Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Butterflies save rainy day

Poured down for hours early today so spent some time housekeeping picture folders and importing a new browser after heeding latest IE security warnings. So, what's in the rainy-day folder?

What about a couple of male butterflies, both largely failures as pictures, but one having perhaps a little merit regarding intent if not execution?

First, Shining Oak-blue (aka Common Oak-blue: Arhopala micale), on a dewy palm tree flower stalk in early morning light. Too much noise in background and not quite sharp enough. How would anyone know it was a bright blue? Just have to take my word for it. And I'm no expert on butterfly IDs.

Easier to name, a Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) on lantana (also only too easy to ID!). Trial here was to get some light flashed on the body without blowing out the wing white. So, unsuccessful. But at least there's a hint of the gorgeous glowing dark purple in the wings.

Overall, the lesson must be: don't send a 300mm lens to do a macro's job! 


Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
Ooooh, you've got some nice stuff up there.
Good luck with the new browser. I hope it doesn't stop you posting,

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Gouldiae,

Browser's going OK. Have to cut and paste pix once imported into post, but otherwise little diff. Overall, it's impressive given tiny download size.

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