Renee Schaefer  

Snack Time by Renee Schaefer

September 2020 - Snack Time

About the Image(s)

I finally ventured out of my neighborhood. Being a heart patient leaves me at extremely high risk for Corona Virus, but I needed some photographic relief so my husband and I ventured out to a local natural preserve. The joke was on us. There were no birds, no dragonflies, only maskless people. Then we came upon this thistle plant with a wonderful Monarch enjoying its sweet nectar. This is the image I came away with. I shot with shutter priority 1/1600/sec to freeze the fluttering wings. My camera was set to F6.6 which gave me a sharp image and a nice blurred background.

5 comments posted

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
As what is happening in many nature reserves at present, the increased influx of visitors has made much the local wildlife to become harder to find, also the mid- summer period with its early dawn and late dusks means that much of the wildlife is less active at the times that visitors go.
You have captured the butterfly on the thistle well, and your use of a smallish aperture has created a very good diffuse background. I quite like the diagonal positioning of the flower heads, it helps to direct attention to the main subject. I wonder whether there would be a stronger image, if it was square without the left hand flower, which is not really contributing to the story part of the image.   Posted: 09/11/2020 06:12:22

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I think the idea of a square crop is a good one, expecially since it lines up the butterfly and the plant on the thirds. Here is a sample of what that would look like. I used a square crop and removed the part of the plant top on the left.   Posted: 09/11/2020 21:59:03
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Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Thank you. I like that much better too.   Posted: 09/13/2020 21:15:39

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
My first thought was to crop the image or at least remove the flower on the left. But the more I look at it, the better I like the image as it is. The three green flowers form an attractive diagonal and a kind of base for the purple flower with the butterfly. Nice work.   Posted: 09/22/2020 17:09:23

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
I love the colors captured in this photo. The vibrant purple, yellow and orange against the green is striking.
I like the crop.   Posted: 09/22/2020 18:42:49


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