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Karl Witt
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p.1 #1 · Indoors with the Butterflies.........(6)


I felt it was time to visit the butterflies and my local go to spot indoors is the Cleveland Botanical Glasshouse. They have divided it into the Costa Rican Rainforest and Madagascar Dessert habitats and there is always something exciting to see and it was butterflies I was after.

However upon arrival I saw a sea of orchids as it was almost the weekend of the big orchid show! Imagine me bypassing flowers to shoot butterflies Unfortunately they had not purchased butterflies for many months and there were very few to be found of the normal 400+ that are on the loose. Good news was that today was the first day for release so I did track down a few shots but variety was very very limited and there were not many to be found

Here are a few that I did locate, I wished for more opportunities but only found a few and sure wished I had an image stabalized lens but...........I managed and experimented with flash, direct on with a lumiquest foldable diffuser on it.

All comments and crits are welcomed, be warned that the next series of images will be..........well ........you know................................Orchids!

Enjoy
Karl



Karl Witt 2012

Butterfly Chrysalis.......soon to emerge is new life

  Canon EOS-1D Mark III    70-300mm lens    180mm    f/7.1    1/320s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Karl Witt 2012

Giving a peek

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Color on color

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Karl Witt 2012

Suspended in the light

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Mar 22, 2012 at 01:42 AM
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Hidden in the greens

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Attracting flower for the butters!

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Mar 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
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Perfect and really beautiful, with the last being my favorite. Newly released butterflies are the best--their wings get tattered over time.

Nancy



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:43 AM
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Beautiful set Karl! 2 and 5 are real stand outs.

Birdie



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
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Great looking shots here, Karl. Looks like you had a ball. Great colors, perfect exposures, and those all-important checkerboard eyes. Outstanding details in every shot without any of them looking like anatomy studies - great jobs on posing.

I don't know what you had outside the frames you presented here, but they all looked as if you could just keep your subject the size you have it here and expanded the frames. They're a little cramped to my eye, but I don't want the subjects to be any smaller. The third is just gorgeous, maybe even more so with a little more "dangerous" space blow him.

Good to see you shooting again, my friend. Sounds like you'll be going back for more.



Mar 22, 2012 at 05:09 AM
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Karl,
Glad to see you posting and shocked it wasn't florals
Great job on these, #5 is my pick love the detail and colors

-Tim



Mar 22, 2012 at 06:13 AM
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Fabulous set my friend. The last two in particular are very nice.


Mar 22, 2012 at 07:51 AM
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These are beautiful Karl, I am partial to number 3


Mar 22, 2012 at 08:59 AM
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excellent set Karl .. the last is my favorite


Mar 22, 2012 at 09:21 AM
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Nice set Karl. #5 for me.

George



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I'll get this in quick while I'm still in a good mood before those silly flowers show up



Ah a fun day in the Butterfly house, it can be rewarding and it can be frustrating!

1 at least they stood still for you Nice to see them in that stage, something that for most of us is really hard to find in nature
2 I like the commanding posture and comp, make the little guy look dominate. The narrow dof is working for me
3 nice sharp bug, not sure about the bright purple in the fore
4 Really digging the comp (maybe less centered?), the eye looks a tad soft (super nit )
5 Superdastic, this is a killer
6

A wonderful set for sure Karl, looks like you were on form and enjoying yourself. I am looking forward to the Orchids, I know they turn on your creative juices

Tim



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
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Nancy Asquith wrote:
Perfect and really beautiful, with the last being my favorite. Newly released butterflies are the best--their wings get tattered over time.

Nancy



Thanks much Nancy and yes they sure look sweet when they are fresh Thanks for you pick and for your visit!
Karl



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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birdied wrote:
Beautiful set Karl! 2 and 5 are real stand outs.

Birdie



Appreciate your comments Birdie, thank you
Karl



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
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davidearls wrote:
Great looking shots here, Karl. Looks like you had a ball. Great colors, perfect exposures, and those all-important checkerboard eyes. Outstanding details in every shot without any of them looking like anatomy studies - great jobs on posing.

I don't know what you had outside the frames you presented here, but they all looked as if you could just keep your subject the size you have it here and expanded the frames. They're a little cramped to my eye, but I don't want the subjects to be any smaller. The third is just gorgeous, maybe even more so with a little
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Those are some pretty high marks from you my friend, thank you for that. Exposures were a struggle as was my inability to hold steady, as you know there is no room for error on those eyes to get that pattern to show up cleanly. Without much reflective area to return the flash it was easy to overexpose so multiple shots if they stood still!

There may be some room for more area in these, I just played until it 'clicked' in my mind as I don't normally crop tight...............for many reasons
Thanks much David...
Karl



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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tfoltz wrote:
Karl,
Glad to see you posting and shocked it wasn't florals
Great job on these, #5 is my pick love the detail and colors

-Tim


Glad to have something to offer Tim. Your pick of #5 is one of my favs too.

You can bet that florals are in order and are likely next up........maybe

Thanks buddy
Karl



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
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Conrad Tan wrote:
Fabulous set my friend. The last two in particular are very nice.



Thanks Conraddeo my friend.............glad you found me
Karl



Mar 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
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Excellent series Karl
Norm



Mar 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
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Well, well, Mr Witt does the flying equivalent of fantastic Florals!
I am very impressed with these indoor shots
1) thanks for including these, amazing look
2) love the detail in the eye, the comp doesn't thrill me, but looking at it, I'm not really sure how you could have done it different either
3) little bit of a peek a boo shot, love the colors and the comp
4) Very interesting shot, like the comp, really like the wing detail and color, not a nit, but do wonder how it would look cropped with the stem right in the left upper corner and a little more space right of the butterfly...just pondering
5) wow, really like the comp and the razor edge of focus, love the shading at the ends of the leaves the coloring in the wings..mmm good!
6.) Bravo!! Save the best for last, love it!! Don't know how it could be any better!
Great set! I want more
Lar



Mar 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
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I really like tast three. All the composition, the color, the background are best.


Mar 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
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Nicely done my friend.
1 is interesting and seldom seen. I'm glad you included the shot.
2 You nailed focus on the body/eye here, but the wing position is working against the dof.
3 Nice angle on this one, and I like the sharp eye and wing.
4 Great exposure and very nice detail, but the dark bg hurts this one - for me.
5 & 6 Not much to say here but super shots.

On a side note, cross your fingers as Benzzene is supposed to join me at the GBH rookery tomorrow for a sunrise shoot.

Ron



Mar 22, 2012 at 07:10 PM
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