Judy Merson  

Mexican Longwing Butterfly on Railing by Judy Merson

August 2020 - Mexican Longwing Butterfly on Railing

About the Image(s)

I call this Mexican Longwing Butterfly on railing. I took it March 4 2020 at Butterfly World Ft Lauderdale I noted what a good day it was last month and in March. I used my Sony a 6400 camera with the Sony 90 mm 2.8 FE Macro lens. ISO 2500 f 3.2 1/320 sec
I used basic in LRCC then in Photoshop I cropped and cloned out distracting shots on the railing

9 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Very nice. I'm envious. This past week I wasted more than a hundred shots trying to get a decent image of a butterfly. No luck for me.   Posted: 08/04/2020 10:27:18

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Lovely photo with great colors, saturation and detail. What did the photo look like with the branch position changed to level? Nice work.   Posted: 08/04/2020 16:43:06

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Thank you for the nice comments
The butterfly was on a railing I did not straighten the railing I liked the slight angle What branch did you mean?   Posted: 08/04/2020 22:19:06

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Your subject is nicely placed in the image. The legs are very sharp, but I wish the head/torso were sharper. The wing positions are great. It must take a lot of patience to photograph these.   Posted: 08/08/2020 13:59:17

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Thank you Dorinda I found it a labor of love As I have said before it was a really enjoyable day!   Posted: 08/08/2020 14:36:41
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
We need those days now. Glad you had a good time!
  Posted: 08/08/2020 16:50:08

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
This is a very pleasing photo with stunning colors. The wide aperture used here makes getting the whole butterfly in focus very difficult. I have been there, believe me! I have gone to a larger lens to widen the dof and used more cropping with some success. I have also shot on a tripod with bursts while manually changing the focus in an effort to find frames that could be stacked to achieve overall sharp focus. A friend told me that he tries to shoot early in the morning and on cool days to find the butterflies less mobile. Your beautiful butterfly shots the past few months tell me you will keep at it,   Posted: 08/09/2020 13:09:20

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Thank you for your encouraging comments I will have to try your advised methods to get focus stackable shots I am not sure whether I can use a tripod but I can jury rig something with my walker Because of my bad hip I am totally dependent on the walker now But it lets me carry more gear and has a seat if I need to rest. I am trying to focus on the positive.
Butterfly World has reopened and since it is open to the air in most areas should be safe if everyone wears a mask
I prefer going when the butterflies surround me That way I not only have a photo shoot but an uplifting experience As you point out that time of day the butterflies do not stop that long which is why I went for large aperture very fast shutter speeds   Posted: 08/09/2020 17:10:45

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Great image! I agree with what everyone else shared. The colors pop and I like the composition. If anything, it feels a little grainy.   Posted: 08/12/2020 11:25:55


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