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Ken Childs
06-17-2010, 07:16 AM
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS @ 400mm
Av mode
Canon 430EX: On, Fired
LR & CS3

One of my favorite butterfly/flower combos. It's too bad that butterflies don't nectar on these coneflowers much until they're wide open and usually a bit beat up or chewed on.

Julie Kenward
06-17-2010, 07:28 AM
You nailed that butterfly, Ken! Wow, what an awesome portrait of such an interesting bf! You're right - the flower is a bit beat up but it really does help keep the focus on the insect because of it's contrast. You might try adding a slight touch of deeper color to the leaves if you want to try but I like it as presented as well.

Allen Sparks
06-17-2010, 08:30 AM
Ken, wonderful clarity and great side view of this beauty! I don't mind the droopy flower as that is often what we see in nature. excellent background too.

Kaushik Balakumar
06-17-2010, 12:27 PM
Beautiful colours, details and sharpness. Perfect DOF and what a clean BG...

06-17-2010, 01:59 PM
Very nice composition, details and colors are superb, excellent BG. Dont mind about the flower. Awesome image!

Nick Palmieri
06-17-2010, 03:28 PM
Very nice. The detail in the BF is awesome!

Roman Kurywczak
06-17-2010, 09:09 PM
Hey Ken,
While I agree with Jules on a bit more color in the coneflower.....I like the fact it is beat up!.......makes the stunning BF the star....which it is! Sweet BG too!

sandy richards
06-17-2010, 10:31 PM
Ken, a Really nice butterfly and flower! It's true that the flower is past prime for the reasons Julie mentionned - a solution is to spray a sugar solution on a perfect flower - and "they will come."
Nice position, great colors, and good comp!


Vida van der Walt
06-18-2010, 01:47 PM
Beautiful image Ken! Sharpness, detail, colours, bg, comp, all perfect.:)

Dave Woeller
06-18-2010, 02:00 PM
I really like the way you've cropped this shot. Very inspiring image.

Paul Lagasi
06-18-2010, 04:52 PM
Very well captured, sharp, crystal clear image.... almost has an illustrated look to it

Anita Bower
06-19-2010, 06:07 AM
Others have said it all. What a beautiful butterfly. I like how the rust-red in the wings match the color in the coneflower. Beautiful composition, color and BG. Well done! I like the subtle flash, that isn't obvious in image itself. I keep many flowers past their prime for the very reason that insects still keep coming to them!