Charaxes candiope Green-veined charaxes

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7 years 8 months ago #19661 by JGB
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On a recent trip to Highlands Wilderness near Bela Bela, Yolande found this chap near a stream, with a little patience she was able to get close to it to get a photo.[attachment=1:1k7znr15]<!-- ia1 -->IMG_0651 (Large).JPG<!-- ia1 -->[/attachment:1k7znr15]

And so that you can see how one photographs a butterfly...........[attachment=0:1k7znr15]<!-- ia0 -->DSCF5108 (Large).JPG<!-- ia0 -->[/attachment:1k7znr15]

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7 years 8 months ago #19670 by Dave Shedman
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An excellent photograph, must be a superb macro lens to be able to focus as close as that! Also amazing she was able to get so close without scaring it off, I never have such luck with butterflies.

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7 years 8 months ago #19671 by JGB
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One thing that I have learnt with macro photography is that bigger is not always better. Muk and druk cameras get just as good results as SLR's in good light conditions. It is only when the light is not that great that an SLR with macro lens and ring flash starts kicking butt. The getting close is half the fun with photographing butterflies, makes for some great photos taken while one is in the most awkward positions. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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7 years 8 months ago #19683 by nkgray
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I much prefer 400m at 1.8m distance. A lot easier. Don't have to scare the subjects away. Just need very good light and have to be as nearly as possible perpendicular to the butterfly - whether sideways on for folded wings, or almost above for open wings - for depth of field issues.

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7 years 8 months ago #19690 by Dave Shedman
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That's the only thing I miss about my old Fuli Finepix S602Z compact, the macro function was superb. The lens could be practically touching the subject and still achieve great focus.

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7 years 8 months ago #19723 by JGB
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Neil,

I agree that a good zoom lens is a help when photographing butterflies. I have found that it is good for large species such as Charaxes and Diadems etc, but when one starts photographing the things like Lycaeniae (The Blues, Coppers etc), one needs to get in close for decent detail. This little critter is about 25mm in size and was taken with a Fujifilm Fx31d (a little muk and druk).
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