Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Flowers: Butterfly


OK, I know this is not a flower, but a constant string of flowers canbe overwhelimng - I have seen several blogs and Flickr sites which post nothing but flowers and it becomes difficult to differentiate between them eventually.

I spent some time in the butterfly house at Blenheim Palace last weekend. Here is my favourite shot from the many I took.

bcw among others has asked what camera I used for these pictures.

I own two digital cameras (I now shoot exclusively digital) an Olympus C50Z which I have owned for two and a half years and a Nikon D70 which I purchased end of July last year. The pictures on the site are about 50:50 with these cameras. This week so far I have posted pictures which i took on Sunday using my new toy which is a 90mm Tamron Macro lens. They were all taken using apertrue priority to control dof and have only had adjustments to contrast, sharpness etc. The exception is Frilly Orange where I tweaked the shadow contrast in my RAW converter to give the black background (I suspect this is curves in PS). As discussed extensively, I generally try to produce an image of what I saw albeit more vivid and larger than life, though I am beginning to experiment with my own creations - mainly colour tweaks.

For the past couple of months I have started shooting exclusively RAW. To process I use RAW Shooter Essentials (which is free), GIMP (which is free) and Paint Shop Pro 9 (which is a snip conmpared to Photo Shop - I do not use pirate software)


Blogger MP said...

I wonder how this pic looks like in large format, it should be even more amazing. Great result.

6/7/05 09:38  
Blogger F. Vissault said...

Beatiful butterfly macro, Ian! I have commented this one on flickr too!

6/7/05 10:24  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

picture perfect i must say .. i love everything. the black n white butterfly with the tiny bit of red, and the pretty green ferns (?)

6/7/05 11:56  
Blogger ChickyBabe said...

Love the detail you've captured! Simply brilliant.

6/7/05 11:56  
Blogger Ronalyn said...

WOW WOW AND WOW! can't get any better than this, oh wait a minute, it's you.. yes it can! I have to say.. you chose an incredible pattern to photograph.. How beautiful is this.. I love the contrasting colors of black, white, with a dash of red.. Wow! This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! Keep them coming!

6/7/05 12:49  
Blogger Kim said...

What a gorgeous butterfly... and I'm sure the butterfly house was incredible. I know what you mean about flower shots, even though I'll be putting up some flowers today, LOL. Thank you for sharing info about your camera and techniques. And I have to say I appreciate your comment about pirated software... I work for a large software company and people don't realize what goes into R&D for these products. I don't have PS either, but I am saving for it. At least I can get student pricing through my husband.

6/7/05 13:04  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

I've heard that butterflies rest on flowers with their wings "up" while moths rest with their flings out flat (like in this picture). However, this one seems way too pretty to be a moth, which means your timing was great to catch him with his wings open like that.

6/7/05 13:07  
Blogger Rock Kauser said...

Nice image Ian... the blacks are nice and vivid and the whites are not washed out. Hard to get that combination. The focus is spot on. I think I like the shadows from the antennae the best - gives a nice dimensional feel to it.

Did you notice that the blurred fern/green at the top of the image seems to be mimicking a butterfly?

6/7/05 13:46  
Blogger jane said...

Beautiful capture!

6/7/05 13:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow..detail is awesome...very nice color tone...i like it a lot!

6/7/05 14:26  
Blogger Srikar said...

First time here. I like your blog. The shots are very well done. Awesome macro!

Will surely come back here.

6/7/05 15:23  
Blogger lynne said...

Wow! That lens did a great job with detail too! This is a gorgeous shot.

6/7/05 15:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These macros of yours are fabulous, Ian!

6/7/05 15:48  
Blogger Joel said...

I like the two red spots...

6/7/05 15:54  
Blogger Potpourri said...

Perfect. The colours are wonderfully contrasting..Also the fact that the axes of the butterfly and the fern are perpendicular to each other is somehow enhancing the beauty of this shot.

6/7/05 15:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, you've captured every detail beautifully. And its colour stands out so well against the green fern. Love it, and yes, would make a great poster.

6/7/05 15:58  
Blogger pk said...

Ian, gorgeous pix. Oh i love my tamron macro too. Thats the lens i use a lot. For processing i use Nikon Capture(i have the trial version of it rt now) and PP. have to try the otehr two you have mentioned.

6/7/05 16:03  
Blogger makuahine said...

Butterfly houses are so neat! And this is an awesome shot of one of these little guys - they sure don't like to stay put, do they?

6/7/05 16:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Such a change from brightly colored butterflies

6/7/05 16:52  
Blogger malinda said...

Beautiful! The detail is awesome.

6/7/05 17:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Tamron lens is awesome. The colors and sharpness in your shot are perfect. Were you able to use a tripod, or was this shot by hand? I know our local flower/butterfly house doesn't allow tripods, and it can make shooting very difficult with the low light.

6/7/05 19:54  
Blogger August95 said...

I really enjoy your view of things. I just spent some time in your fliker pages. Wonderful and inspiring.

6/7/05 21:25  
Blogger Adventuring through Florida's WILD life! said...

Nice clear pic. You don't identify the species. Is this the famed killer Zebra-red-spot whose touch can cause severe skin irritation and in some trigger fatal heart-attacks even days after casual contact? Or is it merely its harmless cousin, the Zebra Red-Ruse?

(just joking)

6/7/05 23:16  
Blogger vishnoi said...

dont know why, but i have been a witness to loads of butterfly shots in the past week.. but i find the black in this the most striking :) nice shot!

7/7/05 00:12  
Blogger A Little World of My Own said...

Oh what a spectacular sight......I've never seen anything quite like it before. It's rather enchanting....keep up the good work.

now a fan,

PS: What is RAW?

7/7/05 04:01  
Blogger genedavinci said...

sharp! i like the 2 tiny orange spot which kinda give some highlight to the pic. wonderful photo. wonderful...

7/7/05 06:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stunning. That's one of the most beautiful butterflies I've ever seen. Well done.

7/7/05 06:30  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was very excited to get my very first butterfly shot recently. Yours is so lovely.

8/7/05 02:05  
Blogger Califfoto said...

Gorgeous shot. You have greatly mastered the depth of field here. BTW, thanks for stopping by my website. Truly flattered by your kind words

8/7/05 02:32  
Blogger Unknown said...

Superb shot of a Lime butterfly.

8/7/05 10:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. I love butterflies but find I have a hard time getting them to land long enough to get a good photo.

8/7/05 20:06  

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