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a Swallowtail

July 28 2005 at 12:44 AM
bob62  (Login bob62)

 
http://www.pbase.com/bob47/image/46820935/original (80kb)


(either pbase or network54 is having trouble with this image/link)



Cropped, some cloning, downsized, & USM.

Bob


    
This message has been edited by bob62 on Jul 28, 2005 12:48 AM


 
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Clifford
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A PERFECT PICTURE!!!---

July 28 2005, 1:34 AM 


BOB, only once in a blue moon do I see a picture that I wish I had taken. IMHO, this is one of those. I can't see any way that

it could be improved. You want to have a BIG print made and hang this beauty on your living room wall! Well done Mate.

Cheers!
CLIFFORD
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bob62
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thanks Clifford,

July 30 2005, 2:07 PM 

your words mean a lot to me, thanks.
That shot was not my first choice from the series.
It became so, after your reaction and others here.
Maybe the odd angle of looking up, seeing the body
against the wings, sort of 3D, made it special.

He was flying with a female. Didn't get a good shot of
her, this was the best:
http://www.pbase.com/bob47/image/46886605/original


(re:promise, technically speaking, "of these" meant of him,
so of "her" didn't count ... no I'm not a lawyer..)

Bob

 
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Jim Hunt
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Really nice job! (nt)

July 28 2005, 1:42 AM 


 
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Michel Lamontagne
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Nice picture

July 28 2005, 2:58 AM 

Is this one a cousin ?


 
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bob62
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Old World Swallowtail ?

July 28 2005, 11:04 AM 


 
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Michel Lamontagne
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or...

July 28 2005, 12:41 PM 


Papilio polyxenes asterius Stoll Black Swallowtail ?

http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Butterflies/english/gallery/index.html

 
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bob62
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yep,

July 28 2005, 9:48 PM 

you nailed the ID Michel..

Bob

 
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David Gray
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Well done, makes me want to head back to...

July 28 2005, 3:19 AM 

the butterfly exhibit by my old house. Unless I get the opportunity out in the wild so to speak, but very rare/difficult.

 
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Karol
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BEAUTY!

July 28 2005, 5:04 AM 

Love this photo. - What does "cloning" mean?

 
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bob62
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thanks Karol &

July 28 2005, 10:50 AM 

the clone tool takes a patch of your photo and merges that
patch into the area under the mouse cursor. it is used to
fix-up obvious flaws, etc. In this shot, my framing was a bit
to high which left the tip of his tail clipped off. I expanded
the canvas downward 100 pixels (white) then cloned downward
to add in the bottom edge. That is a very difficult use of the
tool but more likely it is used to heal a wort or wash out
a dust particle on the DSLR sensor.... I use PhotoImpact 10 from
Ulead so the names might be different than Photo Shop.
Bob

 
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bob62
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thanks all & another one,

July 28 2005, 11:02 AM 


 
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Jason
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All great shots

July 28 2005, 8:44 PM 

I presume you used a tripod, or no? I was looking through some of my butterfly shots recently, they certainly pale in comparison to these.

Jason


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bob62
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thanks Jason & on-the-fly,

July 28 2005, 9:36 PM 

(pun intended) was very quick to get into position before
he darted off. Having a 300mm macro helped because the
distance was typically 4 to 8 feet, far enough not to
spook the Swallowtails. Was timing his wing action, seemed
he would land open winged then close - stay closed, then
fly of to another flower. So the key was to anticipate where
he would land, get into position for a good background,
focus, shoot, re-focus, as fast as an OF can...
Glad the neighbors weren't watching, just confirm their
suspicion that I'd already wandered off the deep end.

Add to this, the heat was near 100°F with 90% humidity.
No place for a tripod. Oh, and the 20D had been inside which
put its surface temp at 77°F, ie, the front lens and viewfinder
fogged up after a few shoots. But it was worth it...

Bob

 
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Jason
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Exceptional work then

July 28 2005, 10:06 PM 

For handheld at those focal lengths, these are amazingly sharp. I can't hold that well for sure.

Only 107 w/ 19% humidity here today. T-storms tonight, so it might be quite muggy in the morning if we get a lot of rain. Hang in there.

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bob62
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this is close to what I wanted,,

July 28 2005, 10:30 PM 

full wingspan, but the right wing is tilting up OOF.

http://www.pbase.com/bob47/image/46858732/original


Bob


(last one of these, promise..)

 
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Jim Hunt
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We all want narrow depth of field...

July 29 2005, 7:54 PM 

until it bites us like that. Still a nice shot. If you can anticipate where a butterfly will land, you're a better man than I am.

I have the fogging problem here, too. One time I resorted to a hair dryer before taking the camera outside. Better to put the camera outside in a plastic bag for a couple of hours, before you shoot. Then leave it out of the case when you bring it back in long enough for all the internal condensation to dry. But who can anticipate two hours ahead that the perfect butterfly photo op will happen?


 
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Julie
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I'm jealous ;-)

July 28 2005, 6:28 PM 

Hi Bob,

It is indeed a beautiful shot. Congratulations! You should submit it to a nature photo contest! Just out of curiosity...in the lower right corner, what are those straight edges that seem to form part of a hexagon?

Julie

 
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David Gray
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Looks like background leaf's center lines up...

July 28 2005, 7:00 PM 

perfectly with a foreground ones edge in the foreground.

 
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bob62
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agree,

July 28 2005, 9:46 PM 

a sharp (in-focus) edge of one leaf cuts against the other
blurred colors around it. That is confusing, now that I see it.

Bob

 
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