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Small Tortoiseshell (1st this year)

Small Tortoiseshell (1st this year)
Photo Information
Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-18 11:16
Viewed: 3194
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken yesterday, this was probably the best of the shots of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. Most of the other shots were not at the best of angles or with the wings only partially open.

The butterfly is feeding off nectar in the bugle just coming into flower in our lawn and off the Germander Speedwell, (purple flower just visible). The bugle is just to left of butterfly - around the wing tip. There is also a catkin off the pussy willow (or Goat's Willow) on the ground as well, which will help to add some scale... This was a rather small specimen.

Yesterday was a good day for butterflies in the garden, but they were so active it was hard to capture them without staying too long in one place - and on our lawn that is not a good idea. The red ants usualy find you and they bite (like a small bee sting and I don't react well to them) and they were very active yesterday as well. I recorded 6 varities of butterfly, 4 of which I managed to photo so maybe over the next few days, I'll try to edit them and post them.

Hope you like it and will continue to advise on how to improve my photography. I was on my long lens here, I just could not get close enough to any on the shorter lens, they were just so frisky and jittery...
I though ISO 100 was OK in this instance. It seemed to give a shutter speed close to the lens length at F/8.0.

Any thoughts please?

Converted from RAW, cropped, resized and USM'ed. Lowereed brightness slightly.

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Perfect shot, Emma.
Very good perspective, DOF and colours.
Isn't it wonderful to have so many butterflies flitting around your lawn?

Hi Emma,
you can be so lucky, first butterfly in nature, I only say some flies and bees yet.
So I went to a butterfly-house last sunday, there I had summer for 4 hours ;-)
Thanks for your beautiful butterfly,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Emma,

What a great shot! Details are perfect (sharpness), dof superb, and all the picture is very colorful. What is the violet thing just at the base of the butterfly? a flower? I like the way the antennas is well cut on the bg...



Hi Emma
Super shot, congrats for this capture, just nit picking belive me the picture is excellent, you could have given more space towards right and cut the space on the left!
Goutham R

  • Great 
  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2006-04-18 13:19]

Brilliant colours are well rendered and overall the image is very sharp. I find this little guy quite appealing.

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-19 2:13]

Hello Emma,
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Well done

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-19 3:49]

Very good photo of this beautiful Nymphalidae!
Very good on colours and details!
Very good POV too!

Hi Emma

Wonderful shot. Lovely butterfly. Good light, colour, POV and composition. Well done! :-)

Hi Emma,
Wonderful colors, nicely exposed, with great DOF..Well done!

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