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25 Jan 2011 12:38AM
Beautiful shot and colours.Well done.

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andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 12:45AM
brilliant detail and textures fantastic colour and light a cracking capture nice one Wink
andy
25 Jan 2011 12:53AM
fantastic blue, lovely butterfly and well capturedSmile
Magnificent shot, so deep colors and gorgeous details.

regards

Dito
LexEquine 9 19 United States
25 Jan 2011 1:29AM
Excellent & beautiful capture of this cobalt Blue Morpho>...LEx
25 Jan 2011 7:27AM
Good morning Sylvia!

A gorgeous one today... The blue in these flutterby's is just amazing... Excellent detail And a nice bg that doesn't distract... Superb x x
KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 England
25 Jan 2011 7:32AM
You were lucky to get it with its wings open! Beautiful! Smile
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
25 Jan 2011 7:39AM
A stunning butterfly, Sylvia, very well captured. Carol
25 Jan 2011 7:54AM
Stunning colours.
Caroline
EMJAYCEE Plus
6 9 10 England
25 Jan 2011 8:29AM
EXCELLENT.
Joan.
25 Jan 2011 8:37AM
What a beauty and an excellent capture
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
25 Jan 2011 8:51AM
Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard
tigertimb Plus
8 40 66 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 9:28AM

Quote:Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard


Great shot with that lovely irridescant blue.
I would often take the view that you don't need every part of a subject in focus, but particularly where you've got a flat view of the wings like this I'd agree with Richard.
Tim
25 Jan 2011 12:25PM
Stunning colour, a lovely well detailed macro.
Steve.
teocali Plus
8 421 18 England
25 Jan 2011 2:12PM

Quote:Superb capture on the body and central areas Sylvia, also very well exposed and saturated showing the colours perfectly but unfortunately at F2.8 the dof needs to be more as the dof fades away at the extremeties and the detail is lost around the frills of the wing tips. If you compare the left to the right it is very apparent. Same problems i've been having with these and will have to be rectified with another visit
Richard
Great shot with that lovely irridescant blue.
I would often take the view that you don't need every part of a subject in focus, but particularly where you've got a flat view of the wings like this I'd agree with Richard.
Tim



I agree with this too, Richard and Tim, but the light was so tricky that day that I was trying just about everything - it seems that there is always some sort of a trade-off in this hobby of ours - lol - keeps us on our toes though Wink Will definitely be going back, armed with TRIPOD too.

My thanks to you all for your votes, comments and advice Smile
Sylvia
25 Jan 2011 5:28PM
Great detail Sylvia.
Paul
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
25 Jan 2011 9:03PM
Hi Sylvia. Sorry to take a long time getting round to this but life has been manic ( and not all due to the new site ! )This is an absolute beauty of a butterfly filled with that glorious blue and settled on the perfect BG.It makes a most marvellous picture. With regard to the wing. I respect Richards point of view but this time I cant agree. The slight amount of motion blur on the right wing tip seems to me to give an appearance of a living and active creature rather than a showcase specimen.Its not a problem.
Ron
Stunning colours - a lovely 'screenful' !!
Pat
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 10:20PM

Quote:Hi Sylvia. Sorry to take a long time getting round to this but life has been manic ( and not all due to the new site ! )This is an absolute beauty of a butterfly filled with that glorious blue and settled on the perfect BG.It makes a most marvellous picture. With regard to the wing. I respect Richards point of view but this time I cant agree. The slight amount of motion blur on the right wing tip seems to me to give an appearance of a living and active creature rather than a showcase specimen.Its not a problem.
Ron



hear hear I agree with Ron
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
26 Jan 2011 7:49PM
DOF works on the distance to pof, thus if you focus on the centre of a large object and compare that distance to the distance to: for example wingtip. The distance to head will be less than the distance to wingtip. This could only be about 1mm but on a very large aperture that will make all the difference. It works on the same principle as in front of or behind,
Thus dof comes into being and the wingtipa fall outside these parameters and thus oof.
Its not rocket science its a simple principle of hyperfocal distance. Tongue
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
31 Jan 2011 8:04PM
A fabulous close up of this stunning butterfly, such a beautiful shade of blue
DRicherby Plus
7 269 725 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 9:46PM
A good attempt in difficult conditions. Depth of field really is minimal at f/2.8 but flash isn't really an option as it'll probably reflect back horribly from the irridescent wings.

MossyOak wrote:
Quote:DOF works on the distance to pof, thus if you focus on the centre of a large object and compare that distance to the distance to: for example wingtip. The distance to head will be less than the distance to wingtip. This could only be about 1mm but on a very large aperture that will make all the difference. It works on the same principle as in front of or behind, Thus dof comes into being and the wingtipa fall outside these parameters and thus oof.


You seem to be saying that, because the wingtips are farther from the centre of the sensor than the head, they're out of focus. This is not how depth of field works. As you say, what matters is the distance from the focal plane i.e., distance measured parallel to the axis of the lens, not 'along the diagonal'.

Suppose, for example, you are photographing a flat wall from six feet away. If your camera is pointing straight at the wall then the whole wall is six feet from the plane of focus. The fact that some parts of the wall are, say, twenty feet from the camera doesn't matter. If the camera really is pointing straight at the wall, the whole wall will be sharp, at any aperture.

The actual reason that the wingtips are out of focus is a combination of the camera inevitably not being pointed quite directly at the butterfly (it's bound to be at a slight angle) and the fact that the butterfly isn't perfectly flat. It's precisely the 'in front or behind' thing that's at work, here.



Quote:Its not rocket science its a simple principle of hyperfocal distance.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with hyperfocal distance. The hyperfocal distance for a particular focal length and aperture is the closest point you can focus and still have focus at infinity. This gives you the greatest possible depth of field, extending from half the hyperfocal distance to infinity. This is very useful for landscapes as, with a wide-angle lens and an aperture of f/11-f/16, the hyperfocal distance is only a few feet away, meaning that it's possible to get everything from eighteen inches to infinity sharp, if you play your cards right.

But this has nothing to do with photographing a butterfly four feet away, since the hyperfocal distance at f/2.8 and 200mm on a Canon 7D is nearly half a mile away!!!

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