Ruined Butterfly

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

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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