Butterfly Dream ©Steve Chong

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Butterfly Dream

Camera: Canon EOS/1V
Lens: Tamron SP24-135mm
Film: ASA100
Aperture: F5.6
Shutter: 1/15s
Filter: Polarizing Filter
Light: Natural Light from window
Chou Chuang is a famous philosopher in ancient China about 2000 years ago. His ideology, Taoism still isnĄŻt totally comprehensible till today. This is a shot where I was inspired by his famous dream. He once dreamt about a butterfly, he wondered as was whom he dreamt of the butterfly or did he appear in the butterfly's dream.

I hang the mask on the white wall; the soft focus on the mask was intentional. The butterfly specimen was glued to a stick under the wings and was tied to a tripod at the other end. I have to be very careful so that I wonĄŻt break the fragile wings. The distance from the mask to the butterfly is approximately 4 inches. It took me more than an hour to setup the scene. I was totally surprised and amazed on how the contour shape of the wings harmonized with the right side of the mask. The exposure was derived from spot-metering the wings.

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