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Swallowtail Portrait III

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By dalantech   |   Watch
Published: May 17, 2020
I bought a kit so I could raise a few Swallowtail Butterflies (Papilio machaon) and this is the first one to emerge from a cocoon. I tried to get some shots of the second one I had, but it took off right away.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (4x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT with a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe on the "A" head (the key), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Clarity in that order. To get the depth that you see in this image I focused on the critter's proboscis and then twisted my wrist to lay the area of acceptable focus over as much of its eye as I could. So it's my technique that's making the difference and not the lens. The level of detail is also due to the quality and angle of my light.
Image size
6000x4000px 3.52 MB
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 11, 2020, 12:18:31 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 18.0 (Windows)
Sensor Size
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Amazing Detail! Especially on the hairs.
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Neulich-orgProfessional Photographer

Wow. Thats a boom! I tried the MP-E and the handling was so difficult.

That Butterfly - Well done! :)

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Swallowtail Portrait III by dalantech    When the 2nd Swallowtail butterfly immediately flew away, did you yell after it, "Come back! I OWN YOU!:iconbutterflyplz:  :icongrin--plz:
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dalantechHobbyist Photographer

At ten Euro each, and me feeding them for more than a week, you'd think that they'd be a little more grateful ;)

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monsterbirdartHobbyist General Artist
Nice look at that tongue!
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