08/14/10 - Glowing Butterfly
I was so excited when I saw this red-spotted purple butterfly land just outside my kitchen window near the birdbath. There are some bright red begonias beside the birdbath, and they attracted him. So, quick, I started taking pics. But, the camera was telling me the light was too low (it was cloudy all day yesterday), so I knew it was unlikely I got a well focused shot. Well, the focus was OK on a few, but the exposure on the begonia was just too bright:
So, I started playing with the shot last night, first trying to darken just the flowers:
Reasonable, but still not what I'd want to share. So, I just happened to try the glowing edges filter, and I was wow'ed at all the color I got. Sometimes when I use that filter it's very blah, but not this time! I ended up pulling out the butterfly by itself, doing an equalize, and then doing the glowing edges filter on it to achieve more color on just that section of the photo.
Would it print well or would anyone hang it on their wall?...probably not. Sometimes though I like photo art just for the sake of making a nice card for someone. So, consider this my Thank You card to you guys for the time you take each day to check out my daily photo and leave comments. I really do appreciate you all!
I'm still reliving in my head the experience of that GBH coming in for a landing. Thanks for sharing my excitement with me yesterday.
The boys, Madi, and I are headed to The Museum of Life and Science in Durham today for Engineer's Day. 88 and clouds are on tap. Usually I would find a cloudy forecast on a Saturday upsetting, but after such hot, humid and high heat index conditions this past week, the clouds are welcome! We might actually be able to walk around outside and visit the bears today like usual. I'll be looking for the red dragonflies that I always see when we go just in case I can get THE shot.
The museum e-mailed last week asking me if they could use a few more of my shots in their promotional literature, and of course I said SURE and sent them the full strength files. One is from June where Johnny is looking through a HUGE bubble at their Bubble Blitz event.