Darcy Johnson  

Piano Key Butterfly by Darcy Johnson

November 2019 - Piano Key Butterfly

About the Image(s)

The Piano Key or Postman Butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) comes from tropical Mexico and Central America and was first documented in 1758. It is a slow flyer and poisonous to predators - in fact, it's coloration has evolved as an example of Mulleian mimicry and as a warning of its inedibility. This butterfly does well in captivity and explains why I was able to capture this photo when I attended our local Butterfly Pavillion with my 3 year old granddaughter recently. I cropped, removed a few spots and sharpened the image in Lightroom - ISO 80, 400 mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec.

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7 comments posted

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
This image works really nicely. The colors blend well together. The background is nice and simple, and your cropping is spot on. Very nicely done.   Posted: 11/04/2019 21:05:19
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
I debated a bit with the cropping because of the strip of light at the bottom. No one else (so far) has appeared concerned about that, so that's good. I appreciate the positive comments.   Posted: 11/11/2019 20:33:20

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Darcy, You have captured a very nice image of the butterfly and thanks for the description and the habitat details. I find in good composition and the colors blend well. I like the off-focus background that focuses the viewer's attention on the butterfly.
In my view the main body of the butterfly could do with a bit more sharpness.   Posted: 11/07/2019 14:27:55
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Arun, I agree with you and Bill about the sharpness of the upper body. I wish the right antenna had been raised a bit as well. I'm glad you liked it otherwise. Thanks.   Posted: 11/11/2019 20:40:39

Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 6)
Darcy, lost my first review. Hope I can duplicate it! I like your blur of the vegetation behind the insect. The vibrant colors work well together. The leaf beneath the insect is nicely focused. The only thing I could suggest would be to clone out the yellowish spots on the leaf below it.I agree the focus of the insect is a little soft, but it is sometimes hard to get good focus before it flies away and you lose it all. Nice job.   Posted: 11/10/2019 17:55:22
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt on the focus Bill! Interesting that as mentioned above, I was more worried about the strip of light at the bottom, so much so that I didn't recognize the yellowish leaf spots as a distraction. I appreciate your bringing that to my attention. That's something I can work on.   Posted: 11/11/2019 20:44:49

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
A lovely image of butterfly there. i understand the effort behind this Darcy. i myself was in butterfly park to shoot more than once. it was tough situation. you never know when they gonna take of.....everyone already covered the salient points already.well done darcy. love the compositio....
  Posted: 11/17/2019 12:50:15