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steffilewis 16 179 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 9:46AM
Beautiful subject ... lovely picture. The blue of the moth and the green of the plant work well with the blurry background. *click*
Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 9:55AM
Excellent shot, wonderful colour & detail, brilliant.

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 10:11AM
Great dof, lovely colour, nice symmetry in the composition. Well done.
kt 16
19 Jun 2004 10:25AM
nice one...!
19 Jun 2004 10:26AM
Very good indeed, click
street3 17 2
19 Jun 2004 10:36AM
Beautiful shot!
u08mcb 17 5.8k
19 Jun 2004 10:41AM
Stunning. Just stunning.
scragend 17 3 Scotland
19 Jun 2004 10:41AM
Nice shot of one of the blue butterflies - but which one? Im not too hot on their identification so Ill have to get my book. Click!
Terry L 17 609 5 England
19 Jun 2004 10:54AM
Excellent shot Tim, great use of DoF, really stands out against that background.

celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 11:22AM
Thanks to all the kind commenters!

Chris, please let me know what you come up with when you get your book out... I think this might be the male or female version of the one I posted earlier "Jack of Hearts"

sasam 17
19 Jun 2004 11:45AM
Marvelous. A really stunning macro. How did you get him pose for you? Simply beautiful. CLICK!
John_Duckett 16 386 2 Norfolk Island
19 Jun 2004 12:27PM
Brilliantly stunning shot. So sharp with wonderful background colour to the blue of the butterfly. well done
scragend 17 3 Scotland
19 Jun 2004 1:39PM
Common Blue is my best bet! Sorry it doesn't sound so exciting! Smile

Actually, that would fit in with your "Jack-of-Hearts" shot, as I believe that one is the female common blue - appropriately the brown form!
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 2:09PM
A lovely image, sharp and beautifully rendered, click

fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 2:13PM
Wow stunner!

Excellent colours and sharpness. Looks all fluffy which is perfect Smile
19 Jun 2004 2:29PM
Sooper shot of a blue, By the way I do like the shot of the Hummingbird Hawk Moth in your portfolio. Have only ever seen 3 and never have the camera with me..Well done.

KathyW 17 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
19 Jun 2004 4:50PM
Beautiful image - very well done.
Denise 19 279
19 Jun 2004 5:03PM
The colour has been captured perfectly. Nice image.
tiptoe 17 267
19 Jun 2004 5:40PM
Rob_Taylor 17 661 5 Wales
19 Jun 2004 6:55PM
Excellent shot ...the colours composition and detail are superb
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 8:42PM
Thanks again for all the great feedback and those who recognised the species name. Very much appreciated!
19 Jun 2004 9:46PM
Exellent CB
14 Aug 2004 12:08PM
My goodness you have some beautiful photos in your folio. I can't believe that the 300D can do such a good job, with you at the helm of course.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2004 10:31PM
Lorraine you are too kind! but I do appreciate the generosity of your comments!

I am sure if you had as many butterflies surrounding you as I do here in Provence then you would easily be able to take the same, if not much better, shots...

The Sigma lens helps also!

Thank you!


16 Aug 2004 11:15PM
Tim I now have a tamron Tele-Macro 70-300mm lense and am trying it out, the shots I have taken haven't turned out as good as I would have liked, due mainly to the fact that each time I have used it the subject wouldn't keep still for too long and by the time I focused on it it had gone, and also we have had nothing but wind here lately so then it blows the subject around. I can't win at the moment. But your photos are stunning, and we don't have the butterflies here either.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2004 10:29AM

The wind really is an enemy to macro photography unless you're going for the blurred effect! Try early mornings or late evenings.

As for approaching the subject closer, try freezing your position for a couple of minutes after they have flown away, dragonflies and even some butterflies may come right back to the exact same pose!

Try to choose the orientation relative to the subject that you want at least ten feet out (walk around the subject) and then keep your camera still, near to your head as you move your feet smoothly and as slowly as possible towards the target. Once you have a step within three feet you can slowly roll your torso closer and then the hardest part is getting down, bending the knees smoothly, if the subject is near the ground.

The better you get, the more the insect will be almost hypnotised by your movement. With practise, you should be able to get right up close (a few inches) take your shot and move away again without the insect even realising it, at least consciously!

Keep trying, once you get the technique, your shots will stand out even more...


conrad 16 10.9k 116
25 Aug 2004 2:16PM
One of your best in my humble opinion!

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