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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-12-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/50 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-28 5:17
Viewed: 5606
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What I know about insects is what I have learnt in the movies "A Bugs Life" and "Antz". Seeing all these beautiful photos and comprehensive notes have got me hooked. I will not be able to post comprehensive notes on this topic, but If anybody can help me with a name, I can research the insect in question and hopefully learn. I used my first digital camera (Sanyo Vpc-AZ1)to take this and have done some post processing on this - Cropped and softened the grainy background. It was late afternoon and there were three or four of them around - this one was the only one to sit still for long enough. My wife had a good laugh at me trying to take this - The camera only had a 3X optical zoom!

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hello Japie.
Very good butterfly you have composed here. Good colours, good dof, really nice.
I have made a little WS for you and I hope you like it.

good job Japie

Beautiful butterfly you've captured, but I can't tell you the name - don't know many SA butterflies..
If this is hand held at just 1/50 sec, you have my compliment for getting it this sharp. With the 300D I don't think you'd needed go that low with the onboard flash on, I often shoot at manual settings of F-13 or F-16 and a shutter of 1/200 or 1/160 + onboard flash and get decent results with that on bugs that aren't too far from the camera.
There's a spot of overexposure on the wing, you might avoid that by placing a white paper over the flash to soften up the light.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-28 6:30]

A nice shot.
Composition is good, but sharpness, colors and DOF are great!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-28 9:04]

Good stuffe considering your camera. Good detail in the wings and nice colours.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-28 13:49]

If i have the fact right, this is a Common Dotted Border, Mylothris agathinia, 58-75 mm wingspan. M creamy white, F pale yellow. There are nice field guides available on lepidoptera, the butterflies, try CNA.
As for the picture, very nice, only the whites on the wingtips are a bit hot. Also, a more tilted pose would have improved the impact of the composition., Still, very nice picture.

Nice one Japie. Callie is spot on. (Agathina)

I stand corrected but I think it is Swaziland's national butterfly and even featured on a postage stamp of Swaziland.

Thanx for sharing.

Very, very good capture of this butterfly Japie. Great composition and the contrast to the dark colours in the well blurred background really sets him off. You did a nice post processing and a great job.

j'adore les papillons je ne sais m'empecher de venir voir le votre, il est très jolie, avec ses tâches sur le bout des ailes...je n'en ai jamais vu de tels...merci pour le partage...est-ce un mâle ou une femelle???...les couleurs sont bien rendues, malgré un léger flou...bravo BI

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2004-08-05 8:56]

Superb "butterlanded", nice colors. If I read well your note, it's not a macro? which is some times better because with a zoom you don't affraid the insect.
Well done.

your butterfly is Mylothris rueppellii haemus, do you think so ?

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  • sito (68)
  • [2004-08-18 20:32]

I guess we have the same kind of this butterfly, the diff is the color of the wings. Maybe you can look at it later :) Nice shot & DOF!

Hi Japie. I'm new too at taking shots of insects, and will find it hard to identify them. Glad you are posting your photos here. This one is very well composed, the whole body showing from the tip of the antenna to the bottom of the wings. This has been taken very well considering you hand held the camera. And your wife must have really enjoyed seeing you trying to get this close to it. Very well done.

Japie, I did a WS for the PoV only.

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