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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 24-70mm EX F2.8 DG AF, Hoya 67mm U.V.
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-27 7:56
Viewed: 3236
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just another day out on the field. This time near at the Manitou river at Michael's Bay, Manitoulin Island. Ontario.

I had My daughter and son with me. It was Naomi's turn on the S5000. We came up to an area where these flowers were growing. They were about five feet tall in some areas. It was funny to watch Naomi taking pictures of the Monarchs as she would disappear and reappear.
I only had the 17-85mm on, I should have put the 100-300mm. It was hard to get up close as they would take off. Some, like this one who looked old, the colors were not as striking as the others allowed for some shots.
Figure this out, these Monarchs migrate from further North than Manitoulin Island, down to Mexico and some will return. Amazing.
I was looking for Dflies, nothing. I was surprised.

Hand held the 20D
17-85mm IS and 67mm Hoya U.V.
No flash, as I prefer the Natural light when I am working outdoors.
1/40 at F13
ISO 400
In photoshop elements 2, cropped the original for this composition, bright/cont and usm adjustments, frames and my name.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-27 8:03]

Hello Mike!
Very nice capture.Colors,DOF,3D effect,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-27 8:10]

May be one of the most photographed butterflies all around the world!
Very good shot!
Beautiful colors and sharpness!

very nice one Mike,
I like the composition, the fine details, the dof and the good pov, and what a nice frame you made, very good job,
gr. jaap

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-27 10:56]

Stunning work Mike! I like the composition a lot and the sharpness is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Mike, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-27 14:25]

This is great work Mike. Well exposed, good POV and well composed. Details are sharp and colors are good. I do not have any nits whatsoever. Well done & TFS!


Excellent shot. Even the pose of the butterfly is good.

Nicely captured Mike,
Brilliant POV, good DOF and colours. You must have a very steady hand to get the details so sharp at 1/40th. Well composed and nicely exposed.
Thanks for posting

Great shot Mike,
Nice composition, good sharpness and colors. Great DOF and POV. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-28 2:15]

Mike, these butterflies are very beautiful, and you did a great job.

Excellent sharpness and composition; great pov and dof. I like the bg too.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-28 3:25]

What a superb butterfly that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Mike.

Hello Mike, Perfectly exposed with sharp details and excellent DOF. Hard to believe you got this one at 1/40th and hand-held! Looks like this monarch has survived an attack or two..Very well composed, Great work!

Hello Mike

This b'fly must have been in a battle as it is missing some of its wing. Nice POV. It stands out nicely against the OOF BG. Good light and exposure. The wing colour is very dull on this one. Nice sharpness and clarity. No nits. Thanks.

Hello Mike,

this is a great composition. Wonderful picture. Beautiful Monarch Butterfly.

Salut Mike
Excellent photo, je pense que tu as utilise le stabillisateur de ton objectif pour avoir une aussi belle nettete à 1/40
Amicalement Christophe

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-28 8:14]
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Not known in Poland, not very colorfull but still great looking. Details and composition are perfect. I like its damaged wing - it looks like real life ;-)

Great shot Mike!
The POV and composition couldn't have been better, details are perfect and the colours and light really nice.

I like it very much.

Hello Mike!
This one is really perfect.Jogging butterfly on flower;)Sharpness,colors,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.very well done!Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-29 16:56]

Hello Mike, very nice composition and good control of exposure. The DOF has got everything in here and you have managed to get a nice clean BG. Very good all round. Well done.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-09-07 19:47]

Maghnifique macro. Très bon cadrage.

Perfectly fitted in your frame, superb sharpness (if I can take it from the screen...) and the combination with the flower, making beautiful colours, fantastic Mike ! !

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