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Butterfly Sunshine – Revisited and Reworked

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may recall a post from July called Butterfly Sunshine (you can see it here). It’s a photo I already liked, but felt I could take in a somewhat different direction and still have an appealing image. So here it is, revisited and reworked. Which version do you prefer? Please leave your comments below.

"Butterfly Sunshine (reworked)" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Sunshine (reworked)” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm
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Butterfly Sunshine

What would a butterfly quote, on looking in the mirror? It would say, “the adventure was worth it!”
— Manali Oak

As promised, here’s the last of the three butterfly shots I unexpectedly came upon a few evenings back. Like the photos in the last two posts, it’s a significant crop of the original image. In fact, you might notice it looks a whole lot like yesterday’s composition, altered at capture by 1/200th of a second and a ray of sunlight. I like the rich yellow — dare I say buttery — backdrop created at this exposure by the yellow flowers under heavy bokeh/shallow depth of field.

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"Butterfly Sunshine" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Sunshine” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

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Butterfly Glow

“Butterflies are not insects,’ Captain John Sterling said soberly. ‘They are self-propelled flowers.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

I really like the glow of pastel colors going on in the bokeh (the out of focus background) in this shot. At the time, it was not my intent to photograph butterflies; the butterfly blog posts are the result of seeing something unexpected and aiming the camera before the moment — and the opportunity — fluttered away. I didn’t have the ideal lens for the shooting conditions; some pretty significant cropping occurred in the final images. But, as they say, sometimes the best camera for the job is the one you have on hand. I set my aperture wide open to intentionally drop the ugly background that was in frame, creating an interesting backdrop instead.

If you’ve liked the last two butterfly posts, please visit again tomorrow for a final fluttering photo. And it’s a good thing it’s the last – there’s surprisingly few interesting/intriguing butterfly quotes out there to go with them.

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"Butterfly Glow" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/800 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Glow” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/800 sec., 85mm
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Butterfly Shadows

This post is dedicated to the memory and talent of Cory Monteith.

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

What are your thoughts on this image? I lightened it up several times, but kept going back to the darker version.

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"Butterfly Shadows" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/2.0 at 1/400 sec., 85mm

“Butterfly Shadows” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/2.0 at 1/400 sec., 85mm
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