Thursday, September 07, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- My Butterfly Picture of the Season


Blogger micki said...

Well, it took almost the whole summer, but I got one. This butterfly must have just come out of its cocoon, or it was comfortable in the late afternoon sun. It hung around for at least half an hour before I stopped paying attention. It started off on some weeds, and then fluttered over to this twig to hang there. I took 27 photos, even stopping to change filters and such, and it didn’t mind my presence one bit. One day in the future I’ll post the last shot I took…the view from the other side.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max 400
Shutter Speed - 1/100
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:20 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

The background really compliments the butterfly wings! I think it's a Swallowtail. I have to give Jill the credit for learning that piece of information. :) I was trying to get a Monarch's opened wings the other day, but out of the countless photos I took, i still couldn't achieve what you have done here! Brilliant shot, as always, Micki!

I very much enjoyed yesterday's A Smile for Wednesdays! I wonder what your kids think of your site and talent? They must be proud of you! Are they interested at all in photography or following in your footsteps?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I like the fine detail and crisp image. Nicely done!
I'll look forward to the view of the other side!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Craig Wilson said...

Love the shot, looks like an older image.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Got to love butter flys!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

Very nice shot, how can you go wrong with butterflies? Great little creature aren't they? If I may be so bold, the "dirty" scan is a bit distracting, but I DO understand scanning..... that's the way it goes. Looking past that, this is a fantastic shot, so cool, new just emerged butterflies have the best color, you are so lucky to have found this guy!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Very beautiful!

11:39 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Very nice...gorgeous colours...8.25/10

1:00 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

OMG a swallowtail! Your grownup of my post of the beginning stage... green/black caterpillar!! YES they hatch from the crystalle stage and hang around until their WET wings dry off and then fly away to FREEDOM!You made my day with this image Ms Micky!!
A keeper for sure!!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Oh well, we call these butterflys "Schwalbenschwanz" and it's the largest butterfly in germany :-)

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely details, nice dof!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Svein-Frode said...

Good capture. Don't know if the background is composed to its potential though. The light and dark green areas might have been placed better in relation to the fly?

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Excellent! One of your best AND your scanner did a lovely job, too. It almost looks digital!!!



3:41 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Really nice. I just realized how used to digitally saturated colors I'm getting. This is nice and natural. Good shot Micki!


3:57 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Lovely! They are very tricky to catch. I haven't seen too many in my yard this year sad to say.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Still said...

A wonderful macro

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Jasp said...

They do have incredible patterns and colours, they always fly away from me...jsut don't have the patience to get a good shot :-(

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Fine shot of butterfly.
We have some of them here in France. his latin name is "Papilio machaon" I'll post one in a few days.
I love butterflies.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis is so Summertime!
Love it.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Butterflies are exceptional little critters and this one seems to be very cooperative, too, in this neat shot. Interesting what Naturegirl says about waiting for the wings to dry . . oh, we have so much to learn . . .

7:36 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Beautiful shot Micki. You were so lucky to find this one and have the opportunity to take so many photos. Do you have any where the background is mostly that really dark colour?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

This is great. My mind went off the track and I started hearing (in my memory) "I am the monarch of the seas" from H.M.S. Pinafore. Thanks for sharing this, even if it does indicate how addlepated I am becoming.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Susan Jones said...

such a beautiful shot!
incredible colors.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Heath said...

Great capture. I'm always jealous of anyone who manages to get a shot of a butterfly.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I love this shot Micki. The colours and composition, depth of field, blah blah blah, yeah that's all great. But what I love about it is how the butterfly looks like it's hanging on for dear life. That alone is priceless!

11:38 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Just love the colors on this. I also like your cheap little scanner. I think it really makes your shots unique.

2:45 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Beautiful capture ! Very colorful !

4:48 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Indeed gorgeous! This is THE butterfly picture of the season!

5:29 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

very beautiful and delicate

6:28 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The DoF placement of your subject here virtually elevates the new little critter out of the image and onto the surface of my screen here! Always a bonus when butterflies cooperate with the whole image making business.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

Looks like the sun's coming through its wings. Nice one. It's great when insects oblige - you can spend so much time chasing them around! :)

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Raymond Tse said...

That's a serious butterfly you've got there.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Wonderful capture! I wonder if we have butterflies like that in Belgium? Hmmm....

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Nice butterfly Micki. I saw a butter fly just like this guy right out side my window yesterday. But... I just saw him and didn't get the camera out.

8:25 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Lovely shot Micki....I'm terrible at wildlife shots...this is so good. Phil

10:40 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Beautiful pose!

9:57 PM  

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