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David and Goliath

David and Goliath
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Copyright: Serge Gagne (sergegagne) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 1 N: 136] (401)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF75-300 III USM, Cokin Skylight UV Neutral 58mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-18 22:58
Viewed: 5384
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Owl Butterfly
Caligo eurilochus

This is another one of the butterflies that I photographed during my last visit at the Montreal Botanical Garden, where visitors can attend a special event, called «Butterflies Go Free». One can admire a good number of specimens of tropical butterflies and morphs species that were released in one of the Garden’s greenhouses. That greenhouse has been customized to meet the butterflies’ and moths’ essential needs and keep them healthy. The temperature, humidity and light are kept just right, and platters of fruit and nectar-bearing and other plants have been provided for the winged guests to feed, rest and breed on.

The Owl Butterfly ( Caligo eurilochus) belongs to the family Brassolidae and the order Lepidoptera. It lives in South and Central America. Its wingspan varies from 10 to 13 cm (4 to 5 in).

When I cropped the image, I saw another insect above the butterfly that I had not seen at shooting time. The big difference in size between those two is the reason for the title of my posting. I thank you for viewing and hope you will like.

EXIF data

Image capture at 3:27 pm under a sunny sky faded through the greenhouse canopy
Exposure mode: Aperture priority
ISO 200
Use of a monopod (use of a tripod being forbidden in the greenhouses)
Focal length: 155 mm
Metering mode: Pattern


Close cropping
Levels / Saturation / Contrast
RAW / TIFF / JPEG for Web at TN size

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The details you've captured here are amazing, including the "little" insect. Wow, hard to imagine the small size of it. WEll done.

It's a nice capture Serge,
Not the big one but the little one. I think that I had made here a cropp half on the big one for a better balance, but I like the effect. good job anyway. Gr. Jaap

Voilà une chouette photo. Avant même d'avoir vu le titre, j'ai pensé à David et Goliath. L'effet est saisissant. La pose des deux insectes est parfaitement synchronisée et le cadrage en accentue la valeur. Beau travail.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-19 4:04]

Excellent macro shot!Very close look to an owl butterfly!
Details,title,light,notes...very good.TFS
(points later)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-19 4:12]

Wow, this is very up close and personal Serge. The fly and the butterfly - true David and Goliath. Their poses are perfect. Good compo and details. TFS.

Halo Serge!
J'aime ta photo. C'est tres interesting papillon et j'admire ta title! Et regarde les yeux...

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-19 5:59]

Très bonne macro, la pose des deux insecte est et l'éclairage sont parfaits. J'aime bien que l'on voit beaucoup de détails, la photo est nette. Peut-être un peu trop de grains dans limage.

Félicitations et bonne journée.

Nice one Serge, this comparison lets as see just how huge the Owl butterfly really is. Very nice capture and well done.

Serge, Very good details in your close-up profile shot, fly included. I like the vertical framing also. Well done!

Un travail très soigné, Serge.
On voit bien d'où il tire son nom, ce papillon.
Une composition toute personnelle. Le passage de l'ombre à la lumière est un régal visuel. Je ne voit pas de défauts (malheureusement ;-)).
Pour le plaisir j'ai fait un atelier: David contre Goliath.

Très bonne photo. J'aime bien la position similaire des 2 insectes. Très original.

Great, interesting ideia, very original indeed.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-20 20:16]

Bonsoir Serge, Quelle belle composition on a vraiment l'impression que le papillon est géant !
Bonne macro, couleurs et détails fins.

Bien fait !

This kind of photo is why I love to take pictures. Of course, I haven't done so well yet. It is always a reward when you get to see it full size and find that surprise element that you hadn't seen at the time. This is very well captured, Serge. Congratulations and thank you.

Wonderful macro!
Sharpness,details and DOF are superb.
Very well done!

Nice ca[ture Serge,
An excellent title to a fantastic shot.
Superb details and clarity.
Thanks for posting

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