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What’s showing?

I can only imagine how beautiful the Acadian night sky is because we always rose very early to beat crowds; by the evening it was dinner and done for the day!  To learn a little more about this historic theater – such as the theater’s founder being a convicted bootlegger who went legit after serving his time in federal prison – read here.

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Good Morning Bar Harbor

Bah Habah if you are so inclined to say it that way.  Bar Harbor, Maine a town on Mount Desert Island in Maine is where it is said that you can see the sun rise first in all of the United States.  I was going to go down to the harbor to take a sunrise photo anyway – the other best option was from the top of Cadillac Mountain but I knew my chances of actually getting there and getting a spot were better at the harbor – the first sunrise bit just gave me the will to get up so very early.

It was worth getting up early for and a great start for my return to Maine series.  Picking up where I left off last… again.

 

 

 

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Cradled

 

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Everyone…

Has done a Vivian Maier selfie – well, almost everyone perhaps.  Here is my take on it with a side of E.E. Cummings.

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Monarch on a Butterfly Bench

F5.6 – 1/200 – ISO 100 – 100mm macro – Canon 5D M3

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Zebra Palm King

In black and white; original color photo here.  While butterflies normally – because of their beautiful colors – do not convert very well to monochrome, occasionally you may find one that does look fantastic in monochrome because of it’s colors and patterns.  In this case it didn’t hurt that the tree branch it was on was just full of texture which I think compliments the image.

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Perfectly Imperfect

In photography we all strive to get the shot as perfect as possible and many times we do.  The colors are right, the composition is spot on, the clarity is ideal and so on.  But there are times (and whether we want to admit it or not sometimes many times) when we flub.  Out of focus, motion blur when we weren’t going for blur, too much noise, over exposed or under exposed… we’ve all got those war stories to tell.  But what if even though the image didn’t turn out the way we had originally planned it still is a nice image in it’s own imperfect way?

Such is the case here.  The lighting conditions were all over the place in the butterfly wonderland.  Some butterflies were in direct (and a bit harsh) light, others where in the shadows and some where in partial sun and shade.  Options were to adjust my settings for each area I was in and possibly risk missing a shot since butterflies tend to get a bit impatient or to set my camera to aperture priority only changing that setting based upon where and what I was shooting letting the camera do the rest of the thinking.

That worked for me the majority of the time but not always I’m afraid.  In this case I hadn’t changed my settings from the prior butterfly to accommodate this one (shame on me; I turned around and there it was so I just went for it) who was moving his wings fairly quickly.  The shutter speed was too slow for this Paper Kite butterfly resulting in my focal point being not where I wanted it and the image not being as sharp as I wanted it around his head.  Even when I do my best to hold perfectly still I never really am… wiggle happens.

I was disappointed that the image didn’t come out the way I wanted it to but I came to like it anyway because of the composition and colors; imperfections and all.  What’s your thoughts on this and which version do you like – monochrome or color?

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