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Monarch by KrisVlad Monarch by KrisVlad
This beautiful Monarch posed for me for a couple of seconds minutes before he flew off to a distant flower.
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Firstly, I love the low depth of field you used by opening up the aperture. Secondly, the color contrast between the reddish orange butterfly wings against the green (blurred) background is excellent with a splash of purple. You could not have choreographed a better setup. Thirdly, I like the composition of the shot. You positioned the butterfly in such a way that it draws your eye to it but not in such a way to not allow one's eyes to recognize the environment. I can't think of a thing that you could have done to improve on this shot. Excellent.
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After--Life Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That quality really is something. What camera was used?

It really is a brilliant picture and could be featured anywhere! =)

Outstanding work.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Photographer
Thank you! I used the Nikon D3000. It's a decent consumer-grade camera. I appreciate the kind comment.
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After--Life Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Would you mind sharing the price of it when you purchased it? I would appreciate it. =3
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015   Photographer
It was around $500 with the kid lens. There are better alternatives with modern CMOS sensors now. I'd look into a D3200 or a D5300. Canon has released a bunch of great models for good competition too. 
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After--Life Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the info!
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Acclivius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a great eye for photos!  You really caught that butterfly well!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Photographer
Thank you, again! I do appreciate it. 
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Acclivius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!  :3
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PaperbackRevelations Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The DOF in this is so perfect, and I love the blending of the pastel colours.  This photo is really quite beautiful and eye-catching!  Great shot!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Photographer
Thank you! It was a very lucky shot. I saw it posted in the middle of a busy city street... next to a mini garden. 
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PaperbackRevelations Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's amazing what you can see anywhere if you really look!
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sheena6556 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so bright and happy ^_^
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014   Photographer
Thank you Sheena! That's Photoshop magic for you. I dodged the midtones and shadows. I saturated it quite a lot as well! I'm glad you like it! 
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sheena6556 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome it's very pretty =)
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GardenPutter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My classmates and I once raised monarchs, they have been my favorite since then. The colors are so rich. This is the best photo of a monarch butterfly I have seen.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm a fan of the colors too. I can't believe I managed to take this shot in the middle of an ugly downtown construction area. This monarch was just chillin on a branch in the police station's garden.
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MaestroAmN Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Warm and good colours and catched moment. Nice.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   Photographer
Thanks Maestro! I'm glad you like it.
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Rebel--Heart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photo has been featured here!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! I do appreciate it.
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Rebel--Heart Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
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Liltz Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous shot! I love the interplay of colors in the background.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! My jaw dropped as soon as I saw the feedback on the camera display.
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty, I love the angle and vivid colors! The focus is great, and the background is beautiful, yet not at all distracting.
The blurred leaves look like brush strokes on a canvas, and the butterfly is positioned in a perfect spot on the frame.
Great shot! :D
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! I was thinking of desaturating the color to keep the focus on the Monarch. Bad idea?
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
I think it looks fine, to me. :shrug:
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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WOW. this is really awesome.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Photographer
And thank you again! It was right in downtown too... who knew I would find such beauty there.
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katiaphoto Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful !
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you Katia! Glad you like it.
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MeridaNinian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So pretty, great positioning, perfect focus
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much clsy! I do appreciate the kind words.
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much paws! Glad you like it.
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yw :)
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SimplyKristina Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Beautiful i love butterflies favoriting <3
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! An oldie, but a goodie.
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SimplyKristina Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Your welcome :)
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papersunsets Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i love the vibrant colours in this photo, especially the purple flowers contrasting the orange on the wings :D
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! I like the bokeh the most.
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Zordora Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
That is pretty cool, you can use that like a background on your computer wether you have desktop or laptop.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! If you'd like to, feel free to set it as your desktop! I appreciate the love.
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Zordora Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Not a problem!
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lexie11 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
featured [link]
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Photographer
It's an honor, thank you!
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lexie11 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Stunning image! :heart:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! I got lucky! My assignment was to shoot cityscapes... but this was Monarch was way prettier.
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Cityscapes at night can be amazing, but this little guy is exquisite. :) As for being lucky, yes luck was on your side, but you also have some pretty amazing skills too.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
I'm flattered, thank you!
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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3000
Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
1250
Date Taken
Oct 3, 2011, 1:14:29 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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