Camouflaged Butterflies, 70-200VR+TC17EII and 24-120VR

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Hi All,

Here are two camouflaged butterflies from the Butterfly Conservatory, Niagra Park, Ontario, Canada.

July 21, 2005
1/80s f/6.3 at 200mm

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Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR + Nikon TC17E II


July 20, 2005
1/60s f/5.6 at 70.0mm with Flash

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That's a really neat capture, Crystall....the second reminds me of those pictures that played tricks on your eyes years back....the ones where you had to stare into a mass of colors to see a picture...I probably would have missed this if it had been me!!! Great find!
 
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Cool shots...!!...you must have great technique to get these sharp pics with a heavy lens at 1/80....!! :)

ooops....just noticed the VR....was it on...???....super anyway..!! :oops:
 
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Hi Crystall -

Both are very good images, but the second is a stunner. First, because the camouflage is so good. Second, because when you finally focus on the butterfly, its patterns and colors are spectacular. And third, you nailed the shot!

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CrystallP said:
Hi All,

Here are two camouflaged butterflies from the Butterfly Conservatory, Niagra Park, Ontario, Canada.

JNikon D70, Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
That is one of the coolest places in the world.. I was there last year with my wife and I think I took about 400 pictures over the 2 hours I was in there with a couple Kodak P&S cameras I had with me.
You have some nice shots there....
This is one of my favorites from last year.

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Leigh, Gale, MGlenn, Frank, and Gordon

Thank you for the extremely kind comments! I wanted to post these right away because I thought they were so cool. They were taken on consecutive days using VR lenses. I can tell you that the 70-200VR+TC17EII is really really heavy after an hour or so. :shock: I wasn't able to set up a monopod to add the 500D to the combination, so I tried to get as close as possible. I was also surprised at how well the 24-120VR performed at the conservatory. I was reading a post that mentioned something about timing and it really paid off. I thought I had a bad demo lens. It turns out that I wasn't allowing the VR function to kick in.

Frank,
My 'Maid of the Mist' gallery is live, found at: http://www.pbase.com/cympearson/maidofthemist. I will be posting a few in the landscape forum. All of the Maid of the Mist images were taken with the 24-120VR lens.
 
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That is one of the coolest places in the world.. I was there last year with my wife and I think I took about 400 pictures over the 2 hours I was in there with a couple Kodak P&S cameras I had with me.
You have some nice shots there....

Dave
Dave,

Here are a few more from my adventures, notice any similarities?

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Crystall i really like the second picture of the butterflied, very sharp, contrast is beautiful just enough to let it stand out of the background.
 
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Crystall i really like the second picture of the butterflied, very sharp, contrast is beautiful just enough to let it stand out of the background.
Gilles,

Thank you for the comment. I purchased a teleconverter just before our vacation. I chased this butterfly for a few minutes and took the second image at a rather odd angle. The conservatory was awesome. I am looking forward to a return visit next year. In the meantime I plan to check out the live butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens.
 
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czechmark said:
Great shots, Crystall! Have you ever been to Longwood Gardens near Philly?

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Hello!

Yes, I have visited Longwood Gardens twice. I purchased a membership for my family right after our first visit. In fact, I was at Longwood Gardens during the 4th of July weekend. Love that place. I plan to return in September.
 
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Crystall, What beautiful butterflies. The camouflage in the second is amazing, I would of never noticed it walking by.
 
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Crystall, What beautiful butterflies. The camouflage in the second is amazing, I would of never noticed it walking by.
Me either, this little fella enjoys blending into the background. I searched for the same species the next day. That is how I happened upon the log. I had my 70-200VR+TC17EII with me. I was able to zoom in on him and catch him before he flew off.
 
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