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Orange Tip 01



Taken on holiday in Scotland while at Caerlaverock WWT using a monopod.

Taken on holiday in Scotland while at Caerlaverock WWT using a monopod.
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deborahberry
 
deborahberry November 06, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
deborahberry
 
deborahberry November 06, 2015
Very Unique butterfly...goes great with the flower. Nice capture
Lane_Christina Platinum
 
Lane_Christina November 07, 2015
Beautiful creature!
Sviety
 
Sviety November 11, 2015
great macro shot
SSKOKSAL
 
SSKOKSAL November 12, 2015
Beautiful
picture-by-intense
 
picture-by-intense November 12, 2015
really a wonderful creature...
obekiakidollah
 
obekiakidollah November 16, 2015
NICE CAPTURE AND THE BUTTERFLY SO UNIQUE
heavenlyraine
 
heavenlyraine November 17, 2015
Great shot and beautiful butterfly!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins November 23, 2015
how beautiful! I've never seen a butterfly like this!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt January 11, 2016
fabulous detail capture! love the lovely quality of colour and processing!
yourlily
 
yourlily February 04, 2016
Oh what a beauty....I've never seen one like this before.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 November 08, 2016
Amazing details...Congratulations!
cmorisset PRO+
 
cmorisset November 09, 2016
Beautiful! Congrats
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo March 13, 2017
Excellent
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon July 17, 2017
great result as Finalist in Macro Butterflies .. congratulations
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi July 17, 2017
amazing capture. never seen one like this
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi July 17, 2017
congrats
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald July 17, 2017
Beautiful!

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken on the Caerlaverock WWT nature reserve in Dumfries, Scotland
Time
This was taken in May about 15.45 hrs, and was one of the last images Itook that day and was just before we were about to leave.
Lighting
The lighting was overcast so perfect for macro, and as it was later in the day at that time of year there was a very slight hint of warmth in the light.
Equipment
For this shot I used my monopod with ball head attached, Pentax K3 and 70 mm sigma macro lens. No flash was used, therefore ISO400 was used to give a shutter speed of 1/200 sec.
Inspiration
Essentially my love of wildlife and nature and in this case the Male Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) was sat on its larval food plant i.e. Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis).
Editing
I first process in DxO and export to LR CC to give a general adjustment to colour, temperature, exposure and dodge and burn if required more selectively, before exporting to PS CC were more precise adjustments are made if required. I often us Nik filters and usually finish up by using High pass sharpening with the image converted to mono, before applying sharpening and using the appropriate mode which is often soft or overlay to bring back colour and then adjust opacity to suit.
In my camera bag
Gitzo monopod, Giottos CF tripod, Induro ball head, cable release, L-plate, polarisers, spare batteries and memory cards, with the Pentax K3, 12-24, 16-50 and 50-135 mm lenses and my sigma 70 mm macro lens are my main stays.
Feedback
The light was overcast, therefore the clouds were acting as a giant diffuser and is the perfect conditions for shooting macro during the day. On this occasion I wanted to include the flower so used f11 to maximize as much D.O.F as I could so as to include the flower in a recognizable way. There was plenty of space behind the subject and was neutral in tone, so as I approached the subject, even at f11 the background was thrown out. On this occasion the butterfly sat well while I took the images, however, you should never rush but id possible allow the subject to get accustomed to your presence and then slowly inch your way in to get closer, with no sudden movements. It also helps to wear neutral non bright colours.

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