52-week photoproject – Week 36


Canon EOS 500D, 55-250 mm, 1/500 at f/5,6, -0,33 EV, 250 mm, ISO 400


  1. You did very well to get the butterfly in focus Petra. I know that you don't' have any control over the condition of the butterfly, but in this case as it wasn't great and you were relying on that to be the main subject of the shot then it spoilt the overall effect. Sorry about being hyper-critical again.

    1. Roy, thanks for your feedback, I agree with what you’ve written. A few weeks ago I read an article about shooting butterflies and one piece of advice given there was to throw away all the photos whose butterflies are damaged in a way because no one would like such photos except for those admiring the butterflies’ ability to fly with their damaged wings. You prove that opinion right… Yet I’ve chosen this photo because I liked the composition, colours and dark background, all of them making the capture somewhat unusual, I managed to have the eyes sharp which wasn’t a piece of cake and I thought the butterfly was too small and without any interesting colours or pattern to be appreciated anyway… Though the result may not be ideal, the process had been enriching.

  2. I do like your composition and depth of field. But for me the the success of the photo is the top of the plant focusing, the colour variation and more importantly the blank canvas of the black background.

    1. Linda, thank you, I’m pleased you like it. I was quite happy about many aspects of the photo so I decided on posting it regardless of the damaged wing. You’re right, this isn’t a perfect world we live in… yet we long to be overwhelmed by its beauty and perfection…

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