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Old Apr 23, 2012, 2:17 PM   #1
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Default ....it was 'Earth Day' & the butterflies were fluttering, so

I went to a nearby park, these are some of what I saw, great morning with the E-3 & ZD 70-300.

The Cabbages are fresh, profusely fluttering and not beat up like they will be in another few weeks.










.....I love shooting the natural colors of spring





The bull-thistle is as pretty as any.


....even a grass in good light is fun for me


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Old Apr 23, 2012, 4:28 PM   #2
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Very successful shooting there Bob. Nice colorful springtime shots and all are keepers. I especially like the way you captured the white butterfly in #1: it has good detail and yet no blow-outs, even with an all-white insect. Well done.
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 5:18 PM   #3
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Great series of shots Bob. I'm with Steven on the Cabbage white.
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Excellent, Bob! I gotta go with the consensus on that Cabbage white.
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Great job and as the others have said wonderful on controlling the exposure on the white butterfly.

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I also agree that they are all good but that first one is particularly noteworthy because of the difficult exposure. What's maybe not so good is the company this agreement puts me in...

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....thanks all for the kind remarks. It was wonderful day to be out, a very bright day and a stiff breeze.

For the past several months I have used the E-P3 mostly but this day I decided on the E-3, still my favorite (yes, even over the 50-200) lens for park critter shooting is the 70-300 for either camera when the day is as bright as this one was.

For this outing I chose SP mode, set the speed to 1/1000 - 1/2000 and fiddled with EV.

There were shots that ISO went higher than I might have chosen, had I paid attention, but the end result images gave me some new-look files around the data noise that I like. For the heavy to carry hardware this may become my standard for 'bright summer' days.
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As for the the 'white' exposure, thanks again for the comments. Here, the Cabbages are new and fresh, very pretty, in a couple weeks they won't be so pretty. The larger butterflies are beginning to show, I've seen quite a few Monarchs and a couple Giant Swallowtails in the past two weeks so summer is upon north central Texas.
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BTW, the whites shown above are female. Without research..... do you know how to tell a male from female amongst the cabbages?
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BTW, the whites shown above are female. Without research..... do you know how to tell a male from female amongst the cabbages?
? The female does the grocery shopping and the cooking???
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Default Fantastic set

Hi Bob,

What a great set you posted, lovely colors and detail.

The second picture is my favorite.

Great job.


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Marcelo, I appreciate your comments and thank you.
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Steven, your are nearly correct but not for the Cabbage butterflies. The males have but one(1) primary spot on each wing while the females have two(2) on each wing.

I know very little about butterflies in general but I do reviews for ones that are new to my photographs and usually find a trait that I can recall and once I read about the spots.
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