Not long ago my fiance found a butterfly in a parking lot. It had expired and was fluttering like a leaf in the wake of passing cars. Her heart went out to it, but she also knew I would want to see it. After she brought it home lying on some tissue paper, I sat looking at it and thinking how similar it was to many buildings I’d photographed: intricate and beautiful yet eaten away by the relentless elements and time.
Using a mag-lite for backlighting and some coarse cloth to help diffuse it, I set my camera to aperture priority and took a fairly long exposure to bring out the delicate wings. A little adjustment in Photoshop was used to to tweak the colors.
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/5, 1/5