Lori Azevedo  

Blue Morpho Butterfly by Lori Azevedo

July 2024 - Blue Morpho Butterfly

About the Image(s)

Our local zoo just opened a butterfly exhibit, and I could not wait to take my granddaughters with ulterior motives of shooting photos. This is a photo of a Blue Morpho Butterfly. When the butterflies have their wings open, they are a brilliant blue. It is the undersides you see there that that fool the predators with many eyes. You can see a glimpse of the at the top of the wing. My goal was to try and capture the beauty of the fingertip-type texture of the wings and also get the butterfly with open eyes. I struggled with how closely to crop still wanting to see the entire image of the butterfly.

I shot this photo with my Nikon D850. ISO was set at 400 with f2.8 and 1/640/sec.

Your comments are always appreciated.

3 comments posted

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Welcome to the group. Lovely shot with great details. You succeeded in getting its eye opened and in nice focus. Not sure if this is your original or a cropped version. I would remove the partial leaf in the lower right that is in harder focus as it's not adding anything to the image and the leaf immediately behind it is in much softer focus. Your wide-open f stop created a wonderful background, however, the wing closest to the viewer falls soft. I would assume your focus point was higher on the upper wing where the two wings meet. Depending on your background an f/4 or f/5.6 might have brought more of the closer wing into focus on the butterfly. Great camera choice, btw.   Posted: 07/05/2024 16:59:14

Lori Azevedo   Lori Azevedo
Thank you for your comments. I look forward to hearing for the group. Comments and critique are much appreciated. This is a cropped photo. Probably could have easily removed those leaves.   Posted: 07/05/2024 22:14:05

Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Welcome Lori. Nice shot of these elusive creatures. They are one of my favorite things to shoot also. I think your color quality is my favorite thing about this one - the light on the wings makes the colors pop and the markings stand out. I appreciate the sharp focus on the mid-section and especially the eye and antennae. But the hardest part of doing butterflies is getting all of the guys in perfect focus, and I feel there is a bit of drop off on the bottom and top of the insect.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:29:36


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