Georges Dormoy  

Happy Hour Drinking by Georges Dormoy

February 2021 - Happy Hour Drinking

About the Image(s)

I took this photo in the greenhouse of the botanical garden of Montreal, Quebec. Each year, around April, we can access a space where butterflies can evolve freely among people. I found one which drunk orange juice and found that great for shooting a photo. I was equipped with my Nikon D800 with Macro Nikkor lens 60mm f/2.8 and speed of 1/60 at f/32. I used a Nikon macro flash R1 C1 which has 2 flashes mounted on the lens. This is great for having the correct light and at the same time a very small aperture to increase the depth of field. I used ISO 200. In fact the flash light was not directed to the butterfly but on the orange slice so as to use a reflection of this light on the butterfly and this gives a relatively soft light to it.

It was important that I make the focus on the butterfly’s eyes, because the eyes are quite exceptional. The advantage of using f/32 aperture is that the background becomes dark and prevent from having things which can distract our attention.

8 comments posted

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
What a shot! I've never seen a butterfly that "up close." Love the weird eyes, and the hairy, spider-like legs. Good for you for knowing how to capture this. I might have liked to see the rest of the body, but that would probably have lost this beautiful focus on the eyes.   Posted: 02/10/2021 16:30:36
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks or your comment. The original picture captured a larger area of the butterfly, but my censor having 47 megapixel (Nikon Z7), it was easy to crop without loosing in the quality of the image. This is the great benefit of Nikon D850and Z7.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:54:39

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi, Georges, and welcome to the group!

Thank you for posting this butterfly macro.

I find the crisp details in this image lovely and think that bouncing the flash off the surface of the orange to bathe the butterfly in soft light is very clever. Also seeing this natural behavior enhances my interest in this capture.

The sharpness of the proboscis draws my eye, as the contrast also appears to be the greatest in this part of the image. I think this is good because it highlights the behavior. Is that what you intended? I'm asking because you mentioned that you were focusing on the eyes.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:00:47
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks for your comments. In fact I wanted to get rid of any distracting pattern in the background and also make sure tht the macro flash does not overexpose the foreground.
I had to make a trading between getting the whole butterfly with no cropping or focus on a portion of it, at the expense of not showing thie entire animal. If I had the entire animal, I would not be able to have so much detail outlined of the head and the legs.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:52:32

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Georges, so good to have you in our group.
What a great shot with great detail and color. I really like the crop showing detail in the eyes and love the detail in the hairs, especially the ones in top of the head. Interesting color patterns in the wings. Great lighting and composition. Great image.   Posted: 02/10/2021 20:06:57
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks Dick. I think it could be pretty difficult to do these shots without an annular flash devoted to macrophotography. The annular or circular flash enables us to ensure a good and well spread lighting whilst giving us a chance to close apertude to f/32. My equipment is shown in the attached picture.   Posted: 02/11/2021 12:09:34
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Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Georges.
Glad you submitted something this month! Amazing image!
Spent a lot of time studying all the details and even looked up information about the hairs on the legs learning how they detect sounds,smells and tastes, etc...
Especially liked the way you showed the difference between the legs and the proboscis sucking tube. Also noticed how the coloring of the eyes is the same as that of the wings. What a great scientific study!
(Also enjoyed seeing the equipment used.)
Janet   Posted: 02/12/2021 08:26:37

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thank you Janet. Your comments are very instructive and I gain more confidence when reading your description or reaction to this photo.   Posted: 02/23/2021 11:16:47


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