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At the Zoo: Heliconian

By minainerz
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A Banded Orange Heliconian Butterfly (Dryadula phaetusa), to be exact. The orange on the wings contrasts beautifully with the pink of the flower. Yay!
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Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Focal Length
90 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 31, 2005, 3:42:26 AM
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easygimik's avatar
Another beautiful composition. Steve is right, you see the world through photographers eyes. Almost all of my suggestions would be more post processing.
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grugsterHobbyist Photographer
This photo has been featured here. [link] Very great one! :clap:
LeaInShadow's avatar
Not a bad shot at all. Excelent clarity and beautifully vivid colors. Only suggestion I would make is possibly choose a slightly different angle, either more up or down, as that might give a little extra kick to the macro. :)

Photography isn't my speciality though... so take that comment with a grain of salt :)
(linked in from lj)
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Yeah, angles and stuff are hard to really get right, because you have to move so fast to keep the butterflies from fluttering off to another flower. So, you don't really get that five minute setup to get just the right angle.

But I appreciate the comment regardless. :)
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frescendineHobbyist Photographer
Great focus, contrast and colors!
minainerz's avatar
Thank you so much, both for the kind words on the photo, as well as the favorite. Glad you enjoyed it, and I hope it brought you happiness to see such a happy butterfly. :)
ninjakittykat's avatar
how do you get the butterflies not to fly away?
minainerz's avatar
Generally, I end up handcuffing them to the flower.


Seriously though, butterflies are really unusual insects. They're not frightened by humans at all, so they have no problems with you sneaking up on them. That said, they're very flighty, and like to flitter around from flower to flower constantly. Some species are worse than others - there are some that are like hummingbirds - you can't shoot them at all. Others, like monarchs are very lazy, and don't mind you shooting picture after picture of them. Basically - I just follow them around from flower to flower, and hope that they'll sit still for 10 or 15 seconds so I can get a reasonably decent composition with them in it.
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baophotos Photographer
definitely a great one!!:D
minainerz's avatar
Thanks, and thanks for all the favorites. Very much appreciated - glad you like my gallery!
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stevesm's avatar
Very well caught. And this shot shows the quality of the D70 :-)
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Thanks, Steve. Actually, it probably has more to do with the lens (Tamron 90mm macro) than the camera, but my D70 appreciates the compliment. What'cha think of the rest of my gallery?
stevesm's avatar
You have some cool stuff in there. You obviously look at the world through photographers eyes :-)
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The compliment is much appreciated, as are all your comments on my work. Thanks!
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