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Golden Butterfly

Golden Butterfly
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Copyright: Reid Stone (go2stones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 0 N: 389] (1279)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 10:34
Viewed: 2932
Points: 8
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I like this composition but I don't know why. Maybe it's a magic trick, a diversion. "Here, look at the old brown thing on the right while I hide the nice butterfly on the left." :-)

Experimenting: 1/800s F/14 because ISO-800. Is there too much noise in the background?


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-07-01 11:30]

selam reid;nice shot of this lovely skipper, good presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-01 12:52]
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Hello Reid,

I think this is your best image so far. I do like the composition and the colors are nice. You have a very nice background that makes the butterfly and flowers stand out. I do not think there is much noise especially for ISO 800.

The focus is good but I think you can get even sharper. I think it is good to experiment with the different ISO settings and apertures to see what your camera will do in different light situations.

In hindsight, I think if the conditions were cloudy for this photo, you would probably get best results at ISO 400 or, if really cloudy, ISO 800. But I would use wider aperture of about f8.0 instead of the f14.0. This will allow more light and possibly allow your camera to get sharper focus.

To help with the sharpness of your images, you do want to get the fastest shutter speeds that you can. But on this photo, your shutter speed of 1/800s was fast enough to produce a very sharp image. You could have possibly had a little camera shake. If you can get a monopod to steady the camera for shots like this, it may help you get sharper image.

I see each of your images improving and you should be proud of this one. I hope you will continue to take lots of photos and experiment. Best Wishes!


Absolutely beautiful composition! Beautiful!!!

Hi Reid,
Interesting composition, different. It does place your subject mostly within the rule of thirds. Good detail, color, and exposure, perhaps the focus could be better.

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