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By MrsS    
Hi Everyone - on countdown to our hols now - can't wait, but busy, busy, busy! Smile

Anyway - a few light years out of my comfort zone, but wanting to try out my new lens which has been sat in my bag for weeks, myself and my sister took my Dad along to the local butterfly farm and "had a go"!

My, those things move fast!
Coupled with the plants moving a bit too - I think I got about three good shots from the dozens I took!

I had Beth as "chaser" for this one, as I didn't want to leave without a shot of it - no idea what it is - some kind of swallow tail thingy! Wink

Anyway, it hovered a lot and even landed a couple of times, but never stopped moving its wings - hence the movement on its wings, which I quite like. I appreciate that the eyes are not quite as sharp as they could be, but I'm hoping that, as it's my first attempt, AND with it being handheld, you'll be in a forgiving mood Wink

Thanks for at least stopping by - might be inclined to visit one of these places again sometime, so any pointers on how to get it right next time would be great! Smile

Have a great day - off to find a cardboard cat carrier now to take a much improved and incredibly feisty Sukie to the vets later Smile

Fran x

Techy stuff - HANDHELD ISO 400 @f4 1/640 sec

Not sure if you should bother going LARGE - the [email protected] thing might fly off again - ah well, if you insist! Wink

Tags: No Idea Blue What General Type But Farm Its Handheld Buttrfly Wildlife and nature Studley grange

Voters: Walkthru, Joline, CarolG and 43 more

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Walkthru 12 2 2 Australia
18 Aug 2010 12:45PM
A fine shot, despite the movement in the wings Fran. Cheers, Andrew.
Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
18 Aug 2010 12:45PM
Gorgeous....they are indeed difficult to photograph. Looks like you caught this one flying.
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
18 Aug 2010 12:46PM
Fantastic, Fran, what a gorgeous colour, and a very complementary background for it, too. Carol
18 Aug 2010 12:48PM
very nice!
norca 17 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 12:49PM
It is called a 'Green banded swallowtail'.
MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 12:51PM
Thanks Andrew, Joline, Carol, Barrie & Michael Smile

Fran x
Chant57 16 395 3 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 12:53PM
Vibrant striking colour Fran, lovely clarity and sharpness in the right place, bang on the head and body.
18 Aug 2010 12:57PM
beautiful creature, stunning colour
18 Aug 2010 12:57PM
Absolutely beautiful !

KarenFB Plus
16 5.8k 184 England
18 Aug 2010 12:58PM
I really like this image (its an Emerald Swallowtail). Yes, the wings are a little blurry, but as you point out they don't stay still for long! I like the way you've caught the body/head quite sharply, it looks as though it's flying! Smile Gorgeous colours and a good oof background - not bad! Wink

P.S. Both the 'Green Banded' and the 'Emerald Swallowtail' have the latin name Papilio palinurus - so you can take your choice! Smile

(I am really looking forward to seeing the other shots you have!)
RTDS 13 Cyprus
18 Aug 2010 12:59PM
Absolutelly a cracking capture,excellent details and colours.
MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 1:06PM
Thanks Chant, Tracy, Chris, Karen & Robert Smile

Glad you like it folks Smile

Fran x
pmorgan 15 217 13 England
18 Aug 2010 1:08PM
That is beautiful Fran!

MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 1:10PM
Thanks MrM - rather pleased as it's my first attempt Smile

Fran x
jonah794 12 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 1:16PM
You certainly should be pleased with this shot - it's really, really good.
I really like the movement in the wings - it gives a great sense of movement, which as you say is quite speedy on these creatures. Smile I do indeed think the body is sharp, quite sharp enough for me. The detail you have captured in the wings is also incredible.

However, it would have been nice if the beautiful tail were in focus a little more, although that would require a smaller aperture, and I'm sure in such light conditions, it's better to get a sharp body than get a blurred everything!

I think for a first time this is great, much better than my first attempt. Grin Can't wait to see the rest - I'm sure they are as good as this...

I hope it helps
Jonah Smile

[i](Is that the shape of a lighthouse I see in the tail??)[\i] Tongue Wink
danbrann 17 640 17
18 Aug 2010 1:19PM
Good one Fran. Just to keep you informed and so that you can tell other people and sound knowledgeable it is a PAPILO PALINURUS commonly known as an EMERALD SWALLOWTAIL
John_Horner 16 12 2 England
18 Aug 2010 4:07PM
What a great capture Fran. That is skillfully done.
cabbie Plus
15 31 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 4:18PM
A lovely capture well done

superb capture, excellent details and color, well done!
chensuriashi Plus
15 334 18 England
18 Aug 2010 5:08PM
Aerial Butterfly shots Fran....Top Banana!!! Chen
MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 5:33PM
Thanks Jonah, Danny, John, Bob, Paulo & Chen Smile

Special Thanks too, to Thair for your User Award - totally unexpected - dead chuffed! Grin

Cheers All
Fran x
martinl 18 272 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 8:43PM
Have an RC mi dear. As a first attempt, I'd say it's sharp where it counts, and I quite like the movement in the wings.
18 Aug 2010 8:49PM

what wonderful close up detail - a special image.

tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 8:50PM
No 'scape shot Smile

Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 8:50PM
beautiful...... Smile

MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 9:01PM
Thanks MrEEK, Mike, Adrian & Linda Smile

Not for a while, methinks, Adrian! Wink

Cheers All Smile

Fran x
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
18 Aug 2010 9:23PM
Well done Fran,not easy is it,especially indoors in a hothouse Wink
Try taking a small piece of plain card with you next time to pop behind the subject,then you can use a smaller aperture & get more in focus.The movement in the wings is hard to avoid but it would have been nice to have seen that beautiful tail in better focus.Push up the ISO a tad to get a better speed & firmly cross your fingers !
MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
18 Aug 2010 10:39PM
Thanks Janet for that input - really helpful! Smile

However - I actually liked the movement on the wings Wink

Cheers Hon
Fran x

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