Tips on Home Decoration – Framed Butterflies

The decorations with butterfly works are very popular these days. These are in the form of art works, pictures, photos, butterfly houses, shadow boxes, and framed butterflies. Framed butterflies are those decorative pieces in which real butterflies are framed and displayed as a piece of art. The beauty of the whole display lies in the beauty of the butterfly and the frame. Framing butterflies require a lot of attention and care. These are often done by professionally trained people. But if you wish, you can make your own framed butterfly display as well. The perfection to it lies in spreading out the wings cautiously, symmetrically, and without causing any damages to it.

Framed butterflies are considered as beautiful pieces of art owing to the beauty of the creature. Generally, the colours on the wings do not fade off. You must keep it without exposure to direct sunlight. If kept in a cool and dry place, the framed display will last as new for decades together.

The butterflies to be framed commercially are not caught from the nature and framed. They are raised in butterfly farms for the purpose of sale and framing. And it is often the very common species of butterflies that are used for the framing purpose. Rare species of butterflies are not used in the framing purpose. If rare butterfly frames are available, they will be very costly.

Some people create butterfly frames on their own. For this they find dead butterflies, catch them, or buy them online. The wings will have to be spread out very carefully without causing any harm as it is very fragile. You can use see through tapes, thin wires and threads to secure the butterfly, with the wings spread out, in place. Spreading out the wings symmetrically is the time consuming part. It is also good, if you have somebody to help, as the wings may curl up during the spreading out process.

Buying framed butterflies is not that costly. Once you buy, it will last for very long. The frames are available in wood, metals, plastic, and other materials. Some stores allow you to choose the butterfly, frame, and background, so that a custom order can be placed. Once the order is placed, everything is put together to make the beautiful framed butterfly. You can use it as part of your room decoration or gift it to somebody who loves butterflies or framed collections.

Framed butterfly displays can be found at both online and physical stores. The cost varies depending on the species of the butterfly, frame, and other materials used for the decorative purposes. If you are ordering your framed butterfly online, shipping charges also will apply. This can vary depending on the country and weight of the shipment.

Framed butterfly is a very good gifting and decorating idea. It would be better if you learn about the species of the butterfly and its other aspects.

Photo Tip – Why You Need A Fill Light In Portrait Photography!

In the last few photo tips articles, we have been discussing portrait photography lighting patterns… Short, broad, split, the loop pattern, Rembrandt and finally the butterfly lighting pattern. Today’s photo tip is about controlling the pattern’s shadows with a fill light.

Each of our patterns has their good and bad points and will be perfect for some faces and terrible for others. If you haven’t done any experimenting to master them, I suggest you make that your weekend project!

These patterns are essential building blocks to mastering portrait photography.

As photographers, we tend to concern ourselves with light, almost to the exclusion of everything else – but shadows are just as important! In fact, each of the lighting patterns we’ve been discussing is named for the type of shadow the light source casts!

This lighting pattern series has been all about building them with one light – the main (or key) light – and how to position it to get the lighting pattern most pleasing for any specific facial type.

While it doesn’t matter what sort of light it is, it could be a studio flash, the sun, a window, a reflector even nothing more than a flashlight – it is important to have the shadows to add depth and life to our portrait photography.

But, when we look at portraits done by professional photographers, we note that they almost always have more than one light source. Typically they have three and as many as five or six!

Why? And how do we know when more lights are needed and where to put them?

Again, it all goes back to the shadows!

Suppose you are using a short lighting pattern to help visually narrow the subject’s face. This works because – visually – shadows tend to recede and lit areas come forward. Since the shadow is closest to the camera, it makes the face look thinner.

But, the color and depth of a shadow can impart emotions and feelings into a portrait that we don’t want! If we are using one light, we will have a sharp line dividing the highlight and shadow areas and we lose all the detail in the shadow area.

The shadowed area can be very dark – which if we want a lot of drama and emotion in our portrait, that’s a good thing… but what if we don’t want all the drama? Obviously, we need to lighten the shadow, while still maintaining our slimming light pattern.

To do this we add a second light. This is called the “fill light”. It’s named for the fact that this light fills in the shadows!

With a fill light, we can now have total control over the shadows! We can turn it off and have totally black shadows or we can turn it up and have the shadows virtually disappear – and anything in between!

Note: if we have the same amount of light intensity on the fill light as the main light the shadows are gone. If we have MORE light on the fill light, it will cast a shadow on the (previously) lit side. If it does this, it becomes the main light and the other one is the fill light. In other words the fill light is always of equal or lesser intensity than the main light.

To get an understanding of the fill light and what it does, look through your favorite magazines and first try to determine the lighting pattern, then where the main light was positioned and whether or not they used a fill light. If they did use one, why? If not – why not?

In portrait photography, the depth of the shadow is as important as the quality of the light and will make a huge impact on your viewer’s perceptions. We control the depth with a fill light.

Use today’s photo tip to start thinking about how you can use lighting patterns and a fill light in your portrait photography to start controlling your viewer’s emotions – and you will be on the way to consistently winning photo contests.

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Costa Rica Photos – Capture Nature At Its Very Best

Home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, Costa Rica is a photographer’s delight. Offering an incredible wealth of picture perfect locations, this tiny Central American nation is considered by many to be a “living Eden.” A great place to capture nature in action all around you, Costa Rica has on display not just a wealth of dramatic landscapes, but some of the most rare and endangered plants and mammals in the world to photograph.

With photo ops a plenty, it is a good idea to get a first-rate camera while on vacation here, as you will be treated to some truly special moments worth preserving. The fantastic fireworks display of the majestic Arenal Volcano, the incredible cloud canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the pristine rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, and the mesmerizing oceanic views of the Golfo de Papagayo, all make for some truly stunning photos.

If you are an avid birdwatcher, you can also get some wonderful pictures of the stunning Scarlet Macaw, the resplendent Quetzal, the magnificent Frigatebird and the Violet Sabrewing as they fly by in huge numbers. Home to more than 850 species of birds, Costa Rica also plays host to rare birds like the Roseate Spoonbill, the King Vulture, the Northern Jacana, the Purple-throated Mountain Gem, the Collared Aracari and the Three-wattled Bellbird.

With over 10% of the world’s butterfly species found here as well, more than 35,000 different insect varieties have also been seen in Costa Rica. The dazzling Morpho butterfly, the Rhinoceros Beetle and the Lantern Fly are just some of the many insects that can be seen throughout the country. The deadly Poison-dart Frogs, the lethal Fer-de-lance Snakes, and the bright-green Basilisk Lizards are a few of the many amphibians and reptiles that can be spotted in Costa Rica as well.

If you are looking for some turtle or whale watching opportunities, you will find plenty of locations on either coast of the country. The Tortuguero National Park in Limon and the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena in Guanacaste are great places to see these wonderful creatures breeding or just swimming around. In the rainforests not only will you find plenty of monkeys to look at, but you will also come across sloths, anteaters, peccaries, tapirs, jaguars and ocelots as well.

With so much to see, it is no wonder then that Costa Rica is such an amazing place to travel to. The lush rainforests, the stunning beaches, the active volcanoes, the roaring rivers and water falls, the superb surfing and the breathtaking national parks and nature reserves, all make this tiny country definitely worth visiting. Whether you stay in the cosmopolitan city of San Jose or tour the surrounding countryside, know that whatever you do you are in for an extraordinary vacation.