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Flower Power

I love taking nature photos. This one was a bit of an unexpected find:

ISO 800 50mm f/16 1/250sec

Unexpected for two reasons. The first is that it was taken in a cemetery, though you’d never know it from this photo. The second is that it was taken with my 50mm lens. I was able to get that close without the butterfly flying away.

The original file is this one:

ISO 800 50mm f/16 1/250sec

I chose this file to work with because I thought the exposure was pretty much perfect. I liked the amount of detail in both the butterfly and the flower it is sitting on. I also loved the summery colors in this image, what can I say, this winter just seemed to drag its feet on the way out this year. I cropped the photo and then the biggest edit was to remove the blade of grass that was just to the left of the flower, I found it pretty distracting. I used the healing tool in Lightroom for the removal. Β I have also boosted the luminance and clarity and added a vignette.

What do you think of the edit? Have you ever come across a nature image in an unexpected place? Feel free to comment below.


Added to Wandering Wednesday and Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Picfair version is here.


29 thoughts on “Flower Power

  1. amazing shot. I don’t have macro lens, so my ‘macros’ are literally getting into insect’s face. and with butterflies, I didn’t have much luck.


  2. I appreciate your light touch in editing.  (Sometimes photographers act like a kid in a candy store, grabbing every “artistic” special effect their software offers.)  While flamboyant manipulations do work well for some images, subtle things like removing the distracting blade of grass tend to work better.  It is so much harder to ignore distractions when viewing a photo than when actually experiencing the scene!


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  4. This is the photo I loved so much from Instagram. The butterfly is so amazing, just sitting there on the flower, very striking. There is something about the composition of this photo that really captured me. Maybe it’s a feeling of enchantment about butterflies? This time of year I’m sometimes seeing one, or a pair, of monarchs floating along above our trees or across the yard. It feels magical, odd though that sounds to write. πŸ™‚


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