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In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

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Challenge: Book Titles III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Indoors
Date: Jan 21, 2012
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Emotive, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2012

I cut holes in black cloth and inserted the candles in it so it would look like they were floating in a 'sea of darkness'. Thus strengthening the symbology of light/butterflies giving hope to banish the darkness.

I shot another version with the face of the clock on the candle but the lighting was not as dramatic as this one - plus I think it best to keep it simple instead of cluttered.

Yes, both butterflies are real and alive. Once I finished the photo shoot I let them go.

I was inspired by In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez November 25 is The International Day Against Violence Towards Women. It commemorates the lives of the Mirabal sisters who were three ordinary women who opposed Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and, as a result, were killed by the dictator. It is also a day marked to remember those who have fallen victim to violence and to stop violence done to women.

***I did something similar back in 2004 [thumb]//limnersphere.deviantart.com/art/Hope-Lights-The-Flame-12239938[/thumb]. Looking back there are so many flaws that have now been improved in this latest version.

And if you have gotten down this far in reading and are curious what other book titles I thought of doing but could not get done due to resources and/or technicals:

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

Place: 29 out of 118
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Avg (commenters): 8.4286
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Avg (non-participants): 6.3729
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Votes: 122
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01/31/2012 03:05:45 PM
I really thought this would place higher, a very pretty image.
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01/31/2012 01:38:55 AM
This was one of my top 3. I will have to look out for that book.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2012 11:43:06 PM
Beautifully done.
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01/28/2012 09:24:36 PM
I love the tones and light in this magical creation.
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01/28/2012 02:21:29 AM
one of my top score for the challenge. Very nice composition
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01/27/2012 07:56:48 PM
One of my favs of the challenge. Nicely done.
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01/27/2012 01:29:49 PM
Very nice. This could certainly be used as a fantasy book cover.
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01/26/2012 08:55:28 PM
Haunting image...perfect title.
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01/23/2012 08:59:35 PM
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01/23/2012 04:51:58 PM
WOW, this is great. The lighting and the butterfly being positioned on the match head really adds to the over-all image. Great shot!
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