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Old Sep 22, 2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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Can't see how you could have done any better Ronny!
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 10:51 AM   #12
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They look great to me. In a couple of your pics I might have preferred slightly more depth of field, as I find it a bit distracting to have part of the wing in sharp focus, and part out of focus. But that's a personal thing, and I'm sure there are others on this board who will say they like the selective focus on the wings. You did a great job of blurring the background, which you definitely do not want in sharp focus. Very well done.
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you have the same remark I had about them. The dof is hard to get when they partially close their wings.
I've tried today to get a larger dof but then the background is to recognizable. So now i'm trying to figure out where to focus. Normally I always try to focus on the eyes, but now I want to try on the top of the wing with enoug dof to get the eyes sharp enough.
Don't know how it wil work out but I'll post the results.
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 10:52 AM   #13
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Terrific shots, my favourite is No.2.

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Old Sep 22, 2009, 10:59 AM   #14
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i cant say i have ever got a decent butterfly shot
they either close their wings or fly away
depth of field is hard i find, you dont want the background to much in focus
number 3 is my pick, maybe crop it a bit closer
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don't stop trying, if they close there wings just wait. All of them fly away, its only that you can have enough time to come close and get a picture. These pictures have been taken from 45cm to 1m. Most insects don't see you if you can move slowly enough, and don't cast a shadow on them.
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 11:00 AM   #15
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Great shots Ronny. My votes for No 2.
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 11:00 AM   #16
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Thanks Dal,

these are the first set that can stand next to my dragonfly shots.
The more I go after one subject, the worse I seem to do with other shots.

Something I have to learn.
Glad I am not the only one to suffer from this.....
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 12:32 PM   #17
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Ronny, you are one stealthy fellow. I still feel that you are using hypnotism to get them to pose for you.

All kidding aside these are all wonderful shots!

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Old Sep 22, 2009, 12:53 PM   #18
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I don't know if people realize how small that Copper is. When you get close enough to get a decent sized image, the DOF is bound to be shallow. I really like the front view of it. In regards to the comments about the Painted Lady, that is not a particularly large butterfly either, although it is larger than the Copper. I have struggled myself wiith Painted Ladys which never seem to sit still long enough for careful focus. The Painted Lady always does not completely close the wings above the back, but often holds them spread and only partly raised (as in this shot and those I posted recently) so it is difficult to get head and wingtip both sharp from the side - as with human and animal portraits, the eyes have it - as long as those are sharp the picture should be OK.

These are very good shots, especially considering the subjects.
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Ronny - Can only agree with all the rest - these are great shots of a tough subject. Keep up the great work!
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 4:19 PM   #20
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Wow, the little b*ggers always seem to fly away when I try to get close. Plus I find macro a real pain so well done on 2 fronts!
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