterfly were very nice.
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06/26/2006 06:24:05 AM
Great Shot love the colours in the image. Well done
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06/26/2006 02:00:32 AM
Stunning capture - well done! Should place very high... :o)
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06/25/2006 10:47:30 PM
Gorgeous. The colors are very clean and rich on the butterfly. Bokeh is good.
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06/25/2006 10:47:10 PM
Really pretty colors, and just a hint of bokeh above the wing. Nice Job.
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06/25/2006 01:49:52 AM
Beautiful!
06/24/2006 07:21:27 PM
10... Very nice, clear sharp photo...
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06/24/2006 10:48:58 AM
Beautiful colors
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06/24/2006 07:22:27 AM
Beautiful butterfly and a nice and simple picture :o)
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06/24/2006 05:20:20 AM
Awesome colours and arrangment. Just beautiful.
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06/23/2006 02:15:29 PM
I like the OOF lines the blades of grass form, breaking up the solid color of the background and the colorful subject. 9
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06/23/2006 09:57:09 AM
Lost some detail on noise cleanup but nonetheless a nice image. Good luck in the challenge.
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06/23/2006 06:52:02 AM
Beautiful
06/23/2006 03:48:10 AM
Love it...soo good
06/22/2006 08:56:25 PM
Gorgeous colors, and great sharpness of the butterfly. Bump!
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06/22/2006 09:54:04 AM
This is beautiful in terms of the colours - but also quite stunning in terms of the long leaves. You did well on the DOF. It must have been fairly difficult to compose. 8.
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06/22/2006 09:31:04 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 9 on this shot. Lovely vibrant colors, crisp detail, nice subject and bokeh.
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06/21/2006 10:46:37 PM
How strikingly beautiful! Made me gasp! I think the background is perfect! 10
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06/21/2006 09:34:06 PM
Wow! Great color contrast. Beautiful focus and BOKEH.
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06/21/2006 08:19:52 PM
Color perfect Great shot.
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06/21/2006 05:46:37 PM
bokeh butterfly it is
nice colors
06/21/2006 03:59:58 PM
Very beautiful. Good luck!
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06/21/2006 01:08:05 PM
That white stroke at the top is very bright and becomes distracting - although it's pointed to the main subject. Otherwise quite nice.
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06/21/2006 11:29:32 AM
I love the soft feel of this shot. The colors work well together and your bokeh really makes your butterfly stand out so much more! Congrats..9 from me!
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06/21/2006 10:06:56 AM
great colors!
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06/21/2006 09:50:10 AM
Nice focus good color
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06/21/2006 09:07:50 AM
this is a really great macro. i know how hard these shots are to get. i do find the background a bit cluttered for this challenge though. good luck.
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06/21/2006 05:27:40 AM
that's brilliant...I predict a ribbon????
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06/21/2006 04:53:18 AM
Simply gorgeous. You really managed to capture the detail in this one. Excellent. 10
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06/21/2006 04:09:43 AM
ooo pretty
06/21/2006 12:48:03 AM
Lovely. One of the true bokeh images I've seen so far. Very pretty. The butterfly is tack sharp. Interesting combination of colors.
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06/21/2006 12:26:19 AM
Definatley the best on page two, with my first glance, re "Bokeh", and I am sure will do very well in this challenge.....
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