The Metamorphosis

“You really need to make yourself miss your craft to enable you to come back stronger and come back with more ideas to become more creative”

Kira Balinger takes on adulthood in the spotlight.
Kira Balinger believes in taking chances. Talking to the 19-year-old actress, it’s easy to assume that her candor and confidence stem from her relative youth and seemingly charmed life. But like many people her age, growing up has given Kira her fair share of challenges and disappointments. She’s also had to weather these setbacks under the glare of a spotlight that often burns so bright it threatens to erase all color from life. Thankfully, she seems to be taking it all in stride, displaying a kind of strength and grace that belie her age.
“God guides me,” she says. “I know He won’t give something na hindi ko kaya.”
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The Metamorphosis
Kira Balinger by Rxandy Capinpin
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Shining Examples of Bokeh

We all know what bokeh is these days. It’s those lovely highlights created in the areas where spots of light occur that are beyond the field of focus. Bokeh can be real, and it can also be added in post-production. Check out this selection of photos: real or post-production?

Butterfly by Kutub Uddin
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Flower by Małgorzata Sonnberg
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Cat by Vanessa Marková
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Mushroom by Julie Merle
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Portrait by Luca Foscili
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more from “45 Shining Examples of Bokeh”
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Maria Giovanna Quaranta

I started playing as a little girl with my dad’s camera and then upgraded to my own Reflex in the ’90s. For a couple of years, I’ve been contributing in a few Facebook groups, especially in Black & White, where I met some friends like Piero Polimeni and Alessandro Scendoni who, with their technical suggestions, have made the game turn into a real passion. I like all kinds of photography, but more particularly I prefer portraiture. I have started believing that photography is now a part of me, capable of transmitting emotions and getting me out of everyday stress. This hobby has taken my heart.

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Maria Giovanna Quaranta
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Majestic Shots Of Beautiful Butterflies

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing butterflies in the Beautiful Butterflies Photo Contest

“share the world” by joecas
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“Butterfly” by David-B
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“Butterfly” by BFaint
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“Blue Glassy Tiger” by Joerg
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“Blue Morpho Butterfly ” by olesteffensen
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“Butterfly” by karlredshaw
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“butterfly on cone flower” by jrobe85
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“Common Blue Butterfly ” by richardmcaleese
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“Rice Paper Butterflies” by LynnsPhoto
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Majestic Shots Of Beautiful Butterflies
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Nature & Action | Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton est un photographe et naturaliste anglais, pionnier de la photographie ultrarapide ou à haute vitesse. Depuis plus de 40 ans, il innove pour saisir les animaux en action, en inventant parfois le matériel pour y arriver. Son défi, c’est de capter des mouvements trop rapides pour être observés à l’oeil nu:

“Pour moi, c’était un miracle de voir que les mouches pouvaient éviter une claque, puis atterrir à l’envers au plafond, qu’elles pouvaient planer sans effort et changer de direction en un clin d’oeil, que les libellules volaient dans toutes les directions et que les bourdons restaient sur place, en vol stationnaire.”

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Nature & Action | Stephen Dalton

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Glasswinged Butterfly

gwbutterfly01 gwbutterfly02 Glasswing  (Greta oto) gwbutterfly04“The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto) is a beautiful brush-footed butterfly and is a member of the: subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina. Greta oto adults exhibit a number of interesting behaviours, such as long migrations and lekking (gathering of males for competitive mating displays). The wings are translucent, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 cm (2.2 to 2.4 in). Its most common English name is glasswinged butterfly, and its Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors.”

The Glasswinged butterfly gets its name because the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the coloured scales found in other butterflies [Source: Wikipedia]. “

from twistedsifter.com