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Peace prevails in the butterfly world. Lessons to learn.

Peace prevails in the butterfly world. Lessons to learn.
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Contest Finalist in Butterfly Wings Photo Contest
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Wings And Feathers Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Tiny Subjects Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
Feathers And Wings Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Feathers And Wings Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Animal Kingdom Photo Contest vol2Top 10 rank
Animal Kingdom Photo Contest vol2Top 20 rank week 1
Tiny Things In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Macro Captures Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Macro Captures Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Capture The Food Chain Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Two Of The Same Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Two Of The Same Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 rank
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 rank week 1
Small Wildlife Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Small Wildlife Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Everything Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Everything Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
Everything Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Amazing Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Amazing Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 3
Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
Macro Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Symmetry In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Macro Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Multicolored Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Multicolored Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Beautiful Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 20 rank
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Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 2
Macro Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Macro Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Beautiful Butterflies Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 1
Composing With Symmetry Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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The Food Chain Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
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Butterfly Wings Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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80 Comments | Report
valzart
 
valzart July 25, 2013
A beautiful shot :D
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 25, 2013
Thanks again.
MariposaRosa
 
MariposaRosa July 25, 2013
Awesome color and balance!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 25, 2013
Thank you much appreciated.
mylene_ralph
 
mylene_ralph July 25, 2013
Amazing capture, very well done.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 25, 2013
Thank you v much
SusanB
 
SusanB July 26, 2013
Awesome capture and not just the butterflies but also the plant. Great job!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 26, 2013
Thanks Susan for all the encouragement.
Batesrc2 PRO+
 
Batesrc2 July 27, 2013
Very nice.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 27, 2013
Thank you for the review.
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography July 30, 2013
Fantastic shot!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 30, 2013
Thanks for the review
Warlock
 
Warlock July 30, 2013
Amazing capture. :)
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 30, 2013
Thanks a lot
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair July 30, 2013
Great!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 30, 2013
Thank for the review Ali
DigitalDawn
 
DigitalDawn July 30, 2013
Very pretty, love that plant also very pretty. Great all around!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 31, 2013
Thanks much appreciated
DaveMount
 
DaveMount July 31, 2013
beautiful
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 31, 2013
Thank you so much
debbiecram
 
debbiecram July 31, 2013
Beautiful capture...
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 31, 2013
Thanks you V much
MRSY
 
MRSY July 31, 2013
Wow, this is beautiful, nice job!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 31, 2013
Thank you much appreciated.
rosemarieedwards
 
rosemarieedwards July 31, 2013
Absolutely beautiful! - the colours, the detail the DOF....
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 31, 2013
Thank you.
amb1946 Platinum
 
amb1946 August 02, 2013
Wow, what a beautifull shot!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 02, 2013
Thank you V much
HaliSowle Platinum
 
HaliSowle August 03, 2013
Nice shot of these two monarchs!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 03, 2013
Thank you very much.
borisworkshop
 
borisworkshop August 04, 2013
Lovely catch! I love butterflies! Well done!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 04, 2013
Thanks so much
senka
 
senka August 04, 2013
gorgeous butterfly and great capture
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 05, 2013
Thanks for the review. Appreciated
jrsosky
 
jrsosky August 06, 2013
Beautiful work!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 07, 2013
Thank you v much
MireilleLeurs
 
MireilleLeurs August 07, 2013
Beautiful color and nice composition!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 07, 2013
Thanks for the review. Appreciated,
JudyAnn Platinum
 
JudyAnn August 08, 2013
Wonderful macro work, Ruwan!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 09, 2013
Thanks Judy, really appreciated.
Milliemoments
 
Milliemoments August 15, 2013
Wow! This is beautiful!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 15, 2013
Thanks Millie.
disneymamom PRO+
 
disneymamom August 15, 2013
everything is right in this photo in my opinion. beautifully captured. I'd like to hear your lessons to learn on this.. blessings..vote
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 15, 2013
Thanks again for the encouragement. I have a macro 100mm 2.8f IS USM Canon lens and had a lot of luck that day. I use high speed burst shooting and fill flash at -1/3 power. My focus button is customised off the shutter button and I use continuous focussing while keeping the shutter button pressed. This way I concentrate on composition and have a good number of images that can be used. This image was captured in RAW converted to TIFF and processed in PS CS5. Regards. Ruwan
lekahuie PRO+
 
lekahuie August 22, 2013
nice colour!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 22, 2013
Thanks a lot.
cmuller
 
cmuller August 23, 2013
Wow, this is beautiful. Excellent composition. Love the colors and definition!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 23, 2013
Thank you v much.
derekheslop
 
derekheslop August 24, 2013
Excellent image. Great detail and colour, very vibrant.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 24, 2013
Thanks much appreciated.
ajaysolanki
 
ajaysolanki September 01, 2013
Thanks for the Comment... Yes it's almost the same and the positions is also same. Very nice click.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 01, 2013
Thanks what a coincidence. ..
Vance64
 
