In the Sky

© Nikki McDonald

In the Sky

Uploaded: October 30, 2018 19:33:26 | Entered: October 30, 2018 19:33:26


Monarch Migration
Because we had a rainy summer, by August my giant zinnias were six to seven feet tall, and the butterflies and bees loved them. One day I decided to try to photograph the flowers from below. I lay on the ground on a beach towel at the very edge of the flowerbed and took a few pictures. I almost immediately saw that I might get one with a butterfly on the edge of its petals; then I realized that I MIGHT get one flying from flower to flower . . . and that became my goal. I went out about every two hours with different lenses each time. Finally, in the late afternoon when the butterflies came back the thickest, using an 18-70 kit lens, and with the camera on Aperture, burst mode, I got a couple of good series. This is from one of them.

I tried another in September, a vertical, but it didn't get anywhere :)

Category: Catch-All

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/8000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 45.00 mm, Model: ILCA-77M2


Harvey A. Ravitch October 31, 2018

I love the lighting, colors,& POV ! Very Well Created! #1716684

Terry A. Stoa November 24, 2018

My favorite of your October 2018 entries. I really like the unusual POV and the vivid colors of the monarch against the nice blue sky. #11738593

Irene Colling level-classic November 29, 2018

Powerful POV, fascinating color/detail. Love it. #11739396

Harvey A. Ravitch November 29, 2018

Congratulations Nikki! A Fantastic Finalist! Go For Gold! #11739409

Emile Abbott level-deluxe November 29, 2018

We saw very few this year. Great capture and congrats on Finalist, Nikki. #11739413

Reynaldo D. Reyes November 29, 2018

Your patience paid off! Great shot Nikki and Congrats on your finalist. Hoping for the gold.!...Rey #11739454

Susan Williams November 30, 2018

Congratulations, Nikki. Love the story of getting this shot. Impressive work and a fabulous image! #11739889

Marianne Brennan November 30, 2018


Karen Celella December 01, 2018

Excellent work, Nikki. Congratulations on your gold! #11740130

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic December 01, 2018

Beautiful butterfly capture, and do deserving of a gold badge; congratulations! #11740154

Emile Abbott level-deluxe December 03, 2018

Congratulations on Gold Winner, Nikki. #11740436

Harvey A. Ravitch December 03, 2018

Congratulations, Nikki! A Beautiful Gold Winner! #11740438

Joan Classen level-classic December 07, 2018

Beautiful winner, Nikki! Great Perspective! #11741057

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