Shot while their attention was diverted

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  1. Damien

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    Another macro. These are very common butterflies and they had other things on their minds when I approached them. I was very pleased with the results.

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    I hope you like them too. Cabbage White butterflies mating.
     
  2. MDowdey

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    very beautiful!!! how did you get the shot off without them flying away?

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    Great shot there!
     
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    Even with their attention on other things I must have chased them 50 yards across a field before I got that shot. When I first noticed them there was a young woman sat under a tree eating a picnic lunch and reading a book. A few minutes later after making a spectacle of myself I noticed she had left. She probably thought I was mad and dangerous. :? . The camera was hand held and I was struggling to balance but the bright light meant the shutter speed could be reasonably fast. I suppose I was a little lucky as well.
     
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    That is ace....i have to ask, was it film or digital? but whatever, a very good shot........
     
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    Its digital, taken with my Olympus C3040Z on macro setting with maximum zoom. I allowed the camera to automatically focus, set the aperture and shutter speed. I framed the shot using the screen, which was not easy as it was bright sunlight. I was bending down and holding the camera almost at arms length so I think a bit of luck was involved as well. The full size image is about double that size and has even more detail. It makes an amazing 10 x 8 print.

    I keep my minolta 35mm camera for emergencies and only use it occasionally as I always seem to get inferior results with that.

    Thanks for the compliments.
     
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    if only we could hang like that :lol:

    its a fabulous shot
    oh the day that i can do that hand held !
     
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    HAHAHAHAHA!!! :thumbsup:

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    manda instigator of pottymouthedness

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    aherm

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    Being a newbie I wasn't sure how to reply to your post so I left it for a day. I'm pleased to see you got the reply it deserved from MD
     
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    lol
    my apologies
    i will behave from now on

    it truly is a fabulous photograph though. im doing a course at the moment and someone asked our tutor about how to take shots of insects without them running off and he said that many are done in an almost "set up" shot, as its almost impossible to get shots like that.
    that they are enclosed and bred for the purpose of taking the shots..

    people disagree with that?

    i may have to direct him here to your picture methinks!
     
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    I know someone online who is a butterfly fanatic. I find it hard work to get a decent shot like that but he does it all the time. His secret is that he catches them in a net and puts them in the fridge to cool for a short time. He gets them out and puts them where he wants them. By the time he has taken 2 or 3 shots they warm up and fly away. It can be done both ways but the easy way is the "cheats" way. I may try it someday but I need to get a butterfly net first. Then I need to convince my wife that its OK to put insects in the fridge. That could be more difficult than what I do now. :wink:
     

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