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By billma
1/400 sec f 6.3 ISO 100 RAW

I have four important things recently about shooting something like this.

1. I generally use too shallow of a depth of field. Probably need to go f 11+. Can be tricky in the wind due to the slower shutter speeds.

2. Can use a 25mm extender with this great lense to get closer (Thanks to Boyd-longley for that).

3. Getting a good background is important and takes patience...have to let the butterfly come to you. It is kind of a Zen thing.

4. Look before you either sit or lay down in the field or you might end up in a cow pie.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Greyheron, scragend, UserHasLeft and 7 more

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tull 18 181 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 8:10PM
Great wing detail,nice shot.

Best wishes.

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 8:19PM
Beautiful shot, great detail. Well done.
neeley 19 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 8:28PM
Lovely shot Bill, great detail and clarity, very well done,

Mike Neale
desplus 17 8 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 9:27PM
Great shot of difficult subject/
scragend 17 3 Scotland
23 Jun 2004 10:32PM
Very nice shot! Click!

Re your comments, and dependent on the lens used, I find closing down too much can equally prove difficult because it brings the background back into focus. That mainly applies to shorter lenses though!
kit-monster 17 3.7k 2 Singapore
25 Jun 2004 7:31AM
Bill - nice to see you back. Looks like you're a very fast learner! As usual you and I are in tandem, I too have got a set of extenders and playing around with 100-400. For butterflies it is a great combination and works really well. I find my 180 macro is fine for still life and the 100-400 + ex for anything that moves! f11 sounds about right but difficult, especially as the slightest breeze makes things pretty tough.

Anyway, this is a great shot, and made me think about how to take my butterfly photography forward. Looking back at my shots, I realise I need to work on the background more. At the time, I was concentrating on getting shots that fitted my descriptions and wanted to shoe how to identify them. Now, Im going to try and get some more artistic shots, like this one,

Good work, look forward to some more!


PS You should get my pictures any day now - finally found a lab I'm happy with!
johnjohn01 19 58 England
25 Jun 2004 7:49PM
Beautiful work Bill. Great detail and background.
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
26 Jun 2004 2:44PM
So delicate in form & colour.......a fine capture & a pleasure to view.

jerishoots 17 3 Saudi Arabia
19 Jul 2004 1:29PM
one of the best here man. GREAT CAPTURE!

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