Vance64 September 03, 2013
Great timing and good capture.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 03, 2013
Thanks again.
sisirakumarabandara
 
sisirakumarabandara September 03, 2013
Excellent...
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 04, 2013
Thanks again
fernveda
 
fernveda September 07, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 07, 2013
Thank you.
SusiStroud Platinum
 
SusiStroud September 11, 2013
Sooo beautiful, and such clarity and bright colors. Excellent shot!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 12, 2013
Much appreciated.
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 September 11, 2013
Gorgeous!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 12, 2013
Thank you v much.
collaptop
 
collaptop September 19, 2013
Wow, amazing colours.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka September 19, 2013
Thanks much appreciated.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 02, 2013
Lovely capture! Great detail and color!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 02, 2013
Thank you.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 02, 2013
Please feel free to join my Butterflies are Free project! I will send you an invite!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 02, 2013
Would love to.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita October 03, 2013
breathtaking! Superb in all ways.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 03, 2013
Thank you so much.
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 October 04, 2013
Wow!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 04, 2013
Thanks you.
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan October 18, 2013
Incredible macro detail, magnificent colours and wonderful pattern. Splendid capture.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 18, 2013
Thanks much appreciated.
khunthumsi
 
khunthumsi January 07, 2014
Wonderful
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka January 08, 2014
Thanks so much.
carlosramos
 
carlosramos March 06, 2014
Wow,simply beautiful, Voted good luck my good friend !
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka March 06, 2014
Thanks so much.
carlosramos
 
carlosramos November 08, 2014
Voted !
IsabellaD Premium
 
IsabellaD June 07, 2015
Awesome capture, great detail, envy lens, voted in Butterflies and Moths !
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka June 07, 2015
Thanks so much appreciate your support.
rosemarieedwards
 
rosemarieedwards July 04, 2015
A lovely shot, great colour and definition.....voted butterfly wings
Rosemarie
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 04, 2015
Thanks for the support and most appreciated.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 July 15, 2015
Congrats Ruwan on being a finalist!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 16, 2015
Thanks for the support. Really appreciated.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 15, 2015
congratulations on the award Ruwan .. beautiful image !!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 16, 2015
Thanks for the support. Really appreciated.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 July 15, 2015
Wonderful composition, fabulous colors--just full of vibrancy and life. Congratulations on being a finalist!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 16, 2015
Thanks for the support.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 15, 2015
2 for the price of 1! Congrats on being a Finalist with this beautiful shot, Ruwan!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 16, 2015
Thanks for the support.
AHogue
 
AHogue August 01, 2015
Beautiful!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 02, 2015
Thanks Anita.
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal October 14, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 08, 2015
Thank you so much. Sorry for the delay in replying.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 November 05, 2015
Voted Coexist
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 08, 2015
Thank you so much.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis November 11, 2015
Beautiful shot, and presentation:-)
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 11, 2015
Thanks so much.
ElaineCatlingPhotography
 
Superb macro work absolutely gorgeous
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka May 22, 2016
Thanks for the review.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 19, 2016
voted Two of the Same
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 13, 2016
Thank you so much.
bobdee Ultimate
 
bobdee July 19, 2016
very nice shot!!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 13, 2016
Thank you so much.
yogeshmalviya
 
yogeshmalviya September 03, 2016
great shot!!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 30, 2016
Most appreciated. Sorry for the delay.
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos September 03, 2016
Nicely done!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 30, 2016
Most appreciated. Sorry for the delay.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 September 29, 2016
Congratulation on your award
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 30, 2016
Most appreciated. Sorry for the delay Ester.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 October 09, 2016
voted Soft
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 30, 2016
Most appreciated.
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal October 30, 2016
Congratulations on your teatured award!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 30, 2016
Most appreciated.
sarahmirkin Premium
 
sarahmirkin December 20, 2016
Such a gorgeous shot! Love the detail and clarity... nicely focused and such gorgeous butterflies against a beautiful background! Awesome macro! What lens did you use? I'm surprised you were able to get such clarity at only 1/160... they move so fast that they can be challenging critters to get in stop motion haha.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka December 21, 2016
Thanks for the review. I used a 100mm 2.8f IS USM Canon macro lens. Captured this early morning when they have not warmed up enough for fast flight action. Also they tend to return to the same flower repeatedly, so i focused on the flower and waited for a landing.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 February 24, 2017
Voted Composing with symmetry
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 12, 2017
Most appreciated. Sorry for the long delay.
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 July 12, 2017
Lovely capture
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka July 12, 2017
Most appreciated.
Skippy31
 
