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Posted by Darren5907 on Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:45 pm

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Been wanting to shoot this butterfly with its wings opened. Today got the chance. But the butterfly was not in pristine condition. Well, better than nothing, I thought. Trying Canon Backbutton autofocus and some ill-conceived diffuser setup made the process harder than it had to be. Most of the photos the bottom 2 eyelets were partially concealed by the forewing. This one luckily they were not.
Photo not technically perfect but thought worth a share.

1/200, f13, 90D, Tamron90mm, flash, handheld.

https://flic.kr/p/2mdU2f3IMG_0817---1280pix-for-NS by Darren, on Flickr

Hope u like the view and comments welcomed.

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:30 pm
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Definitely worth a share! I was expecting to see a pansy flower - but this is a beauty, even if not in pristine condition.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:43 pm
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I don't think the condition interferes with the lovely beauty of this butterfly. I can see why you would want to capture these exquisite colors, and did so very well.
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by Tom Whelan on Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:07 pm
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Fine capture of a beautiful butterfly - the "eyes" are stunning. They can't always be pristine...
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by clement on Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:05 am
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Beautiful one.. they are seen here in India too...
 

by david fletcher on Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:18 am
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Nicely done Darren. Can't be helped if not pristine. Like that sometimes, but you got it and took the opportunity and this shows the eyes off perfectly. You'll soon get used to back button AF.
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by Darren5907 on Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:40 am
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Thank u all for viewing and some kind words of encouragement. 

I guess ppl shoot for years then get one or two pristine ones, 
unless they shoot at butterfly farm, which are mostly pristine 
due to the controlled environment. 

I think Back button focussing is a good thing in some situations, 
but in this case where I am mainly going for a single action of AF and shutter release, 
it becomes unnecessary, even counter productive,  as there's movement 
when I switch buttons.  Ah well did not think it through beforehand. 
The eg they cited was waiting for groom to kiss the bride at the wedding.;) 

Thanks again all. :)
 

by ADKShooter on Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:08 pm
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The "eyes" are very hypnotic and draw you very much into the image. As someone who also enjoys shooting butterflies it's just a matter of timing the usual time they hatch in a known habitat and you're likely to get one that's pristine. In the meantime you did very well with this one.
 

by Darren5907 on Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:07 am
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ADKShooter wrote:
The "eyes" are very hypnotic and draw you very much into the image. As someone who also enjoys shooting butterflies it's just a matter of timing the usual time they hatch in a known habitat and you're likely to get one that's pristine. In the meantime you did very well with this one.




Thanks so much for the tip. :)
 

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