With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly on Rhododendron Flower

Friday, May 14, 2010

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly on Rhododendron Flower

While taking prom photo's of my daughter and her date, I saw this swallowtail land on a rhododendron blossom. My focus was on this nervous couple that wanted this photo-taking to end quickly.
So, without much attention, I turned and snapped this shot.



Above is a more cropped version that puts the focus on the butterfly.
This less cropped is fun because my eye flutters from the butterfly to the blossom it lights upon, then to the upper left blossom and finally to the blossom in the background, just as a butterfly might.
A little movement and interaction for the eye.

Here are a few things I did to this photo:
cropped, added contrast and deepened color.

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO Speed: 400


Flash: Off, Did not fire

15 comments:

Deb said...

Beautiful picture!!! God sent that butterfly at just the right time for you to capture it!!!

Sandy said...

You have a lovely blog and I have
enjoyed my visit here today. I'm
looking forward to trying some of
your recipes.
God's Grace,
Sandy

Abounding Treasures said...

Simply breathtaking!!!

Mildred said...

Butterflies are mesmerizing to watch aren't they? Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Susan said...

Wonderful photo, LDH. Just absolutely beautiful. Sincerely, Susan

Valerie @ composition-life said...

Looks like a photo that should be hanging in home somewhere! So pretty such nice pastels.

You are absolutely right about both of them. The top one is great because the focus is the butterfly - how beautiful.

The bottom one I love seeing more of the flowers including the blurred one in the back.

It is two completely different shots - depending how you crop! Very nice.

Thanks for sharing at Favorite Photo Friday. I enjoy your photo's so much!

Eva said...

This is just out of this world! So professionally done.
Thanks for your visit and kind comment!

Ann said...

Cropped or not it's beautiful.

Dayle Allen Shockley said...

Just lovely.

Liz said...

Beautiful! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing the details. I have a 55mm and 300mm. So I really need something in between....

~Liz

Julie Harward said...

Just beautiful! A take your breath moment! :D

RoseBelle said...

WOW! The butterfly stands out so beautifully next to the flower. What a great picture!

Jeanne Selep said...

It is always hard to get a good butterfly shot - I know, I've tried. You have a great shot, and I like the backed out one's cropping a lot. It's more about the interaction, the flowers and the butterfly dimension. Cropping changes photos so much. The closeup is great for illustrating the butterfly.

Kiki said...

Super gorgeous...always a special treasure to see such a beautiful creature! Wonderful!
Kiki~

eileeninmd said...

Love the rhododendron blooms and the swallowtail butterfly. Beautiful flowers!

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