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First attempt..no 2

First attempt..no 2
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Copyright: Dawn McKenzie Wykes (Dawn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Marumi 67mm c-pl
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 2:49
Viewed: 1752
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The other day I uploaded no 1 butterfly, here is no 2.

It was my first attempt at butterfly photography with my 70-300 lens, taken in a very hot and humid butterfly house in Thames... A day out with Janice and Pam (coasties)..we had lots of fun.

Thanks for taking a look folks.

Warm wishes

Again sorry dont know the name of his butterfly.. all my concentration was going into just trying to take a photo!

update: Pam (coasties) kindly emailed me the info on the butterfly for you all to read..thanks Pam.

Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon)

The Tawny Owl is Belize's largest butterfly, with a wingspan of 6" to 8". Groups of Owls often perform a distinctive fluttering dance to herald the dawn, and to celebrate the coming night (Owls are crepuscular - active at dawn and dusk.)

When not flying gracefully, Tawny Owls move with a jerky, halting gait, perhaps sampling the air for the scent of a female owl or a ripe banana.

The large eye spots on the underside of the Tawny Owl's wings closely resemble owl eyes. A predator would think twice before attacking something with such apparently large eyes, on the chance that there may be an equally large body on the other side.

Owl butterflies feed on rotting bananas and other fruits, while their caterpillars eat the leaves of banana, heliconia, ginger and other large-leafed plants. As the eggs develop they take on a dark appearance and will hatch at about day twelve, revealing striped caterpillars with forked tails, a spiny head and fleshy projections along the back giving them a distinctively dragonlike appearance. They feed by night and by day the larvae line up along the underside of the leaf's midrib and are quite cryptic.

saeedabbasi, eyesthetix, coasties, wenqing, Janice, cstathoulis, Silke, lucbus, tfebbo, Pops71, jowhitee, JohnTulip, milas, sleger has marked this note useful
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Hi Dawn ,
great work with amazing colours.
great sharpnass and excellent composition.
very well captured and it is lovely.
thanks and regards

hello Dawn,
lovely macro.
Superb bokeh effect!

best regards, Daniel

Hi Dawn

You have done a great job here. The sharpness is good and the composition is excellent. Next time it will have to be birds in-flight! *LOL* Good job here my friend! :-)

what an awesome second attempt! great job dawn, love the details, focus and tones in this picture,
* follow,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-02-07 5:17]

Bonsoir Dawn. :))))
For a 2nd attempt I think you've done a really good job here. Your colours look good, and the Owl is nice and sharp too.
See, I told you that you had some good photos there, didn't I???

Hi Dawn,

As a second attempt I think you did very well! I can only imagine your photos after spending a week in there!! (^_^) Excellent deatils & sharpness!

Well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-02-07 6:47]

HI Dawn
I love this one too! Superb POV, excellent dof and quite perfect composition

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-02-07 7:30]

Hello Dawn,
Forst a first serie done on butterfly you've done very well it's like if you have done it all your life. The composition is very good with great colors and ligting.

I say wooow sit back and enjoy. Super Dawn !

Grtz Pim

Hi Dawn,
Brilliant work on this macro. Crisp details, excellent composition and the colours are stunning. One has to imagine that the eye spots is a pretty effective deterrant. Even at thumbnail size, it looks pretty intense. Well seen and executed. Keep up with the macro, you're doing great! Cheers, Todd

You have a very steady hand to be able to hand hold your zoom lens. This is a great photo, nice and sharp.

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2007-02-07 13:49]

Hi Dawn.

What a precious picture this is.
The details are wonderfully well succed. The quality is fantastic, and the subject is even better.

Nice details, lovely green tones.



Visual impact photo; very good contrast and sharpness; also a good geometry…

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-02-07 16:24]

great second attempt

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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-02-07 21:39]

Hi Dawn,
What a beauty. Very nice colors specially the gold and silver. Sharp details.

My stars!!! That looks like an owl's eye on its wing! Very crisp colors, images and composition, well done, sorry I missed your 1st 1st attempt!

Excellent sharpness and details!
Great dof and pov.

Hi Dawn

Excellent work on this butterfly. I know that they are very difficult to capture well. I find that butterflies can take a little extra sharpening than most other things. In this one, I think the leaves on the right side are well in focus and, as such, take some attention away from the butterfly. I did a workshop to show you what I mean.


superb sharpness and colors dawn :)
hav you been taking lessons from Zoran(kokos101) ? :P
well balanced framing with the tree and leafs taking up 1/3 of the frame
very good contrast in the colors :)
well done, later :)

Hi Dawn,
Great macro of this BEAUTIFUL butterfly with such lovely colors.
Very good sharpness and detail.

Keep shooting DD, its awsome! TFS
* in a few

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  • Iwon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 99] (8183)
  • [2007-02-21 7:17]

Hi Dawn,
great work with amazing colours,
lovely macro.
Well done

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  • sleger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 55 N: 177] (3549)
  • [2007-03-06 17:30]

Hello Dawn

I like all the green leaves and the green out of focus background. It makes the butterfly stand out.

Regards, Sylvain

Superb shot! Very appropriate background and the leaves on the right hand side make it a very original not-just-another-butterfly-shot! Well done! Ed

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