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Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:08 pm
by Ironwood
I have some Blackeyed Susans blooming in my front yard. It seems this is a favorite flower of this little butterfly. The butterfly's wingspan is only about 1-1/4 inches. I've seen as many as 5 of these butterflies at one time on the Blackeyed Susans.

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Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:52 pm
by gtk
Beautiful, but isn't that a moth?

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:28 pm
by Bullie
I am pretty sure it is a butterfly. The knobs on the ends of the antennae are a characteristic of butterflies.

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:32 pm
by gtk
what kind of camera r u using ? I bought a nikon d5100 a while back, and have yet to figure out how to use it.. I just put it on auto & shoot.

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:50 pm
by Ironwood
The little butterfly is a Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos). At least that's what I was told. :) Bullie is right about the antenna.

My camera is an Olympus E-410 DSLR. The lens I used was a 40-150mm set at 150mm. The sun was very bright so I could use a setting of F-11 at 1/400th using an ISO 400 setting.

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:34 pm
by quigleysharps4570
Great pic Ironwood. Too bad you're not my neighbor so you could give me some training on pic taking. ;)

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:50 pm
by Ironwood
Yep, that would be nice Quig. I'd be glad to share what little I know about photography.

Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:10 pm
by flipper
Ironwood, are you self taught? Your photography is superb!

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:10 pm
by Ironwood
Thank you Flipper. Well I guess I'm mostly self taught. However I was lucky to be associated with some very good photographers. I've always enjoyed photography. I got my first camera at about 14. While I was in the Navy I got my first 35MM film camera. I had a black and white darkroom for several years. Since I have a color defect I learned long ago to forget about a color darkroom. :)

Here's two of my film cameras I used until digitals came along. The Bronica 6X6 belonged to Jim Watson. During WWII Jim set up the Coast Guard's Photography Department.
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Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:49 am
by jv
Great picture

I used a Pentax K1000 for many years till i lost it in a house fire....been looking to get a good digital camera but that will have to wait for a while.

Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:21 am
by flipper
jv wrote:Great picture

I used a Pentax K1000 for many years till i lost it in a house fire....been looking to get a good digital camera but that will have to wait for a while.

If you're not real serious about photography, a high end point and shoot would be a great choice jv. They have some wonderful ones on the market now. I've had a couple of different Sonys that I loved, but Canon, Nikon, and other brands are equally as good I feel sure. With the high end ones, you can get the long zooms and wide angles without having to change lenses and having a lot of extra weight.

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:40 pm
by Honey Bee
You take beautiful pics love to look at them .Thanks for sharing,

Re: Very Small Butterfly Up Close

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:12 pm
by Ironwood
Thank you Honey Bee. I'm glad you enjoy the photos.