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Another from my trip to RHS Wisley last week - the Blue Morpho(Morpho peleides) - quite a spectacular butterfly.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
Focal Length:200mm subject distance 1.6m
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture priority
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Did not fire, compulsory mode
Title:Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:25 Jan 2011 - 12:30 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
Votes:32

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 12:38 AM

Beautiful shot and colours.Well done.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 12:45 AM

brilliant detail and textures fantastic colour and light a cracking capture nice one Wink
andy

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jeanmarie
jeanmarie  5 England
25 Jan 2011 - 12:53 AM

fantastic blue, lovely butterfly and well capturedSmile

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DitoInacio
25 Jan 2011 - 1:28 AM

Magnificent shot, so deep colors and gorgeous details.

regards

Dito

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 1:29 AM

Excellent & beautiful capture of this cobalt Blue Morpho>...LEx

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 7:27 AM

Good morning Sylvia!

A gorgeous one today... The blue in these flutterby's is just amazing... Excellent detail And a nice bg that doesn't distract... Superb x x

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84293 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 7:32 AM

You were lucky to get it with its wings open! Beautiful! Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 7:39 AM

A stunning butterfly, Sylvia, very well captured. Carol

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Carrie_1
Carrie_1  4 Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 7:54 AM

Stunning colours.
Caroline

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 8:29 AM

EXCELLENT.
Joan.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 8:37 AM

What a beauty and an excellent capture

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 8:51 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 9:28 AM


Quote: Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard

Great shot with that lovely irridescant blue.
I would often take the view that you don't need every part of a subject in focus, but particularly where you've got a flat view of the wings like this I'd agree with Richard.
Tim

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 12:25 PM

Stunning colour, a lovely well detailed macro.
Steve.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 2:12 PM


Quote: Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard
Great shot with that lovely irridescant blue.
I would often take the view that you don't need every part of a subject in focus, but particularly where you've got a flat view of the wings like this I'd agree with Richard.
Tim

I agree with this too, Richard and Tim, but the light was so tricky that day that I was trying just about everything - it seems that there is always some sort of a trade-off in this hobby of ours - lol - keeps us on our toes though Wink Will definitely be going back, armed with TRIPOD too.

My thanks to you all for your votes, comments and advice Smile
Sylvia

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
25 Jan 2011 - 5:28 PM

Great detail Sylvia.
Paul

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 9:03 PM

Hi Sylvia. Sorry to take a long time getting round to this but life has been manic ( and not all due to the new site ! )This is an absolute beauty of a butterfly filled with that glorious blue and settled on the perfect BG.It makes a most marvellous picture. With regard to the wing. I respect Richards point of view but this time I cant agree. The slight amount of motion blur on the right wing tip seems to me to give an appearance of a living and active creature rather than a showcase specimen.Its not a problem.
Ron

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
25 Jan 2011 - 9:21 PM

Stunning colours - a lovely 'screenful' !!
Pat

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2011 - 10:20 PM


Quote: Hi Sylvia. Sorry to take a long time getting round to this but life has been manic ( and not all due to the new site ! )This is an absolute beauty of a butterfly filled with that glorious blue and settled on the perfect BG.It makes a most marvellous picture. With regard to the wing. I respect Richards point of view but this time I cant agree. The slight amount of motion blur on the right wing tip seems to me to give an appearance of a living and active creature rather than a showcase specimen.Its not a problem.
Ron

hear hear I agree with Ron

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2011 - 7:49 PM

DOF works on the distance to pof, thus if you focus on the centre of a large object and compare that distance to the distance to: for example wingtip. The distance to head will be less than the distance to wingtip. This could only be about 1mm but on a very large aperture that will make all the difference. It works on the same principle as in front of or behind,
Thus dof comes into being and the wingtipa fall outside these parameters and thus oof.
Its not rocket science its a simple principle of hyperfocal distance. Tongue

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 8:04 PM

A fabulous close up of this stunning butterfly, such a beautiful shade of blue

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 9:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good attempt in difficult conditions. Depth of field really is minimal at f/2.8 but flash isn't really an option as it'll probably reflect back horribly from the irridescent wings.

MossyOak wrote:
Quote: DOF works on the distance to pof, thus if you focus on the centre of a large object and compare that distance to the distance to: for example wingtip. The distance to head will be less than the distance to wingtip. This could only be about 1mm but on a very large aperture that will make all the difference. It works on the same principle as in front of or behind, Thus dof comes into being and the wingtipa fall outside these parameters and thus oof.

You seem to be saying that, because the wingtips are farther from the centre of the sensor than the head, they're out of focus. This is not how depth of field works. As you say, what matters is the distance from the focal plane i.e., distance measured parallel to the axis of the lens, not 'along the diagonal'.

Suppose, for example, you are photographing a flat wall from six feet away. If your camera is pointing straight at the wall then the whole wall is six feet from the plane of focus. The fact that some parts of the wall are, say, twenty feet from the camera doesn't matter. If the camera really is pointing straight at the wall, the whole wall will be sharp, at any aperture.

The actual reason that the wingtips are out of focus is a combination of the camera inevitably not being pointed quite directly at the butterfly (it's bound to be at a slight angle) and the fact that the butterfly isn't perfectly flat. It's precisely the 'in front or behind' thing that's at work, here.



Quote: Its not rocket science its a simple principle of hyperfocal distance.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with hyperfocal distance. The hyperfocal distance for a particular focal length and aperture is the closest point you can focus and still have focus at infinity. This gives you the greatest possible depth of field, extending from half the hyperfocal distance to infinity. This is very useful for landscapes as, with a wide-angle lens and an aperture of f/11-f/16, the hyperfocal distance is only a few feet away, meaning that it's possible to get everything from eighteen inches to infinity sharp, if you play your cards right.

But this has nothing to do with photographing a butterfly four feet away, since the hyperfocal distance at f/2.8 and 200mm on a Canon 7D is nearly half a mile away!!!

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