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The Blue Morpho Butterfly feeds on the juices of fermenting fruit. So, although it can be a bit messy on the feeding table, I wanted to capture the action. The difficult part is capturing this beauty with its shimmering irridescent blue dorsal wings showing, but it does have attractive eye spots on the ventral side. The only one that settled with open wings was a fairly tatty specimen. This is one of the largest tropical butterflies, and a group of them flew to greet me when I entered the butterfly house, my idea of heaven.
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Pamela.

Camera:Fuji S9600
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Blue Morpho
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:12 Sep 2010 - 1:03 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Insect, Lepidoptera, Morphini, Nymphalidae, Papilionoidea, Pets / captive animals, Tropical, Wildlife / nature
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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:05 PM

Excellent set

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franken
franken e2 Member 113106 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:05 PM

A lovely set of macro's.

Ken

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:10 PM

A super set, Pamela, all excellent, but V.2 stands out of the crowd for me. carol

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:17 PM

Nice set .

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:32 PM

Beautiful set with V1 my absolute favourite with the original composition and colours.
Rende

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6524 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:34 PM

A lovely set Pamela V3 is my favourite. - gary

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KatieR
KatieR  106197 forum posts6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:36 PM

Now this is what those small sensors are so great for. Makes getting enough depth of field with a macro lens seem even more frustrating!

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 1:45 PM

V3 for me Pamela - beautiful colours

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 2:44 PM

I like V2 and V3 looks particularly good to me. Unfortunately Pamela I don't think V1 works - the b/g is far too colourful it takes the eye away from the butterfly.
Brian.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 2:50 PM

A wonderful set of butterfly images, super close ups all together,
Johanna

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 2:52 PM

Super detail and colour here Pamela.
Particulary like V2.
Super set.
Mick.

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Beanie76
Beanie76  52 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 3:16 PM

Ha, now i know what species my blue butterfly shot is! Great set of shots.

Dean

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 3:50 PM

Excellent series Pamela. I find V4 particularly appealing.
Ron

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Imagephotographics

Wonderful set of images - all lovely !

Chris

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 5:25 PM

$ informative and excellent images!

An even closer crop would probably solve the problem Brian mentioned-- It is sharp and clear other wise!
Jennnnnnn

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 5:27 PM

v2 is my fav.lesley

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8759 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1591 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 5:31 PM

Many thanks for your votes and comments.
It's always interesting to know which you prefer, but I particularly liked the butterfly feeding on the banana in V1, though I have to admit it was a toss-up between that and V2.
I understand what you are saying, Brian, but it works for me, and I thought it was a bit more interesting than the usual butterfly shots, and that the feeding action might appeal to others too.
Pamela.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 5:35 PM

V3 & V4 for me

Adrian

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 7:59 PM


Quote: I understand what you are saying, Brian, but it works for me

That's the most important thing Pamela - personal satisfaction. Smile
Brian.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 8:24 PM

Good set Pamela, V2 and V3 for me,
Geoff.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 9:21 PM

Four fantastic images Pamela, you've captured its colours and wing patterns and markings perfectly

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Val Prowse
Val Prowse e2 Member 11Val Prowse vcard England
12 Sep 2010 - 9:30 PM

A lovely set of images Pamela, V3 for me although they are all extremely good.

Val

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jeronius
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12 Sep 2010 - 10:12 PM

wow, these are incredible pamela.
Jerry

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 10:14 PM

Excellent macros Pamela. The detail and colour is incredible. Love V3 and V4............Sandy

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2010 - 10:39 PM

Fantastic set of images, wonderful detail and colour, beautifully captured.

Hugh

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
13 Sep 2010 - 5:29 AM

I like the composition in V1 with its background, difficult to get butterflies to show their splendor

Peter

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photophantom
13 Sep 2010 - 8:11 AM

love v3, wonderful set
Dennis

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 8:14 AM

A lovely set Pamela, all beautifully worked - V3's my favourite.

Sarah *

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Alan_Baseley
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13 Sep 2010 - 8:16 AM

A superb set,
Alan

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 8:35 AM

Exceptional images very well captured.
Rob

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 9:37 AM

A very beautiful set, Pamela, stunning detail, which must be viewed large. Each image is excellent, but if I had to pick a fave, think V2 for me.
TrevB Smile

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metro074
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13 Sep 2010 - 11:07 AM

Outstanding images Pamela. Macro at its best here. Very well done
Carol

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Freila
Freila  4106 forum posts
13 Sep 2010 - 11:10 AM

Amazing set of shots all of them, if I had to pick it would be V1.
Freila

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 11:38 AM

lovely work Pamela - enjoyed them all but my idea of hell ./...

I love to see them but the thought of going in there fills me with horror

Linda

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 5:19 PM

Exquisite detail in all the captures. I like all of them, but v1 is very special with the butterfly off to the side and not totally in the frame. I like it very much.
Anne

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2010 - 5:34 PM

Really good set - I really like V4.
Sue

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evelen
evelen  9 England
13 Sep 2010 - 6:31 PM

great colection lovely colours.
eve.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2010 - 8:43 AM

A great set of images, so beautifully sharp.

Albert

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2010 - 5:54 PM

These are beautiful butterflies and I like the way you have 2 such close-up macro shots and 2 showing them within their setting and at a slightly greater distance. Lovely colours and detail in all 4.

Ann

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maratsuikka
15 Sep 2010 - 9:02 PM

fine set
fantastic PF

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 3:37 PM

Superb colour and detail.V1 is my favourite,love the composition,the pattern and the colour arragements are beautiful.I really didn't know that butterfly eats bananas, how amazingSmile.I thought they only loved flowers,nice to know.
xiao li

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
16 Sep 2010 - 8:21 PM

Being a man of colours i am going for V1. But all are excellent +++++
cor

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2010 - 11:23 PM

What a fantastic set,1 and 2 would be my choice but all have the superb quality thats makes them yours Pamela,

Aidan,,

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2010 - 6:45 PM

I went to a butterfly house on Thursday, and there were many of these flying around. They never open their wings though!

Nice shots Smile

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digital_boi
20 Sep 2010 - 5:35 PM

excellent set i love 2 and 3 great detail and texture

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catherinekp79
20 Sep 2010 - 8:43 PM

What an incredible set of shots Pamela! I really like V1 and V3 in particular. Smile

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rayjac
rayjac  4 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2010 - 5:00 PM

What can I say that, they are all so beautiful, think I will delete my butterfly shot now, I love number one, like you say it's not like the usual butterfly shots, great set of images.
Ray.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2010 - 1:49 PM

Great set but I prefer 1 cos the tight framing focuses the eye on the head of the butterfly which has such detail in it. The colour of the banana seems to go nicely with the insects colour too. Altogether excellent macros. Paul

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Tonksfest
Tonksfest  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2010 - 7:02 PM

Hi Pamela , Another brilliant set of images of this Morpho Butterfly. I prefer V1 as it seems to be posing for the camera . SUPRERB !

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mrjt  8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2010 - 8:07 PM

A superb set and top class presentation, the detail is fantastic Pamela.
.......Jack

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IFIMAGE  6143 forum posts Wales
26 Sep 2010 - 9:20 PM

Cracking set, great macro work..

Ian..

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agingrocker
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21 Nov 2010 - 4:37 PM

A lovely set, great detail and light
Antony

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