Just emerged

Tithorea Harmonia - Harmonia Tiger-wing butterfly just emerged from it's cocoon and still drying out.

Tithorea Harmonia - Harmonia Tiger-wing butterfly just emerged from it's cocoon and still drying out.
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Behind The Lens

This mage was taken at Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo near Monmouth.
The image was taken in the early afternoon, and was probably my third time around the zoo area. When entering, one of the assistants indicated that some butterflies were noted as hatching earlier in the day. This one was noticeable as having passed the location a couple of times, it stood out as not having been visible previously.
Lighting was natural light but with a small amount of fill from an on camera flash through a DIY diffuser.
Nikon d3200 with the standard 55-200 kit lens and a Yongnuo YN560 flash
I had always wanted to visit a butterfly house, however my wife was terrified of them. My chance came on the final day of our holiday. The day was cloudy and drizzling, so my wife decided she would take advantage of the hotel facilities, so I took the opportunity to go alone. The light was great for photographing butterflies as the sky was acting as a giant diffuser. The colours and background bokeh of this image appealed to me the most.
Simple curves adjustment and high pass sharpening.
In my camera bag
Have moved on a lot since this image was taken, and what is in my bag depends on what I am shooting, so it will vary a lot. Current kit is primarily Nikon bodies D7100, D600, D750, D5100 plus an Olympus OMD-EM10 Nikon 200-500 f5.6, Tamron 70-200 f2.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Sigma 105mm macro, Sigma 150mm macro, Laowa 60mm 2x macro, Opteka 15mm macro, Olympus m.zuiko 60mm macro, Sigma 15mm fisheye Filters, batteries, spare memory cards, blower brush, spare QR plates,
obviously a butterfly farm is easier than capturing butterflies in the wild, however the species are more exotic and more colourful than we are able to see in the UK. If visiting a farm, be aware that the humidity level is higher than outside, therefore wait a while before removing your lens cap to give the camera time to acclimatise. Similarly when leaving, allow the camera to cool before further use. As this is a captive subject, take your time, don't just blast away machine gun style. Look for pristine specimens, watch which plants they prefer to settle on, set yourself up and wait. If possible, make sure you take an image of the species identifiers whilst there, it makes the tagging and naming of your images so much easier.

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