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Old Jul 9, 2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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went to the zoo today to check out the butterfly exhibit. it's in a big tent-sort-of-thing, probably 10 yards wide by 30 yards long, full of plants, like a giant greenhouse. there are all sorts of butterflies inside, and they'll land on your head if you stand still for more tnan about a minute at a time... :G anyway, i've been wanting to get some pics there, and today i finally did...










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Old Jul 9, 2005, 11:22 PM   #2
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Very nice. Really like the first one it reminds me of a hang glider.
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Old Jul 9, 2005, 11:34 PM   #3
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Very nice. Really like the first one it reminds me of a hang glider.
Me too!

Allpics are excellent. Detailed and well composed. Order of preference; #4 and1 are a tie, then 3 and 2.

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Old Jul 9, 2005, 11:47 PM   #4
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here's one more i just couldn't resist... looked so much like a couple of little bombers ready to take off in formation... would've been nice if the rear one was a little sharper, but even with the blurred focus, i do like this pic! :G
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Old Jul 9, 2005, 11:59 PM   #5
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here's one more i just couldn't resist... looked so much like a couple of little bombers ready to take off in formation... would've been nice if the rear one was a little sharper, but even with the blurred focus, i do like this pic! :G
For a second, I thought you did a little phtoshop magic. But upon closer inspection, it's the real thing. Great capture!The wings of the two butterflies are perfectly parallel.

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Old Jul 10, 2005, 12:16 AM   #6
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I like the two bombers best...but they are all great.
Did you use a tripod?
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 1:36 AM   #7
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I like the two bombers best...but they are all great.
Did you use a tripod?
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i have a monopod i use for situations like this... steadier than hand-held, but far less obtrusive in a crowd than a tripod. i find that for most situations short of near-darkness, the monopod is adequate, and it's faster and easier to useand carry...


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Nice pics. I like the first best, although the flower is a bit overexposed.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 7:09 AM   #9
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The 2 'bombers' image is the pic for me. My (childish ?) imagination 'sees' other insects, forward of the capture, yelling the take-off commands. :-)

Re a monopod, I've never used one, but am thinking about it due to your noted restrictions of tripods. (Which I have)

I'm thinking that a monopod head would be a much simpler affair than one for a tripod. Am I correct on this?

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I'm thinking that a monopod head would be a much simpler affair than one for a tripod. Am I correct on this?

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if you use a ball head, yes.mine usesthe same sort of tilt/pan head used on most tripods, and although it can be a bit ungainly, it works fine, and saves me having to buy a new ball head, which can get pretty pricey. the monopod itself is by a company called "Photo Logic", and cost me $20 at Fred Meyer. it's a cheap one, but it's pretty sturdy when the locks are in place, and it's quick and easy to adjust. i find i take it with me most times when i go "photo-ing", unless it's eitherbright and sunnyor very dark... and up here in the NW U.S., there are a lot of days where it's not very sunny!!
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