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I spent a lovely day at the RHS Wisley on Friday where they are holding a butterfly event in their hot-house. The atmosphere was tropical and it took nearly 30 mins for my camera to warm up and get rid of the condensation. It was a pleasure to meet up with EPZ members Maiwand, Doghouse 765 and peter_oak who were also enjoying the chance of photographing the beautiful butterflies loose in the greenhouse.
This is the Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon) and native of Costa Rica. It is a large specimen and most of them were intent on sleeping or feeding, with wings furled, showing their wonderful "owl" eye. Unfurled wings are a glorious dusky bluey-purpley brown and when in flight the wings flap slowly and they then glide, in ghostlike fashion - fascinating. Hope you enjoy this series.
Settings varied between F7.1 and F4, 1/250sec, ISO 400 - 160, sometimes in AV and sometimes in manual, handheld

View large - F11 if you have time - there is a lot of detail.

Thank you all so much for your super response to my last two uploads - I am overwhelmed and very grateful Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F4/L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:14 Feb 2009 - 10:22 PM
Tags:Butterfly, Butterfly event, Caligo memnon, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Costa rica, General, Owl, Rhs, Wildlife / nature, Wisley
Votes:40
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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 10:25 PM

Lovely detail and colour,superb shot Sylvia,well captured...................

Tony.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 10:25 PM

Some fantastic butterfly captures, such great clarity and detail in these.
Bob

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motorsportpictures

Very well detailed macro shots.
Scott

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SMlLER
SMlLER  5
14 Feb 2009 - 10:33 PM

WOW. Really well taken.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 10:38 PM

Well taken & presented macro images. Excellent detail throughout.
Terry

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 11:09 PM

4 super shots Sylvia showing the Owl in its glory. I just couldn't get one with the wings open. I particularly like the angles you have on them and they make up a great series
Richard

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gary_d
gary_d  6556 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 1:47 AM

Four super shots V1 is my Fav. - gary

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
15 Feb 2009 - 2:37 AM

Yes, it is V1 for me too, so detailed and sharp. Lovely work Sylvia.
Jenny

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 5:19 AM

Superb captures, Sylvia, you obviously had a wonderful day at Wisley, lucky you! Internet running at a snail's pace today! Carol

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iancam  6 England
15 Feb 2009 - 5:24 AM

Four superb close-ups, I like them all.
Ian

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 6:06 AM

All 4 shots are great. My favorite is V1, love the detail on the butterfly. Great bg.....Sandy

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 7:25 AM

For detail and markings v1 is a winner, but for me the blue metalic colours of v2,3 and 4 are wonderful and they really are my favourites
Helen

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 8:07 AM

Superb detail
Tony

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 8:39 AM

not easy Sylvia with the heat and steam on your camera I dreamt last night my camera had rust or something inside and I had the whole thing apart frightened me silly, I love my camera heheh!
Wish I had known you were going to Wisley, like to meet you sometime. Good set of images for yesterday

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 - 8:53 AM

Wow they are all fantastic shots,i hope we do the same when we go there.
Dave

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 - 9:46 AM

Great set of butterflies, i really like V1, there is loads of fine detail in this
Regards
pete

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photophantom
15 Feb 2009 - 10:18 AM

superb macros!
Dennis

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 1:02 PM

A lovely series of shots Sylvia and I see you've been mixing with the 'big guns', hope you all enjoyed it. I like #1 for colour and detail but I also like #3 for it's angle. A nice set to have in your porfolio.
Fran

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 1:37 PM

Great shot Sylvia. You made a far better job of this visit than I did. Cant find anything in my poor efforts to match this.
Excellent.
Ron

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 2:09 PM

Lovely set Sylvia

Jon

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 4:16 PM

Magnificent series of shots - V1 is just beautiful and then the lovely surprise of the stunning colour in the rest - well done Ina

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 4:59 PM

Thank you so much everybody for your kind comments and votes - as
always so much appreciated Smile
The butterflies are open to the public until Feb 22nd so if you live within striking distance of RHS Wisley it is well worth a visit. I am contemplating going again!
Sylvia

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maratsuikka
15 Feb 2009 - 5:44 PM

Great set,V1 is for me this time,my friend

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
15 Feb 2009 - 10:15 PM

Superb detail especially in V1 - love em Graham

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 10:52 PM

A superb set Sylvia, hard to choose a fav,
Geoff.

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
17 Feb 2009 - 7:11 PM

Excelelnt set of images.
They all are stunning.
Robert

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2014 - 9:19 AM

Ooh I just found this trawling the gallery for Costa Rica, didn't know you had been there. Excellent shots!

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