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Open-wing Capture

Open-wing Capture
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-19 23:52
Viewed: 3613
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are many species of butterfly that don't rest with their wings open, which only allows a photo with the wings in the closed position.

Such species include some Hairstreaks, some Whites and Yellows and some browns. When the weather is hot many species that normally have their wings open when resting keep them closed in order to minimise heat gain. This explains why it is difficult to take shots of tropical Lycaenids (Blues and Coppers) with their wings open.
The reverse is also true of some species of Brown, like the Meadow brown and Ringlet, that normally rest with their wings closed but when it is cool and they want to warm up, they have their wings open.

The Moorland Clouded yellow (Coleas palaeno) always rests with its wings closed (WORKSHOP). The only time we can see it with the wings open is when it is set in a collection or in a butterfly book.

This species is fairly common on boglands north of Scania in Sweden and NE and Central Europe, as well as alpine meadows. The larval host plant is various species of vaccinium.

So in order to capture this species with the wings open, one must do so in flight. This is one of several attempts at the largest unspoilt bog in Southern Sweden in the province of Småland, Stormossen.

Here the female is chasing a male. The male is yellower than the female. This happens with several species and is quite logical as only the female knows when she is ready to be fertilised.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 5 meters with the camera hand-held, is pretty heavily cropped and fairly noisy after size reduction and sharpening, but it makes a point and may be of interest to butterfly photographers.

Jamesp, Christopher_PL, jmirah, jignasi, nainnain, gannu, anel, haraprasan, cataclysta, angybone, PaulH, Aaltjie, Silke, JORAPAVI, Luis52, rousettus, XOTAELE, jaycee, phlr, henrique, marieproue, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-20 0:07]

Hi Ivan

What an amazing action shot - a bit blurred,but that imparts a sense of movement anyway.



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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-20 0:28]

Hello Ivan,
how did you achieve this picture? It is admirable! This year, I could observe numerous C. palaeno in the north Italian Alps - busy butterflies! So, I was able to take only one or two pictures of low quality. Therefore, congratulations for this 'rare' shot!
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Ivan
It's really amazing picture! I've never tried to make a picture like that! Could you write something about the converter you've used?


Hi Ivan,
Interesting photo. A great capture of two butterflies in flight. The detail and focus is excellent, it looks as if the lead butterfly has stalled waiting for the other to catch up. Very well done.


Buen trabajo Ivan, yo también sigo unas especies similares a Lysandra ,,, que es imposible ver sus bellas alas azules si no es en vuelo por lo que comprendo la dificultad de tu fotografía y aún más hecha desde tanta distancia : 5 m .....
Enhorabuena !!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-20 1:26]

Hi Ivan,
an excellent shot.
How did you get two in midflight!!
All the sharpness you could want with good movement.
Well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-20 1:38]

Hola Ivan,
oportuna captura,
sensacional trabajo y detalles,

bonjour IVAN*
quelle chance nous avons de pouvoir partager ce super sujet!! 2 a la fois en plein vol, c'est génial, belle luminosité, bonne note, bravo
merci a toi, amitiès

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-20 2:08]

Hi Ivan, I dont know how you manage to capture two in the same shot. No words to express. Excellent. Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-20 2:24]

Hello Ivan,
That's really an original picture! Bravo. It is so vivid, it is so light.. and I don't mind the noise. Excellent note too.

Hi Ivan,
A very nice concept of capturing these when courtship. Very nice details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing. Not so easy to get these.

Hi Ivan
Fantastic action shot. I like that kind of photos. Very good job and informative note.
Best wishes

In flight!!! WOW! I've tried and tried to get something like this but I end up with pretty colored blobs. ha ha
I think the blur is perfect...gives the feeling of forward motion. I like it! :) Great shot.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-20 5:06]

Hi Ivan,
a truly awesome shot, the light green hue running through the entire image is beautiful, and to catch such a well presented moment in time is very impressive I don't think the slight noise detracts from this at all in my opinion. Interresting note too, very well done.

Now your getting cheeky Ivan, butterflies in flight - amazing. I can imagine there were many attempts before you got this one, but that's the beauty of digital photography; just hit the delete button.

Considering how hard this is to do you've done a great job.

Well done, the challenge has been made. It will be interesting to see if anyone else can do half as good. When summer comes here I'll give it a go.


Hello Ivan

I did not have the opportunity to critique any photos lately as I have been in hospital with pneumonia.
First of all thanks for the interesting note provided with this posting. I always read information like yours given through once or twice, and make sure I understand what I have learnt . Like always I enjoyed the information given tremendously.
This is an action shot, which one does not see often, because we are so used to see butterflies with spread open wings as if they where posing for the shot. This capture is something totally different, and I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-20 5:43]

This is delightful! I love the action here and the notes to explain it are superb.
Great colours and composition

Hej Ivan
Really cool butterfly action shot! Colorful and sharp with nice BG.

Hola Ivan,
Excelente toma de gran dificultad en su ejecución, gran nitidez y muy completos detalles de las dos mariposas, gracias por compartir estas fotos nada comunes. Saludos
José Ramón

hi ivan,

very beautiful action shot in my eyes!wasn t easy to catch this!


In flight butterflies...Ivan, that's new!
Good work...

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-20 12:54]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-20 14:56]

Hola Sr. Ivan. Exelente Macro. Las Mariposas lucen bellamente las dos. Me agrada su composicion. Luis52.

Hi Ivan,
really amazing capture. great image with action, POV, colors, details. good notes also. Bravo. Thanks.
best regards

Hola Iván.
Una impresionante captura, con unos detalles excelentes.
Buen bg y agradable encuadre.
Saludos, JL.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-20 18:41]

Hello Ivan

She is really barrelling down on that guy.Excellent sense of motion and well captured.The composition is well done.Despite the difficulties you have managed an excellent shot.A very inspiring shot.TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-20 19:00]

Hi Ivan,

Superb capture of these two in flight! It gives the impression that they are traveling together. Great timing to get this. Wonderful focus and details.

Leaving on a trip tomorrow. I'll be back to catch up.


Bonjour Ivan
Excellente prise, toutes mes félicitations

Ola Ivan.
Belissima imagem !!
Impressionante a precisão. Cores, maravilhosas.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-25 14:15]

Hi Ivan,
Brave capture of the upper side of the wings. They seems weightless creatures. Good details, exposure and timing.
TFS, José M.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-27 10:42]

Hi Ivan,
This is great, in flight, what an excellent timing you had!
It seems this must be the only way to capture this specie because as you said, the almost do not sit down.
Great colours and well done.
tfs Paula

Hi Ivan,
a very charming scene, and an in flight capture of a couple of butterflies in strikingly good quality. Both partners clearly focussed and frozen in motion - captured with fine details from a distance of 5 meters: that sounds like exceeding limits. Well trained in taking birds from the distance you received a most remarkable result in capturing moreland yellows, and perfectly well showing their sexual dimorphism and courtship behaviour.
As you say - to show their upper side of wings under natural conditions, yellows have to be taken that way. What a challenge, indeed.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Very nice flight capture of the palaeno. I find it very difficult to get good focus on flight captures.

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