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Painted Lady


Posted by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:57 am

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Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

On, what else. . . Tithonia
This species also goes by the common name "Cosmopolitan" because of its wide distribution.

5DIV
100-400 4.5-5.6 II
1/640, f/8, iso 800
Hand held, natural light

Comments and suggestions always welcome.
Good light,
Craig

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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:27 am
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Sweet, sweet light on this butterfly. Very common around here and very photogenic species. The flower and the BG are perfect to showcase it.

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by Gene Gwin on Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:43 am
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Craig,
Very Nice. Really like the comp on this one. Question: Do you ever use extension tubes since you're not using a true macro lens? Also, in the 100-400 range, what lens length did you use? You consistently post excellent images on this forum.--hope to learn something.
 

by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:00 am
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Craig,
Very Nice.   Really like the comp on this one.  Question:  Do you ever use extension tubes since you're not using a true macro lens?  Also, in the 100-400 range, what lens length did you use?  You consistently post excellent images on this forum.--hope to learn something.


Thanks, Gene!
This one was at 400mm.
The v2 of this lens has a mfd of about 3’ - one of the reasons I love it - it practically lives on my camera.  I can go from “almost macro” to almost super-tele, all without changing lenses, and it plays well with a tc or close-up filter.  I’ve played with extension, but for walking around and shooting whatever grabs my fancy, for me the zoom+extender wonkiness isn’t worth it.  The lens is sharp enough that I can get good crops - *maybe* not for printing large, but honestly I rarely print anymore.  I use it on a 16Mp aps-h (1.3 crop factor) and 30Mp full frame body, and 100% looks great.
Good light,
Craig


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by Gene Gwin on Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:03 am
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Craig Lipski wrote:
Gene Gwin wrote:
Craig,
Very Nice.   Really like the comp on this one.  Question:  Do you ever use extension tubes since you're not using a true macro lens?  Also, in the 100-400 range, what lens length did you use?  You consistently post excellent images on this forum.--hope to learn something.


Thanks, Gene!
This one was at 400mm.
The v2 of this lens has a mfd of about 3’ - one of the reasons I love it - it practically lives on my camera.  I can go from “almost macro” to almost super-tele, all without changing lenses, and it plays well with a tc or close-up filter.  I’ve played with extension, but for walking around and shooting whatever grabs my fancy, for me the zoom+extender wonkiness isn’t worth it.  The lens is sharp enough that I can get good crops - maybe not for printing large, but honestly I rarely print anymore.  

Craig, Thanks...
 

by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:05 am
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Craig Lipski wrote:
Gene Gwin wrote:
Craig,
Very Nice.   Really like the comp on this one.  Question:  Do you ever use extension tubes since you're not using a true macro lens?  Also, in the 100-400 range, what lens length did you use?  You consistently post excellent images on this forum.--hope to learn something.


Thanks, Gene!
This one was at 400mm.
The v2 of this lens has a mfd of about 3’ - one of the reasons I love it - it practically lives on my camera.  I can go from “almost macro” to almost super-tele, all without changing lenses, and it plays well with a tc or close-up filter.  I’ve played with extension, but for walking around and shooting whatever grabs my fancy, for me the zoom+extender wonkiness isn’t worth it.  The lens is sharp enough that I can get good crops - maybe not for printing large, but honestly I rarely print anymore.  

Craig, Thanks...



I edited / added to that post while you were replying.
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by cwdavis on Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:52 pm
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Gorgeous photo of a commoner!
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by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:01 pm
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Thanks, all for your input!
Good light,
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by Ron Day on Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:09 pm
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A well-composed, beautiful image of the Painted Lady, Craig. If you are interested in removing the shadow under the bottom portion of the butterfly's wings, a touch of fill flash has always worked for me. :)
 

by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:37 pm
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That would work, though in this shot I don’t think it bothers me - the light and shadow are fine for my taste. I don’t like the harsh sunlight that butterflies seem to revel in, and I’m not adverse to subtle fill flash, but, to my taste, this is not offensive (maybe too harsh a word there, I’m blanking on a better choice.). Thank you for your thoughts!
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by DChan on Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:54 pm
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I think this could work in a 1:1 aspect ratio.
 

by Craig Lipski on Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:16 pm
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DChan wrote:
I think this could work in a 1:1 aspect ratio.


You know, I never work with that except for tight crops for BAMONA, BugGuide, etc, so it never crossed my mind - I should explore that; thank you!
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by Tom Whelan on Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:33 am
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Classic composition and pose, lovely image.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:39 pm
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Very nice what you are getting with this camera/lens combo-thanks for explaining. The butterfly almost looks like it is part of the flower- good campiflage, I'd think. very pretty sight. I agree with experimenting with a square crop, though I like this just as it is.
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by rhighercat on Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:43 pm
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Very nice composition. Background and colors are great. beautiful light. butterfly is sharp throughout. overall great image!
 

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