In all my nature and wildlife photography I tend to lean towards dark and dramatic so this image was a bit of a departure for what I normally shoot and like, which made me like it even more. I love the light airy feel of this image with only the tiny Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly having dark parts of the image which made it stand out. I spent an evening in a large overgrown field neighboring my mother's house. Initially I was trying to get the butterflies and bees backlit with the setting sun but once the sun dipped below a far away tree line the light transformed into a beautiful soft wash over everything. I was able to shoot in every direction and even though I had no direct sun there was still plenty of light to keep my settings where I liked. I found this beautiful butterfly as it was flitting around after I walked by it. I waited until it landed and moved in slowly. For this photo I made sure to include some of the tint of orange sky from the setting sun and I really loved the large soft bloom to the left. The field was full of them and they made for a pretty setting. Taken in Vineland, southern New Jersey.
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