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.: Painted Lady in Lavender :.

Painted Lady butterfly in a patch of Lavender.

--== Equipment ==--

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 400

--== Contests ==--

Submitted to :iconnaturecrazy: Butterfly Contest [link]
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Gellidius's avatar
i got a funny feeling that tells me this one is a bit overexposed... but i may be wrong as it's small enough that details are not prominent.
it's still a very nice image though.

by the way, do you use an incident light meter? just curious...
jon-rista's avatar
I always use the built-in meter on my camera, usually in spot metering mode. The photo is not over exposed, however it is exposed fairly close to the highlight limit (according to the histogram). Butterflies are tough to catch, as they are always on the move. I believe I was just using Program mode (mostly automatic with the ability to adjust exposure compensation +/- 2 EV), so it should be exposed correctly.

The butterfly in this shot landed right in a beam of light, which is why it has kind of an odd dynamic with the background in shade.
GamerWorld14's avatar
Such clarity in this shot. Very nice detail, glad you could share this. :D :+fav:
jon-rista's avatar
Thank you. :D It does have a lot of clarity, almost too much. Was a lucky shot. ;)
GamerWorld14's avatar
How long were you chasing around that butterfly? Definitely lucky to get this result. :D
jon-rista's avatar
Not too long, maybe 5 minutes. I've started using AI Servo focus for my macro and close-up shots. It isn't particularly great on my cheap 450D (its a lot better on, say, the 7D), but it is better than trying to manually focus when there is a breeze.
1001G's avatar
how are you liking that lens..........100mm?
jon-rista's avatar
The lens is great. Canon's 100mm Macro is perfect for these kinds of shots.
1001G's avatar
im seriously considering it
jon-rista's avatar
I highly recommend it. If you like macro work, and have an APS-C sized sensor, its an ideal focal length. The 100mm USM is pretty cheap these days too, around $450 to $500, which is a GREAT price. The newer 100mm IS USM L is a bit better, as it has image stabilization, but it costs twice as much. IS may or may not be useful at really high magnification and close focus it might not even be worth it. ;)
1001G's avatar
I thought it had the IS. I saw the L one too and I cant see paying for a lens that is more than the camera even though I would love to have a L lens of any kind.
jon-rista's avatar
There are two 100mm Macros from Canon. The original 100mm f/2.8 USM, and the new 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM. The original costs about $450, the new one costs about $980.

A word about lenses...they are FAR more important than the camera body. A camera body may last a couple years before either its shutter fails (they have a limited lifetime) or you just choose to upgrade to a better model. Lenses, however, should last a lifetime...possibly even longer. Used lenses are a huge business, and some of the best lenses are older lenses from top names like Zeiss...some 50 years older or more, and many still work on a LOT of camera bodies these days. A quality lens is timeless, where as cameras continually change. In the grand scheme of things, its better to invest money in lenses than camera bodies.

I wouldn't worry about a lens costing more than your current camera body. The Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens is a great lens, and is useful for more than just macro photography. Its at a useful telephoto focal length, and is great for portraits or some general photography as well. The IS can be useful in those scenarios. If you think you can get some use out of the L-series macro, I would definitely go for it. Its a FAR better and longer-term investment than any camera body.
1001G's avatar
Now that I think about it that does make sence. I have about 5 old lenses I need to get rid of. They were for my old canon (non digital) so they are heavy. I bought a adapter for them to fit on the digital but since they are heavy I decided not to use them
paulakatarina's avatar
Beautiful! I love the colour contrast... :D

I take this was shot with flash?
jon-rista's avatar
Thank you! :) The color contrast turned out great, however I missed a better shot with a yellow butterfly. I would have loved a shot with true compliments. :D

As for the lighting, it was taken late in the day, and the sun was shining through the trees directly on this butterfly when I took the shot. It was pretty lucky.
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