Thursday, August 4, 2011


A big thanks to Christine, Madi's mom, for AIM'ing me yesterday morning to let me know that she had a Monarch making the rounds in her garden. I grabbed my camera and was across the street in a flash! This guy was pretty cooperative letting me take nearly 100 photos. I got about 8 wing open shots, and this is the one I thought was the best.

I did quite a bit to get it ready to share with you:
A layer to separate the lantana flower to darken it
A layer to separate the lantan leaf to darken it
A layer for the butterfly to adjust the color
Remove brown illy stem from background on a copy of original layer
Add two frames in PhotoFrame

Here's the original:

Here's a lovely side view:

Here's an artistic embossed style version:

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