Travel Theme: Simplify

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This is one of my favorite poses, second only to that moment when a butterfly peeks at me over the top of a flower.

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Butterflies are complex beauties, such as this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,  with many design elements competing with the surroundings. One of the tricks I have found when photographing them is to simplify the background as much as possible.

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Sometimes simplification takes the route of minimizing color and background complexity.

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When the background is busy, try to use a low depth of field.

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Ok, so that sounds all intentional and designerly; in reality, sometimes you only get a fleeting moment in which to point and start shooting, hoping for the best. But then, wow is it fun when you realize you have a winner!IMG_1098

I was getting all wrapped up in the technicalities of butterfly chasing today when suddenly I realized I needed to lower the lens and simply enjoy them fluttering about my head. That is the true beauty of butterflies.

My childhood summers came flooding back. In that moment I experienced the simplification many of us long for.

So, stop and enjoy what you are photographing. Simplify and enjoy the impressions of life.

This post is a part of a weekly travel theme (Simplify) challenge by Where’s My Backpack.

 

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