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Rick Sammon's Butterfly Wonders

By Juan A. Pons

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Butterfly Wonders features Rick Sammon's amazing photographs of living butterflies -exotic species from all around the world. Includes a comprehensive section on close-up photography.

Co-developed with wildlife photographer Juan Pons, the app was designed to convey the beauty of the butterfly, and to share with butterfly enthusiasts - and nature photographers - fascinating facts about these amazing creatures. Fifty-five photographs, each accompanied by detailed camera/exposure information, illustrate the Butterfly Wonders section.

To help photographers capture their own beautiful close-up images of butterflies, Butterfly Wonders include is a comprehensive Photographing Butterflies section. Twenty-eight images illustrate Rick's tips, trick and techniques. Rick was going to produce a separate app on close-up photography, but he decided to include this how-to information as a bonus in Butterfly Wonders.

Butterfly expert Alan Chin Lee supplied the scientific information, as well as fun facts, for each butterfly (and moth). For example, did you know that once a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis it never grows any larger? And did you know that silk moths have no mouths with which to feed?

In the Emersion section, the app illustrates one of Mother Nature's miracles of transformation. The app also takes the viewer on a visual journey, via the Migration section, to Sierra Chinqua in Michoacan, Mexico, where Rick photographed in a colony of more than 30 million monarchs during their annual migration. In this app, Dr. Thomas Emmel, a world-renowned butterfly expert, writes about this journey in a beautiful essay. Both Dr. Emmel and Mr. Lee were with Rick in Sierra Chinqua when he photographed the monarchs.

The butterfly, with its amazing metamorphosis from a crawling caterpillar into a vivid and graceful winged creature, symbolizes the infinite potential within every living creature to evolve: from darkness into light, ugliness into beauty, and lethargy into activity.

Butterfly Wonders, and the life of a butterfly, is a coming-of-age-story in the most profound sense. As an exotic metaphor for transcendence and renewal, the butterfly has been celebrated in art, literature, dance, fashion, myth, and spirituality throughout history and in cultures around the world. Now, the butterfly is celebrated in the first iPad app on living butterflies.

How did Rick Sammon get so many close-up shots of butterflies? He captured the butterflies with his digital SLR cameras, macro lenses and ring lights. About the photographic process, Rick said, "The ability to see every shot immediately on my camera's LCD monitor allowed me to make critical exposure and lighting adjustments on site. That was of the utmost importance, due to subject movement, changing lighting conditions and the reflectivity of some of the butterflies."

Here's what Maria Morris Hambourg, former Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, said in a review about my butterfly photographs: "For their inclusive vision, sumptuous textures and colors, and the sheer wonder these finely detailed descriptions of butterflies awaken in us, I think Rick Sammon's photographs are marvels."

What's New in Version 1.1

Updated application engine for more stability and better usability.

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Customer Reviews

Done with loving care

This app is a labor of love - Rick truly loves butterflies. The app provides beautiful photos, detailed EXIF data on how the photos were taken, and information about each of the butterflies that appear in the photos. This would be a good way to introduce nature to kids, or to inspire yourself to go out in the backyard with your camera and take your own photos.

Be sure to use the app in Portrait mode so each page fills the screen - the photos are larger this way.

What other app provides both great photos and Latin names like "Papilio cresphontes"? Very cool content from Rick, and very cool presentation by Juan Pons. Nice job.

The pics you get are nice

I like what pictures I did get can't save picture roll to use for wallpaper, oh and you might want to take the promo codes that are not valid off of the site not fun to sit and try them all with a message not available YET and you told me in email those are over a year old. Thanks.

Rick Sammon's Butterfly Wonders
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Lifestyle
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 21.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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