07.06.2020-2 The highlight of my morning.

I headed out this morning with Canada Lilies on my mind.  I found one plant that apparently is running a bit late and only had buds, no open blooms yet.  Others have posted images on Facebook of them from different locations so someone is bit tardy.

On the way to that spot, I photographed grasses with dew and dewy spider gossamer as well as a few insects…and a selfie in a dew drop…later on that.  🙂 After all that I headed back toward the car and saw a butterfly flitting across Brickyard Meadow and gave chase.  Every time I put the tripod down off it would go, finally dropping down into some grasses where I guess it thought itself hidden.  I found a small opening through the stalks and made a couple of images with the 180.  Then I put on my 2x extender giving me 360mm and almost a frame filler.

Appalachian Brown-Satyrodes appalachia

Canon 5D Mark IV, 180 macro+2x Tamron Extender, f/16@1.3 sec, ISO 100, tripod, slight crop to square.

It’s a bit darker than I would like.  The light, what little there was, is behind the butterfly and I could only bring that up so far in post-processing without it getting a washed out appearance.  I did have a reflector but was far enough away that it probably wouldn’t have done much except possibly scaring it off. For once I wish I carried a flash.  🙂  But the detail is retained and everything is pretty sharp.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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51 Responses to 07.06.2020-2 The highlight of my morning.

  1. Littlesundog says:

    I’m not technical at all when it comes to photography, so I think you did a fantastic job here! I’m not familiar with this butterfly, but what a beauty! I love that shimmer of dew in the background. What a lovely image, Steve.

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  2. melissabluefineart says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I used to see these at Illinois Beach State Park and love them. Just look at the stripes in the eye! This is a stunning image.

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    • I placed the centre of my focus on the head to get both the eye and the hairs as sharp as I could and fortunately I was parallel enough for everything else to follow. Thank you, Melissa.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        It isn’t easy getting such a crisp shot of butterflies and, as I remember, these guys in particular don’t like to hold still. Although my experience with them was closer to noon, when it was warm and the dew had burned off. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoy this image. 🙂

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      • Yes, the closer to noon and either side they do get more active. That is one reason why I like shooting in the early morning although they are harder to find then hiding beneath leaves and such.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Do you have the eyed brown as well? When I was monitoring I’d see one species on one side of the trail where it was drier, and the other species just yards away where it was wetter. They are hard to tell apart.

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      • Yes, we do although I have not photographed one as of yet.

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    With such a good look, you can see that it is a brushfoot butterfly, and appears to have only 4 legs. Interesting, that.

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  4. I think it’s beautiful.

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  5. Who knows what a flash would have done to the dewdrops on the leaf…as is, the backlighting really brings out the dew. I love the muted colors. Excellent.

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  6. The lighing looks real good to me, Steve. Beautiful butterfly, and wonderfully captured. It looks similar to one of our Ringlets (Aphantopus hyperantus).

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  7. Gorgeous capture, Steve! Worth waiting for him to select that tucked in spot.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    WOW! Absolutely gorgeous, Steve!

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  9. What a beautiful creature, and one I’ve never seen. Ten bullseyes, I think you got a great shot.

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  10. I’ll say it’s sharp. Nice going.

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  11. krikitarts says:

    I’d call this a total success. I really like the deeply-saturated earth tones in the wings and their decorations. The detail in the eye is fascinating, and the little dewy drops provide the final dot beyond the eye.

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    • The eye was my focus target but happily was parallel so all else followed. I had photographed this species a couple of times before but this is the better of the bunch and I was quite excited to capture it. Thanks, Gary.

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  12. Geezo peezo. Pretty sharp indeedo. Congratulations, Steve. You got ‘im.

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  13. melissabluefineart says:

    Will you be putting this on your Fine Art America page?

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  14. shoreacres says:

    It’s been rare for me to see such a perfect specimen in past weeks; the few butterflies I’ve come across have been tattered and torn. This is a gorgeous image. I especially like the texture of the wings; the scales are so clear and crisp, and the pattern’s especially beautiful.

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    • They are pretty fragile and catching sight of one this pristine is great luck. I generally don’t chase them for very long because after a while I’d guess I am stressing them and also possibly interfering with their procreation which is pretty much what their life is all about as an adult. Thanks!

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  15. I think it’s perfect, Steve. The amount of detail and the pattern are amazing. Such a beauty!

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  16. Todd Henson says:

    Very nicely done, Steve. Sometimes it seems these little creatures are playing games with us. They know what we want and move off just before we can get it. So great job sticking with it!

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  17. Ms. Liz says:

    The butterfly captured so well in this photo is a joy to look at Steve! Amazing.

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  18. Dave Ply says:

    I like it with the soft light. That detail shows the advantage of lugging around a tripod – if you can get your subject to sit still for it.

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    • Thanks, Dave. A tripod does make a difference but…there are occasions when it takes too much time and the subject moves or is gone. I have done a bit more hand held lately because of that…monarch butterflies don’t stay put for very long.The Mark IV allows a much higher ISO because of noise improvement so my shaky hands are forgiven a bit more.

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  19. bluebrightly says:

    Fantastic! What a beauty this one is. I like that the image is subdued as a whole – it seems to be in keeping with the butterfly. Your skill at getting the perfect focus is really impressive. Years of practice! I’m glad you went off after it and glad it stayed there long enough for you to make this photo. Really wonderful.

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    • Thanks, Lynn. While comments about having a good camera are sometimes a bit unfortunate, equipment can make a difference and I am appreciating the Mark IV more each time out. Not only the increase in pixels but the quality of them is very rewarding after putting in the effort.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        It’s true and I’m glad you’re enjoying the camera. I do at times think about switching to something like that, but the extra weight wouldn’t work well, and what an investment it would be, changing camera, lenses, even things like battery chargers. And I know I still have room to grow with the system I have.

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      • Oh, if I had to invest in all that then I’d not have done it either, Lynn. For the reason that it was the latest and greatest, back in the early 70’s I bought a Canon F1n. Since I had all the lenses from back then I stayed with Canon. If I had to replace everything we’d have to sell the house…not really. If it was theft or accidental I do have insurance.

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