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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!
~Mariam Is Moi :D!
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sunnybunny1199 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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DFPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Very nicely done, keep up the inspirational work. 
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jmart2313 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
time is precious
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pjenz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous and vibrant :glomp:
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CeejayShadow Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
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
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner 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. =)
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CeejayShadow Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
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!
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner 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! =)
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CeejayShadow Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
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.
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CeejayShadow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
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!
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CeejayShadow Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
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!
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HalfBloodPrince71 Featured By Owner 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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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Photographer
Yes, this is with the 100mm 2.8L Macro, and the butterfly itself is completely untouched in post-processing, all I did was add the dark vignette at the edges. What you're seeing it from-the-camera detail for the butterfly and cement it was resting on. [It fluttered down to the sidewalk to 'recharge' with the sun, these butterflies are notoriously difficult to photograph in warm conditions.]
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DeathSith Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous
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xOtherViewx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured! [link]
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much, I'm honored. <3
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xOtherViewx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!:aww:
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   General Artist
Absolutely amazing capture!!! :heart:
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DudelRok Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, well I want to say that it's awesome you caught an image of something that was eluding you. That's really cool, and I wanna give you that praise. (I know how bug catching can be, believe that.)

...but I also want to say that while you did manage to capture your specimen, it looks like you did it because the thing was weak, sick or dying. Actually, it already looks rather dead. It appears as if Blue Morpho is stuck to the background much like the way one would if they were physically collecting butterflies.

I mean it's not a bad picture it's just... lifeless? X| You know how I am. I don't mean insult, here. I'm trying to be as nice about this as I can, even!
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TacoheadShark Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how to butterfly is so blue that some of it is purple! This is an amazing shot that shows massive detail of its massively beautiful wings. Great idea making the background black and white to refract all the blue in the wings! (comment 8/10)
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful shot.
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful butterfly. You have really done it justice in a great shot.

I used to know a man called Percy Verance. He never gave up!
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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MariCambero Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Photographer
OMG so Beautiful. i loveee it :D
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LawrenceCreation Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful photo! very well done! love it!

If you already have just ignore this but If you get a chance Please go vote for my "walk alone..." photo [link] Its the black and white photo of the man walking. Thank you!
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Chibisuke-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
You know, I just realized that a piece of the head or maybe its "eye" is blue if you look really carefull on the left. How absolutely stunning.
I'm so glad you didn't step on this one <3
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KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this photo the colors look well together and the concept is good!
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Viking-American Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Writer
I just read "All Quiet On The Western Front" and then I came across this in my mail box alerts and I almost had a heart attack. The shimmering, delicate blue and black satin edges are exactly what I pictured the blue butterfly in the book to look like. My god, this is wonderful.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Photographer
Ah, that was quite the read in school! The butterflies were highly symbolic in it as well. That's wonderful that the story was able to tie in so well with this photograph! Nothing like a personal experience to draw a closer connection with art. Thank you for your comment! =)
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Viking-American Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Writer
God, its a pleasure. You helped me so much to visualize it, just incredible.
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LoverOfAllJava Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! I love how the wings immediately draw the eye in! I can imagine how hard it must've been to capture the photo though! Good job, keep it up. :)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the comment! I wasn't expecting one so soon. =) The wings of the Blue Morpho are magnificent - and what you see of them is completely unaltered. I couldn't get over the array of colors - especially the splash of purple.
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LoverOfAllJava Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, your welcome! I saw the photo and I was like; I have to comment! That's amazing, the photo being raw! The purple is nice in contrast to the blue for sure!
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