Different lit butterflies

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  1. doenoe

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    Since i just got the Cactus flash trigger i thought i would play with something different lighting in the butterfly garden of Amsterdam zoo. I had the camera in one hand and the flash in the other hand. Wasnt too easy sometimes and i probably looked like an idiot when taking some of these shots, but i dont care :mrgreen:
    Anyways, here are some of the results of the different light test on butterflies
    #1 This is a butterfly wing lit from the back, thought it looked pretty cool
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    I think the test was a succes :)
    Thanks for looking and if you want to see more, you can go to my site (www.daanschouwe.nl)
    Greetz Daan
     
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    Very nice work! I like them all. I like the shot angle as well as the lighting angle. Creative.
     
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    Very nice! I especially love the silhouette in #9, and the clarity of #10. Fantastic work! #1 is also amazing, the detail in those wings really makes you respect the billions of insects around us... Love the composition in these shots too!
     
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    how did you do the black background and what lense are you using? very cool stuff
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup: Nice. :)
     
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    I believe he uses a sigma 105mm
     
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    Nice work, Daan. The third one looks grumpy. really like #9. nice lighting.
     
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    #3 just took my breath away. cant say ive ever seen a butterfly up that close and personal. and you can literally see the dust on its wings
     
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    The great work continues! Keep it up
     
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    That was the plan, to get some creative lighting on butterflies :D Thanks for the reply
    Yeah, bugs can look beautiful when you take the time to look at them. And i just like to give people the chance too see that :) Thanks for the comment :D
    Cheers. I use a flash and the camera is set up with 1/200 ISO100 and F14. If i didnt use a flash, the pic would come out dark. So the flash helps to expose your subject. You just have to make sure there is nothing behind your subject, like a leave or twig. Then you get the black background. And i use a Sigma 105 2.8 Macro and a speedlite 430EX
    Thanks :)
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    Thanks Matt :)
    Thanks for the compliment :D
    Thanks TC. Good too hear from you again. Havent seen alot of your work lately.........but that's also because im rather busy too and dont look at all the galleries anymore :)
     
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    Very well done. They're all winners, but my favs are 5 and 8.

    A macro lens is high on my priority list.
     
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    I managed to sneak up on a butterfly today with my macro lens, but these put me to shame!

    We've all seen butterfly shots, but these definitely feel unique and original. For me, the moody shadows and patterns created by the lighting (especially #7 and $9, wow!) really make these stand out.
     

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