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Butterfly laying its eggs

Butterfly laying its eggs
Photo Information
Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Butterflies in Brazil, Insects in Brazil, Nature in Patos de Minas (fauna and flora) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-17 4:09
Viewed: 8543
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided to post this not because I think it is a picture that has a good quality (although it’s not such a bad one), but because of the moment that was captured. Here, a butterfly is laying its eggs by the margins of a dirty pond with still waters.

It was rather hard to shoot this. When I saw the butterfly landing by the margins of the pond, I immediately started shooting, although I was far away from it. Little by little, I got closer to the butterfly, and that was when the hard job began. In order to be close to the insect to get a macro, I had to go down a little slope. It wasn’t possible to stand on my feet, so that I had to sit on the ground and go down very slowly. As I had some progress, I got a shot. To go down the slope, I had to use my hands; the ground was very dusty and dry. Before touching the camera with dirty hands, I had to clean them, using my clothes. There was a time when I was really afraid of falling into the dirty, still waters, and I don’t know how to swim…

Despite that, I went on. While I was going down, I remember I found a little strange the behavior of the butterfly. Despite my shots, my movements and my attempts to get closer, the insect remained by the margin, flapping its wings, but without going away. Just when I was pretty close, although in a very uncomfortable position, I realized the butterfly was laying its eggs. I concluded that because of that it hadn’t flown away.

Since I was close to the insect, and it was laying its eggs, I started shooting and shooting, again and again. I used several settings; light conditions were not that great either. Even though, I went on with the shootings hoping to capture the exact moment the butterfly was laying the eggs. There was not a rhythmic pattern to be followed. I had to shoot as many times as possible, and, then, to root for a “coincidence” in one of the shots. This is the only one on which the eggs can be seen at the moment they are being laid.

The only thing I’m sorry about is I couldn’t use something faster than 1/200, in order to make sharper the laying of the eggs. Nor could I use f/7.1 or f/8, for instance, to get a better depth of field. Besides, although I considered trying another point of view, it wasn’t possible either.

(One thing that has just come to my mind: I could have tried to shoot the eggs…)

Apart from all these difficulties, I’m glad with the shot, and I hope you enjoy it too.

The butterfly was a big one, and if I’m not mistaken, I could see it flying around after laying its eggs.

I was at Mocambo Park, an excellent place to get some macros.

Luc, red45, Janice, thistle, dew77, carper, marhowie, Fisher, willie, PDP, Signal-Womb, liquidsunshine, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-17 4:23]

Man, forget about quality! This is SUPERB picture! Moment one for life :-) Great scene and you captured it well. I love those kind of pictures. Amazing post Livio!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-17 4:24]

A great moment captured, Livio. The quality of the photo is not important here. What's really count is it originality and this one is unique and rare. Your note describe greatfully the experience you have lived.
Thank you very much.

Very interesiting story and picture. thanks for this informations. You really caught wonderful moment! Thanks!

This image epitomizes what this site is about, 100% Nature, showing the world images that we just never see in our everyday concrete lives. It's beautiful. 'Well done'

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-17 4:52]

Livio, 100 points for effort, the resulting catch and for the story you wrote. Amazing to see what is happening here. As Luc said, 'unique and rare.' Thank you very much.

Very interesting post!
Nice composition and POV. Maybe the sharpness is not perfest but in this kind of photos its not the most important thing.
I like it very much.
Well done!

What a moment Livio,
I never seen this before, very good capture, from a special moment, good point of view, Very good note, great job

Livio, I like this one for the interesting description of your attempts at capture..It's what it's all about..not in the capture but in the "capturing"! ;-)) TFS!

What beautiful iridescent colors captured on the B.fly. having his doo as well. Excelent capture and at the right moment.
Well done on this composition.


Vice shot, good details, even if it's a bit noisy.
Well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-17 14:35]

Exceptional Livio. Great capture of the moment. Very well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-17 16:00]

To be honest I don't think it is laying eggs. This butterfly appears to be drinking water and I may be wrong but I don't know of any butterflies that lay eggs on water, I think it may be having a piss or poo. But that doesn't make it any less of a great capture. Not your usual quality but still very good. Well done Livio.

Great to see an image of a butterfly near water for a change Livio. The colours are wonderful and the composition good...very interesting read well done.

Livio, first of all you must learn to swim. I'm sure there are classes that adults can take in your country. Swimming is so much fun and the surf in Brazil is almost as good as here in Australia. Take the time to learn, you won't regret it.
Now to the picture. I'm not sure if its laying eggs or going to the toilet, perhaps you could find someone at a museum that could tell you for sure. No matter, the shot is brilliant, and you have done a great job in capturing it. Well done. The note is a very good story.

Wow, A fantastic moment captured Livio,
The details and sharpness are still good . What a great moment to capture, well done.
Thanks for posting

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