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I found the Monarch wing amongst the sand, shells and feather on a day at the beach in New England. When I picked it up, I realized that it wasn't as fragile as it looks. And though it was actually a very sturdy material, like raw silk or feather, it was so light that the tiniest puff of wind caused it to flap as if it would once again take flight. So that it didn't blow away, I had to arrange it under some shells as it kept tumbling toward the water. The Monarch must have been making its summer migration from Mexico to Canada. Astounding to imagine how one small and beautiful creature can fly thousands of miles through storms and harsh heat on one set of gossamer wings.

This method of photography is called "High Dynamic Range", or HDR.. I hacked my Canon with CHDK firmware so that I could play with high-dynamic range. This series was set with positive and negative adjustments to exposure, several exposures "stitched" together pixel by pixel with some fine adjustments.

Its color themes are orange, yellow, gold, black, grey, rust, blue, pearl . Pair this with Secret Monarch in larger sizes for a unique wedding wall backdrop, mural effect, or gift of original inspirational art for a housewarming:

Printed on 1" x 14" heavy archival paper. Artist signature, title and date on front. Custom sizes larger than 8" x 10" are processed through a local NYC photography lab and will take from 10-14 business days to ship, though, sometimes the lab is speedier. I will communicate with you as soon as your item is ready to ship and I also provide shipping confirmation and insurance. Watermark does not appear on print. Uploaded images are lower resolution than printed original.

For 8" x 10" prints, please allow up to 3-5 business days for shipping of your order as I use a professional lab for all prints. Each photo mailing is nerdishly hand-packaged in a cellophane sleeve and cardboard, safely and securely.

I combine shipping and offer discounts for multiple orders. Metallic paper and framed canvas are also available.

©Elaine Delehant - 2012 - all rights reserved.

Monarch Butterly Wing in Oyster Shell on Beach, Secret Monarch, HDR Photograph/Original Wall Art/Decor, 11"x14"

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  • Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Only ships within United States.
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