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  Mini#30 Macros 2015
Entry 7 of 36
Last of the Monarchs       ©2015 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GX7       7th place, 139 points
1/320s, f10, ISO 640, 120mm, Normal Program, Pattern, flash
Post-Processing: Lightened shadows, de-noised and sharpened, increased saturation, cloned out distracting blemishes, cropped and resized.       Extra Info: Most of the Monarchs have gone off to their wintering colonies, but there are still few stragglers.
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Dec 1, 2015
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments and votes!

As few of you noted, this would have been better if I included the entire butterfly. But I didn't think that would qualify as a "macro". This was shot with my 60mm macro lens plus Kenko extension tube.

SteveBee: I totally agree with you and I didn't like the empty upper right either. I tried cropping in all different ways and this was the best with what I had.
Edited on Dec 1, 2015

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Nov 30, 2015
    Beautiful colour and detail. Nice DOF wiith the blurred background. In my faves.

Nov 30, 2015
    Nice macro, would have liked to see the whole butterfly.

Nov 30, 2015
    Beautifully shot. Lots of detail and colour, and perfect dof.

Nov 29, 2015
    Nice capture of the insect, but the red flowers kind clash with the orange in the wings.

Nov 29, 2015
    Oh so pretty! And clear. I love the way the colours of flowers and butterfly coordinate.

Nov 29, 2015
    nice result maybe a bigger crop to focus on top LH side

Nov 28, 2015
    one of my faves for sure! goes well with the milkweed shot by another.

Nov 28, 2015
    Great shot, full of detail and well composed.

Nov 27, 2015
    Great macro image. Jumps right out at me. Well done.

Nov 27, 2015
    Technically very well done in terms of sharpness, DOF, color, and exposure. Compositionally, the leaf behind the butterfly would ideally be out of focus. I also feel like the balance is off which is hard to explain, but if you divide the frame diagonally from upper left to lower right and then alternately cover and uncover each half of the image you may see what I mean. The visual weight is all to the bottom and left.
Edited on Nov 27, 2015

Anthony Comyn
Nov 27, 2015
    Nice colours, the lighting was harsh, but did help you capture a clear photo, well done with that. The image is very busy, the colours in the wings and the colours in the flowers is both fighting for attention. Maybe not a bad thing, just a little distracting.

Nov 26, 2015
    Very sharp, would be nicer with the entire Monarch.
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