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A pair of mating Blue Morpho butterflies (Morpho peleides) taken at RHS Wisley last Friday.
Many thanks your your C&Cs on my last upload - really appreciated as always and all constructive critique, hints and tips welcomed Smile

Brand:Canon 7D
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Feb 2011 - 2:52 PM
Focal Length:200mm 1.7m from subject
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:0.4sec
Exposure Comp:-4/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mating Blue Morpho Butterflies (Morpho peleides)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:6 Feb 2011 - 4:34 PM
Tags:Blue, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Insect, Morpho, Peleides, Pets / captive animals, Rhs, Surrey, Wisley
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 4:39 PM

You forgot to post as Adult Sylvia Grin
Very well spotted and excellent detail, plus the timing was spot on
Richard

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 5:02 PM

I am getting so fed up with everyone going to Wisley and I'm thousands of miles away! It was my favourite place to visit with my late mother, but of course that was before they introduced the 'butterfly days'. This is a super close-up, Sylvia, excellent detail (no privacy for the poor pair!). Carol

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 5:27 PM

Superb Sylvia just superb !!!!
Alvar

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 6:02 PM

A beautifully detailed and pin sharp close-up.
Steve.

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VidB
VidB  6 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 6:08 PM

I can't find anything that you could or need to do to this image Sylvia, the detail in the wings of the butterfly is superb, the colour is right, an all round excellent image, good work
Dave.

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tigertimb
tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 6:21 PM

Excellent shot Sylvia, wonderful details, colours and patterns, particularly with the two different shades.
Truning their backs to each other - they must have had an argument Wink
Tim

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
6 Feb 2011 - 7:00 PM

Fine detail - fine work.
Pat

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 7:45 PM

Lovely shot indeed Sylvia.


If I may make a few minor suggestions as in the mod.


I would fill in the dark areas with leaves, - the top left in particular; and I suspect you increased colour sat to get thos nice insects at their best, - but I find that leaving them as is and de saturating the leaves a little appears better to my eye, - the breen is a little intense.

Otherwise ticks all the boxes.



Regards



Willie

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Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:04 PM


Quote: Excellent shot Sylvia, wonderful details, colours and patterns, particularly with the two different shades.
Truning their backs to each other - they must have had an argument Wink
Tim

Or they must have been contortionists!! Grin
First class capture Sylvia.
Ron

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:13 PM

I think this is stunning and how fortunate to find two ! Smile There are almost three layers here with the soft backdrop..then the leaves and finally the butterflies. So much detail..I am green with envy !! Smile
Di

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
6 Feb 2011 - 8:13 PM

Hi Sylvia another stunner regards gray.

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:15 PM

great shot - you were there Friday and I was there Thursday, so busy on our visit

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:25 PM


Quote: Lovely shot indeed Sylvia.


If I may make a few minor suggestions as in the mod.


I would fill in the dark areas with leaves, - the top left in particular; and I suspect you increased colour sat to get thos nice insects at their best, - but I find that leaving them as is and de saturating the leaves a little appears better to my eye, - the breen is a little intense.

Otherwise ticks all the boxes.



Regards



Willie

Many thanks for the advice and super mod Willie -the filling in on the LH top corner is a real improvement - much appreciated and noted Smile I tend to use Selective Colour when processing my images, rather than just increasing saturation.
I have uploaded a V2, from the jpg version, straight out of the camera, only cropped slightly on the RHS to cut out a plant label - no other processing done, for comparison.
Sylvia

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 8:27 PM

Amazing what a difference the apperture @ F16 & a tripod makes - the quality of this shot is top notch - Ina

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96430 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 10:01 PM

Excellent couple of shots from your latest visit, obviously being able to use a tripod has helped considerably in getting a sharper image overall, whether it be because of less camera movement or smaller aperture or possibly both Smile

Unlikely a tripod would have been allowed when I went on Saturday, but several people were using monopods.

Last Modified By JJGEE at 6 Feb 2011 - 10:02 PM

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2011 - 11:48 PM

fantastic detail and colour sylvia a stunning capture Wink
andy

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Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2011 - 2:13 AM

A fabulous capture Sylvia. The detail is awesome...........Sandy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2011 - 8:14 AM

An excellent capture - love the comments posted by Ron - and a good mod by Willie

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