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Old Jul 23, 2009, 6:32 PM   #1
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From a visit to a local butterfly house specializing in native Southern California species.
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1 Common Buckeye
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2 California Dogface (the officlal state butterfly) nectaring
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3 Dogface sunning
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4 Dogface nectaring
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5 Mourning Cloak
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Old Jul 23, 2009, 6:35 PM   #2
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6 Mourning Cloak chrysalis
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7 Swallowtail chrysalis (don't know which one)
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Great photos, Penolta-

Very nicely done.

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Is it my eyes or do I detect a wee bit or oversharpening?

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Old Jul 23, 2009, 8:42 PM   #5
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Thank you Sarah.

Feroz- Where it was necessary to counteract motion blur (hand holding grab shots at up to 450mm equivalent of moving subjects) to get the detail I wanted, I sharpened as much as I felt was needed. Some butterflies never sit still. A couple are also extreme crops. It is a small place with a lot of human activity - and you can't set up a tripod on the narrow path even if you could make use of one.

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Great shots Penolta. Feroz must have better eyes than mine, 'cuz I can't see any hint of oversharpening. Or perhaps just a better monitor!
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Great shots Penolta. Feroz must have better eyes than mine, 'cuz I can't see any hint of oversharpening. Or perhaps just a better monitor!
Thanks mtnman.

"One man's pleasure is another man's poison." It is all in the eye (or monitor) of the beholder. I didn't think any were done to the point of being objectionable, or I wouldn't have posted them, but I did push the limits on two or three.

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May I ask where the butterfly house you went to is? I think it would be fun to visit one, just to see if I could do better than I normally do in the wild. The Common Buckeye is certainly striking - I wish I had gotten a better look at the one I saw 2 weeks ago.
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Those are nice, I have been to a couple of Butterfly houses and found it to be extremely confining and difficult to get good shots with all the people around along with the Butterflies never sitting still.

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May I ask where the butterfly house you went to is? I think it would be fun to visit one, just to see if I could do better than I normally do in the wild. The Common Buckeye is certainly striking - I wish I had gotten a better look at the one I saw 2 weeks ago.
It is at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. The butterfly house is new and has only been open for a few weeks. Only a few species of butterflies (what you see here, plus Monarchs which I have in my own yard) so far, with more due to emerge from the chrysalises they have bought from commercial breeders. They have lots of school groups coming through, so get there at opening time (10 AM Mon-Sat - closed Sun) before it gets crowded. Parking spaces are limited. Details are here:

http://www.encenter.org/

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