Skippy31 February 12, 2018
Amazing.Your gallery is inspirational.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka February 12, 2018
Thanks for the encouragement.
carolyns
 
carolyns May 29, 2020
What a beautiful photo Ruwan! Great to capture two in the image!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka May 29, 2020
Most appreciated
jessochoa
 
jessochoa August 16, 2020
gorgeous
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka August 16, 2020
Thank you so much
Eduardbetz Platinum
 
Eduardbetz October 16, 2020
Breathtakinly beautiful !
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 16, 2020
Most appreciated.
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci October 20, 2020
Fabulous capture. Don't know what kind of flowers they are, but oh so beautiful. Congratulations on being featured as well as other well deserved awards.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 21, 2020
Thank you so much for the encouragement.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL October 29, 2020
Exceptional macro photography,excellent colors and bokeh
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka October 29, 2020
Most appreciated.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 March 02, 2021
Voted Tiny Things in Nature
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka March 05, 2021
Thank you for the support.
debralecompte PRO
 
debralecompte June 10, 2021
Your work is beautiful!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka June 10, 2021
Most appreciated.
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal June 22, 2021
Congratulations on your Top shot 2021, Featured and finalist awards!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka June 22, 2021
Thank you so much.
hollywoodleon
 
hollywoodleon November 03, 2021
Gorgeous
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 03, 2021
Thanks for the review.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 November 15, 2021
Voted Tiny Subjects
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 15, 2021
Thank you for the continuing support Ester.
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal November 17, 2021
Hi Ruwan, Congratulations with your first place on the Tiny Subjects Photo Contest. Well done!
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka November 17, 2021
Thank you for the encouragement.
WJKAEPHOTOGRAPHY Platinum
 
Stunning work! I love how you’ve balanced the contrast! 👏🏻🤍🧡
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka Mar 20
Thank you for the encouragement.
peterkimani
 
peterkimani Apr 23
Great picture.Well captured.
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka Apr 23
Thank you for the review.
HuaweiP30Lite
 
HuaweiP30Lite May 20
Monarch Butterflies?
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka May 20
Yes, some call them tiger..
estercastillo08
 
Beautiful shot , voted Wings and Feathers
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka May 21
Thank you for the encouragement.
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
Absolutely gorgeous shot
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka Jun 18
Most appreciated.
Therealsteve
 
Therealsteve Sep 20
Outstanding
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka Sep 20
Most appreciated.
msd0707
 
msd0707 Sep 20
Beautiful and bright colors 👌🏽
RuwanFonseka PRO
RuwanFonseka Sep 20
Thank you for the encouragement.

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken in an open air butterfly garden at the main childrens' hospital (Lady Ridgeway Hospital) in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Time
This was captured early morning just as the sun was rising around 6.30 am.
Lighting
I used ambient lighting and on camera flash as fill lighting.
Equipment
I used my Canon 7D camera with a 100mm, f2.8 lens, IS, USM macro lens. I also used the on camera flash to fill light.
Inspiration
Butterflies are so delicate, colourful and innocent that they are featured in so many children's stories and adorn most of the walls of children's hospitals. They are mostly seen as groups of the same species. But these two of different types, peacefully sharing the same sprig of bloom I felt taught a lesson to all of us young and old, black or white.
Editing
I shot this on RAW and processed in PS CS6. Sharpening and slight saturation with contrast and brightness adjustments were done.
In my camera bag
I pack my bag according to the shoot I have in mind. For this image I only needed my Canon 7D, 100mm f2.8, IS, USM lens with lens hood. Always an extra battery and Extra extreme Cards for storage. If I am on a longer trip I have in addition, L70-200mm 2.8f, IS, USM, 10-22mm lens, L24-105mm IS, USM, 16-35mm IS, USM lens, 600ex RT speed light with its radio trigger, Cable release, Lee big stopper filter, Lee ND graduated filter set, Canon Extenders (1.4 and 2) .Manfrotto Tripod and a 5D mark III body
Feedback
Butterflies are fast flyers with jerky movements making a sharp capture more difficult. As they are cold blooded the best time to capture them is early in the morning, before their bodies are warmed up by the rising sun. I use back button focusing in continuous focusing mode at spot focusing. This makes focusing more efficient. White balance is kept as auto, and I shoot in AV mode. Widest aperture allows me to come down on ISO for better quality images. I use high speed burst shooting to keep up with the movements. Butterflies return to the flowers repeatedly, so you need not run after them all the time which disturbs the entire location. Staying in one place focused on a flowering sprig for them to come settle also can be used.

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