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Green Hairstreak

By Julian
Green Hairstreak taken on nature reserve this afternoon .

This is a female searching for an egg laying site. You can almost see the ovipositor just at the tip of the abdomen. It was a strange looking appendage. I did not get too close 'cos I did not want to upset her; it was nice just being there by chance.

The underside is a metallic green which can shimmer blue and bronze depending on the light reflected by the scales on the wing and the angle of the sunlight. Seldom do photographs show such colour accurately due perhaps to the trickiness of catching it just right and the limited dynamic range of both film and digital photography. Rodosranger has posted a couple of great shots with better detail than this one and shows a more natural approach to the use of colour whereas the depiction above has had the green saturated a bit to indicate the colour as I recollect it.

Tags: Butterfly Small Green Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Detail Hairstreak Wildlife and nature

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celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 10:00PM
Gorgeous shot and rarely seen here on EPZ.

DOF was just a little too shallow to get the wing tip sharp and parts of the image seem blurred, was that done in Photoshop? Would be interested to know the camera settings on this one.

Excellent capture!


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Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 10:09PM
Hi Tim

Thanks for the kind comment.
The wing tips were oof yes. I resized in 'PS Elements' and then used neat image 'cos the shot was taken on Fuji s7000 which generates a lot of noise. Neat image can sometimes blur things too much but the wing was out of focus anyway although the bramble buds seem to be a bit soft too so perhaps wing tips did suffer also. Settings were as wide open an aperture as possible -3 ish-and I think 1/640 sec shutter speed. I use a 20 D too but today happened to be out with the fuji.
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 10:11PM
As Tim says, you don't see these here all that often. Not the easiest of butterflies to photograph as they are green and so you don't see the easily and once you do it's when you've spooked them. Trying to track them against green trees/grass is a nightmare and so they often elude me which is a real shame as they are absolute stunners!

Great to see you captured this in bright sunshine to really make those greens jump out at you. Shame the butterfly is looking away slightly and thus not everything is quite parallel and this not all pin sharp.

I'm guessing like tim you've done something in photoshop to blur the surroundings? I think it works on the background (though I suspect this was already pretty good anyway). Not so sure it works on the flower buds though. They look a little unnaturally out of focus to me. You'll probably now say you did nothing and this is how it was shot and I'll look a berk!!
Marian 12 62 England
30 May 2007 7:43PM
Another good shot with lots of excellent details. Marian
scoff 11 13 2 Ireland
11 Aug 2007 3:47AM
Lovely colour..............paul

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