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Delicate Wings

Delicate Wings
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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-16 4:37
Viewed: 817
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. One of the rooms in this Victorian greenhouse has been transformed into a butterfly habitat. Butterflies are hatched in cases and emerge when ready to live in a vast tropical forest enclosed by a glass dome. This particular butterfly seemed to have sustained some wing damage, although its ability seemed completely unaffected. I managed to grab this shot when it rested for a short time. The soft light from behind showed through the wings, exposing the patterns in an interesting way.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-16 6:01]

Hi Sandy,
Fabulous back lighting for this old butterfly, very damaged, indeed!
It seems transparent with a wonderful outline of the damaged wings!
Excellent exposure control and a good DOF!
A nice capture!

Francis Xavier

Hi Sandy,
A wonderful close up vith great POV, colours and lighting.TFS.


Hello Sandy,
Too bad about the leaf, the entire wing's symmetry would have been appreciated more. Yes indeed I see a lot of butterflies with damaged wings in our local farm. A fine butterfly macro. Best regards.

Hi Sandy,
Perfect focus with this one, f/7.1 seems very sufficient and has made the butterfly stand out well against the opaque looking glass. Nice subtle exposure here too, you were certainly in the right place at the right time. Impressive work.


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  • kss (149)
  • [2009-08-23 19:03]

amazing shot.colors are bright.sharpness change the quality of photo.

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