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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Mar 4, 2012, 10:02:58 PM
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Blue Morpho by Kendra-Paige Blue Morpho by Kendra-Paige
The nearly impossible to capture Blue Morpho. I have spent months trying to catch one of these with their wings open, and I finally did it! Apparently the trick is to go on cold days - because these beauties just flocked to the ground to sun themselves! Still had a few close their wings the instant I got ready to shoot. Jerks.

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Oh my! This is such a beau-ti-ful picture! I like butterflies, they are so beautiful, but this one is their king or queen! The colour is exactly the blue that is my favourite colour, what a coincidence. This is a wild one I suppose? Those do not live here in Holland I think, never saw one… It’s just amazing that he butterfly is sunning in a small spot, with black around it (background) and grey underneath it. Makes its colours even clearer and almost sparkling. Amazing photo of an amazing creature. How bit is it in real life? It looks pretty big though.
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Well , first of all I want to say that this looks adorable the butter fly looks adorable..It is so colourful..I don't mean colourful in different rainbow colours I mean in the blue colour it has all the levels of the blue colours they look adorable...I mean you chosed the right one to catch...The background you took the photograghy of the butterfly in is amazing . I just realized that the eyes are pretty C: ..Well done..You such good photograghy keep it up.The photo is almost sparkling..You should not stop taking photos of butterflies .. Keep it up :D!
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pjenz Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
gorgeous and vibrant :glomp:
OMG....I've just clicked download and I am even more in love with this photograph now (and the species of butterfly!). The detail you've captured is nothing short of incredible. The vignette you've applied in post is the perfect choice of simple method to draw attention to the subject and really makes it pop!

Pleeeeeease say you don't mind me having a go at this when I have some time? :D
Kendra-Paige Aug 1, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the kind words! It was really a challenge photographing this guy - but now I know the secret for future endeavors. You're more than welcome to use this as a reference, I'd love to see what you can do with it. =)
Ok,I'm committed - got it on a stick and I'm on my way to the Kodak shop to get a nice sized print to work off as a reference :D Price seems a bit steep but it's worth it!
Kendra-Paige Aug 13, 2012   Photographer
That's awesome news! I really can't wait to see what you do. I'm sorry it's costing you a bit, but I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end! =)
If it wouldn't have meant asking you to enable prints on the photo and waiting for deviant art to take three weeks to send it to me and THEN watch them give you a teeny tiny cut I'd have been more than happy to have paid you the 15.99 (the bugger quoted me 13.99 on the phone!)for an A2 copy of such a gorgeous photo! Would have rather had the money in your pocket that the Kodak shop after their service today :P

I just hope I don't end up mooning over it and deciding why paint it when I have it, lol. I need to investigate a canvas for it next as that butterfly painting I linked to was my first painting attempt and I did that on stretched watercolour paper - it'll be a new experience painting on canvas and I have no idea how much it costs. Hopefully the overall cost will help me focus on getting it done.

What's your stand on me enabling prints if I'm happy enough with it when I upload? I'm going to aim for as close a rendition as possible which obviously blurs the lines of IP a little more than using someone's photo for a loose reference :) Getting ahead of myself I know but I wouldn't want to upset you when you've been so gracious about allowing me to use it.
I'll be happy if I can do it more justice than my first Blue Morpho attempt but I'll try and do it proud! Thanks for the permission - now roll on the end of my degree so I get some free time!
I've painted one of these before: [link]

The reference photo I used really emphasised the metallic iridescent nature of that particular species and I found it incredibly difficult to paint (not that that's surprising as I have a habit of going at the deep-end and it was my first painting, lol). I was relatively proud of the result at the time but keep seeing flaws now when I look...

So, enough rambling :P If I wanted to have another go at some point, would you mind if I used this picture as a reference to paint from? The hues are so rich and the lighting in this shot emphases the iridescent interplay of colour rather than the metallic sheen the species I painted previously has, so I might have more luck with getting a good result - especially given that the size of your photo would allow me to go for a bigger canvas and more detail!
HalfBloodPrince71 Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one! 100mm macro? I came here to see what this lens could do... And I'm very impressed with what you're done with it! Did this require much post processing, or are the sharpness and colour natural to the lens?
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