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Monarch and Phalaenopsis

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by lanthier, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Okay, not together, though that would be a cool look. I was at my in-laws for a quick overnight, and their butterfly bush was CRAZY! Teaming with all kinds of butterflies, hummingbird moths, and the largest bumble bees I have seen (happily, honey bees too!!!). And my MIL's orchids were blooming! Anyway, my only problem was gear, I usually bring up a lot of stuff, but this time was there for so short: Handheld D700 + 24-70 only...

    Monarch 1 f5, 70mm, 1/800


    Monarch 2 (same)


    3) Phal 1 Color; same (1/125)


    4) Phal BW (same as 3)

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  2. willg


    Nov 22, 2007
    New Jersey, USA
    Rich; very nice. I like how you managed to keep the backgrounds in the monarch shots so soft but yet the monarch just pops out. Love the high-key effect in the orchid shots. Just a little too blown out on the upper left though. All nicely done as usual.
  3. Beautiful shots, Rich. The color shot of the orchid is very nice. We have a butterfly bush in our yard, but I very seldom see anything on it. We do have some B'flies on our zinnias though.
  4. Hey Will, thanks for looking. I agree, I hate that hot upper left, but was pretty pleased in that light overall (brutal afternoon light through glass) and with the gear I had... I was pretty stunned with how well the 24-70 did close-ups, was not how I usually use it at all! Great lens...

    Hey Tom,

    Thanks for the comments. That butterfly bush is usually teeming with activity, but I have never seen it like this. The Monarchs were a pleasure to shoot as they were so calm compared to a lot of the others in there...
  5. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Hi Rich, I've not seen you around these parts for a while.

    Nice work, as usual. I guess these just go to show what you can do with compromised gear. The first image is my favourite, the background is rendered very nicely.
  6. Hi Robert,

    A bit of an unintentional sabbatical I suppose. I now have the 35/2 that has been traveling around the country, so I should be posting images in that thread. I was happily surprised at the ability of the 24-70. The orchid light was BRUTAL! I would have loved to have a 60 or 105 macro lens with me this time for the butterfly bush - crazy action in there!

    Hope you are well...
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