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Glasswing (Greta oto)

By teocali
Another Butterfly from the RHS Wisley event - a Glasswing(Greta oto). This is a very small species and very skittish - very difficult to track dowm amid the lush foliage! The EXIF data is automatically included for you if you save for web in PS CS and above - just follow the EPZ link "Find out how to do this." below - great new feature Smile

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always very much appreciated.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
22 Jan 2011 10:07AM
Very well captured without flash Sylvia and like the background positioning for this fine elusive specimen. At F2.8 you have set a challenge as the dof goes to the extremeties, which I also found the tips stray out away from the eye and head which are spot on but accuracy has to be spot on.
Tip for next time is tripod and remote release as they sit so still for ages to alleviate the problem of steadiness crucial for dof.
Still though a great clean image and wonderful bg and wing detail with the brick.
Note to self.....take tripod and bigger lens next time. Grin

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Jan 2011 10:26AM
Nice shot, Sylvia: I can't add anything more to what Richard has offered.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:05AM
This looks very good. Difficult to be sure of sharpness at this size,. but it seem,s OK. Nicely composed and depth of field spot on. Very good for a macro zoom even though it is a 'class' one.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Jan 2011 11:09AM
Excellent detail, Sylvia, very well captured. Carol
22 Jan 2011 11:15AM
Hi Sylvia I think this capture is superb, regards gray.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
22 Jan 2011 11:21AM
It is superb Sylvia. Very well done
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:25AM
Very good close-up.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:30AM
Very well captured and Richard has raised some valid points, on the large version the detail in the body is just tapering off, have you perhaps tried to use a larger F stop on the same specimen to compare the results? Ina
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:57AM
Not being an experp here Sylvia my only advice I can give is ..that to my eye it is a brilliant image and perfectly detailed
Ray42 10 3 England
22 Jan 2011 12:03PM
An excellent shot Sylvia - and some interesting and good info from Richard and Ina
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
22 Jan 2011 12:40PM

Quote: have you perhaps tried to use a larger F stop on the same specimen to compare the results? Ina

I should have Ina, but I was on shutter speed priority so the aperture was automatically set. Should have persevered in manual but the light was terribly tricky (excuses, excuses!) - it kept on changing and I was worried the butterfly would flit off again!!
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 12:47PM
What I like so much about this Sylvia, are the complementary bg tones, to those in the wing detail.
A good capture, well done.
optik Plus
9 15 1 England
22 Jan 2011 1:11PM
truly remarkable, very well done,
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 1:16PM
looks good to me
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
22 Jan 2011 2:32PM
But still so beautiful and the softness makes it such a dreamy image, love the b/g colour with him............Sandy
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
22 Jan 2011 2:55PM
Good shot Sylvia and creditable under the circumstances. I think we all learned the lesson that day; TRIPOD.
harrattp 11 11 4 England
22 Jan 2011 4:09PM
Beautiful capture Sylvia. We are thinking of going to RHS tomorrow for a try at some of these. If any are half as good as this we will be well pleased..

harrattp 11 11 4 England
22 Jan 2011 4:37PM
Oh by the way I can't find the link to add exif data automatically Sylvia! can you send it to me?

22 Jan 2011 5:08PM
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 10:27PM
Difficult one, Sylvia. Excellent composition and the sharp bits are certainly sharp so it just needs more depth of field. The question is, where do you get that from when you're already at ISO-500 and a shutter speed slower than 1/(focal length) even before you take the crop-factor into account? Unless you're going to use the flash, it's mostly a question of how far you trust the high-ISO performance of your camera and the image stabilizer on your lens. A good grip on the camera, with your elbows tucked in and the lens well supported will help to minimize camera shake at slower shutter speeds but I'd guess you're already doing that. Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2011 10:54AM
I would not use shutter priority for natural history close up. Depth of field is all important and you need aperture priority or manual in my book. Deal with the shutter speed issue by using a tripod or monopod.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
23 Jan 2011 5:56PM
This is a beauty for sure, but its a case of technology and luck coinciding!

As Paul points out, shutter Priority should never be the mode for these shots, and you got very lucky with this one, and the new image stabilization on the lens did an outstanding job at that speed!

tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2011 11:06AM
It's a beautiful shot anyway Sylvia and with the focus in the correct place, I don't think the shallow DOF is a disaster.

But as others have said, to increase the DOF might need the slower approach of a tripod, although I carry the foil from a coffee can to use as a small reflector which may boost the light enough for f4
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
24 Jan 2011 1:24PM
Thank you everybody for taking the time to critique this shot - lots of helpful and constructive information Smile Didn't actually realise I was on Shutter priority when I took this as I had been trying to catch some of the butterflies on the wing and forgot to change the setting when one actually settled in my haste to get at least one "keeper". Great tip of the coffee can foil as a small reflector from Tim Wink

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