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Old May 26, 2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Butterfly in Lilac, E-PL2 Panasonic 45-200mm

Shutter priority - post processed from RAW, auto balanced and sharpened.


P5263292_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr


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Old May 26, 2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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The last shot is my fave although I would try boosting the color saturation a tiny bit and maybe tweek the contrast a bit. Nice job none the less.
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Old May 26, 2012, 3:54 PM   #3
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I like those shots, especially #3. Good job.
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Old May 27, 2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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This is a good lens and you just proofed it. Nice captures.
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Old May 27, 2012, 7:31 PM   #5
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Very Nice Shots ramcewan
I also like No 3
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Old May 27, 2012, 10:44 PM   #6
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Great subject and the camera/lens produced good images here. your compositions here are really good, it is too bad the stick detracts in the first two but the last one is as good as it gets?

I saw a same butterfly today when one flew out from a tree line I was walking. It did not stay out but for a few seconds then back into the bush. The swallowtails are magnificent butterflies and quit fun to see.
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Thanks everyone for checking these out and for your nice comments.

James - I tried boosting saturation a bit but it blew out the detail a little around the iridescent eye dots on the tail end of the wing (see pic 1 for example).

The 45-200mm is my go-to lens, staying mounted on the camera all the time. It will be interesting to see how much I use it now with the 70-300mm ... although I really like this lens (45-200mm) for it's fast focus and nice bokeh along with ease of use (fairly compact) and can't imagine ever getting rid of it.

Bob - I think number 3 is probably as good as it gets except the wing that is pointing to the camera is out of focus, but oh well for hand held I am happy. Till you said something I hadn't noticed the stick - my focus on the butterfly I guess I looked past it, but now that it is brought to my attention I see the distracting-ness of it


one more... I took 31 shots - 4 worth sharing is not a bad ratio for me


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....the last one here is a beautiful composition.
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....the last one here is a beautiful composition.
thank you, if it had the sharpness of the first set it would have been a clear winner. I tried several times to catch the butterfly just as it came over the flower like this, liking the way this looked, but alas only so often does everything come together when you are photographing nature's creatures as they move about. I'll have to wait until next year to try again as the Lilac blossoms are done for the year.

here's one more the leaf got in the way


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closeup crop it had it's whole head in the flower blossom

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