Monarch Butterfly on a Zinnia

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© Andrea Petersen
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 21, 2011
TakenAugust 20, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/80 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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Q: Focus Fine Art Magazine

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Job 40: 10

The purpose of a butterfly
Gives more than its worth,
To the flowers it pollinates..
For the same reason why
There is a heaven and earth.
That human mortals may see
The beauty of its majesty,
And to accept the fate
Tho' we live ...we will die...
As the flowers and the butterfly;
Ere' we enter the pearly gates.

Poetry by me, AJP

Focal length 300mm
F-number f/22
Exposure time 1/80 sec.
ISO speed 100
Exposure program..Aperture priority.

Normally I would not use 1/80 sec. for shooting butterflies as they are often fluttering their wings and it usually needs a faster shutter speed but this was an experiment with aperture priority. Fortunately, I had my camera held firmly on a tripod which helped prevent camera shake. I waited until the butterfly remained relatively still for the time it took to shoot the picture.

This is from the camera without processing by photo shop. Sometimes it is nice
to not always depend on photo shop but to try to get the exposure right in the
beginning ...There is much to learn with photography and I am far from perfect.
It not only is an art but it is a science and using the right techniques are very important to get good results....

15 responses

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    a beauty, Andrea

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Aug 2011):

    Thank you for your comment, Carol..I always love to see the butterflies with
    pretty flowers and wish I could capture more varieties.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    This beautiful monarch stands out so perfectly against the zinnia.. what a glorious capture!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    The "experiment" yielded a perfect result. One of your best poems . . .

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    .. and I second Richard's comment! I came back to look again, both the image and poem are so beautiful..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (21 Aug 2011):

    Thank you so much...That was a poem that took me awhile to compose but
    it gave me peace as the words came together.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    Very lovely and artistic. We've all become too dependent on PS!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    super timing!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (22 Aug 2011):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    WOW!!!!! It is incredible. We should all learn to get our images right in camera before we even learn to use photoshop I think.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    beautiful photo!!!like it

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Beautiful color story!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Andrea, this is a fabulous photo!!! You are very talented and knowledgeable with your camera : )

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (25 Aug 2011):


  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (28 Aug 2011):

    great capture.... Well done.

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