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Little Grey

Little Grey
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 2.0X
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Korea [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-24 7:20
Viewed: 4798
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little butterfly was hard to get a pictue of. The little thing was only 2 centimetres long and did not want to stop flying. I had my camera on the tripod but I didn't set it up properly to get this photo. I used the tripod really just to remove any vertical movement. I just didn't think I would have time to setup before the butterfly got on the move again. About 5 seconds after I got this photo it was on its way again. I guess, I compromised sharpness of the photo in order just to use what time I had and maybe get lucky.

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To snowfalken: Thanks for the tips.Matt-Bird 1 09-16 22:07
To pilonm: Thanks MichelMatt-Bird 1 04-24 09:19
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Hi Matt great colors, perfect DOF, POV, BG, perfect framing. TFS kyle

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-04-24 7:48]

Hey Matt!
Great catch of this butterfly, I have tried to catch some by myself but they allways fly away :)
Nice sharpness and collours, this blue colour make picture more interesting.

Well done and TFS

have a nice day! Tjaša

You did well getting a tripod set up to capture this guy. Personally I think a tripod is a waste of time for butterfly shooting, you usually only get a few goes at an individual and you can usually get enough speed hand-held and f4 or 5 usually gets you enough DOF.
Nevertheless, a good capture with good details. Perhap too tightly framed for my liking, but that's just my taste.

Hello Matthew,
Very well shot of this butterfly. I like the pov and bg a lot. I agree with sandpiper2, framing is a little bit tight. Thank you,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-24 8:29]

Hi Matthew
good colours,sharpnes and BG
Well done


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-24 8:54]

Hello Matthew!
Very nice close up.I liked POV,BG,colors and framing a lot.TFS...:-)

Hello Mattew,

Very good picture of the "Little Grey". I really like the brown bg surrounding the butterfly. pov and dof are perfect. The picture looks a little bit soft to me. A did a workshop to put more sharpness to your picture... I hope you'll like it...



Hello Matt,
very nice pose, very clear shining colours, sharp details.
Cropping to my taste a bit too close, but certainly a very pleasant, well describing shot of a hard to catch and very quickly moving tiny butterfly.
Thank you, and best regards,

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  • BHo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 20] (99)
  • [2006-04-24 9:47]

Photographing insects and small bugs does takes a lot of patience, hard work, and some sheer luck. I think you caught this little guy nicely. It's sharp enough to me after you post processed it. Good work, Matt.

I really like this one Matt, and having been there when you were stumbling around trying to take the picture was fun too. I also liked pilonm's workshop. Made a nice shot even better.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-24 13:58]

Hi Matt,
I think sharpness is good, just some fall-off towards the wingtip. Excellent colours and nice framing, very nice shot.

Hi Matt

Wonderful shot. Lovely butterfly. Good light, colour, POV and composition. Well done! :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-25 6:12]

Hi Matthew!
In fact your grey is Common Blue ;-) Very nice details and composition, slightly soft but not very much. I like it.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-25 8:22]

Another very nice butterfly picture. Very sharp, well composed and a very good background. Well done Matthew. Thanks.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-26 4:24]

Very good photo of this Lycaenidae!
Very good on colours!
Very good POV!

Hi Matt,

I see here a great macro photography of a wonderful Common blue butterfly. Using a tripod was no mistake. I use it most of the times when I shoot butterflies. Please don't mind me sharing this small tip with you because I shot hundreds of butterfly pictures and gradually came to this conclusion. I found it very useful (and it is probably the key factor in shooting butterflies which are active in daytime) to wait till one or two hours before sunset, when butterflies become less active and prepare for the nightsleep. They will rest quietly on a piece of vegetation offering you a perfect shooting session. You will have time not only to mount the camera on a tripod and setting it up for your perfect photo, but also to clean up the place around the subject from distracting vegetation (grass, leafs, etc). Plus you will have the time to shoot as many times as you wish, using the camera's built-in timer and using the natural sunlight which is very warm and beautiful before sunset. I still have some problems with focusing since I use a 200 mm telephoto zoom lens, but for now, I am happy with what I've got. This picture of yours is pretty sharp and has beautiful colors. I find the exposure great because for some reason I fail to expose Common blues properly. You did it well! Maybe you've framed the insect a tiny bit too close for my taste, buy I think this isn't a mistake, it's just a matter of personal preferrences. There's nothing much to say about the BG. It's blurred, has nice colors and makes a good combination with the blue color of the wings. A great job overall. Thanks a lot!
I hope you don't mind my little tip my friend and I'm looking forward to see new butterfly pictures from you using this technique. Please let me know if it works for you. Happy shootings!

Your friend,

Hi Matthew,

i love to see these butterflies
they are so collourfull.
This shot has it all
Shapness, collours, POV, DOF, BG, details are

TFS Thijs

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