You're a Superstar, Cycad Blue!


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Zookeeper

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Celebrity spotted at AH on Saturday!!! ;)

Cycad Blue as Lin Daiyu in Dream of the Red Chambers


Cycad Blue as Chang-Er


Cycad Blue in "Jack and the Beanstalk"


Cycad Blue on the red carpet at the Oscars! :lovegrin:
 

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good shot, the red leave add the color in your photo. Wish the background is nicer instead of black
 

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Thanks folks! Yeap me wished the background was less black and a richer burgundy for the first two pix too....but was handholding so could not go to too low a shutter speed...and anything less than F11, the tiny Cycad Blue not as sharp liow. Dilemma! :bheart:
 

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Well done; Cycad Blue is great! :thumbsup:

Consider going nearer next time. ;)
 

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I think the redness lends a very good touch to the pics. Very nice. Really love the 2nd pic, reminds me of powerpuff girls somehow! :D
 

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zenon said:
I think the redness lends a very good touch to the pics. Very nice. Really love the 2nd pic, reminds me of powerpuff girls somehow! :D
Uh oh... powerpuff girls? AdamGoi's gonna come in here now... :sweat:
 

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This Cycad Blue has exactly the same tear on both its hing-wings.

The 2nd pic looks fierce to me.
 

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I like the 3rd pic most, followed by 4th.

Dosen't always have to be about the butterfly 75% with 25% for background. The composition of the vine around the support is interesting, also the combination of green, red and brown is attractive.
 

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Thks folks!

Macross: me cannot go very much nearer liow...coz min focusing distance of my lens is abt 1m...and I think I was close to max telephoto liow. Limitation met...unless I finally buy that Nikon 6T filter.. :think: Wah you look so closely at the Cycad Blue...wanna tell each of them apart ah? kekkeke!

Jason: yup in fact I was trying to experiment with not-so-closeup pix of the butts...but unfortunately most of them turned out looking too cluttered, so didn't post, except for this one. Will keep experimenting and see what I get ;)
 

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aiya, forgot to logout from Zenon's acct.
This is Zookeeper, writing from Zenon's acct okie! :sweat:
 

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oeyvind said:
1st and last one stunning! :thumbsup:
I second that .. those 2 shots are keeper .. keep it up :)


there is a few ways to make the background brighter
- wait for better lighting
- use higher ISO
- adjust the speed and aperture to best fit the metering
- use support like tripod or monopod and use slow speed
 

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Thanks Sifu for the tips. Me still learning to understand the D70's aperture/shutter settings and the flash...it's usually ok when it's sunny, but once it's overcast, I constantly get underexposed pix, even when I up the exposure compensation. *scratch head* Time to play/shoot even more! :)
 

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Good series. I like the last shot, good contrast of colours btw the butterfly, the leaf and the BG. Nice composition too. Keep it up. :thumbsup:
 

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Very nice capture! The redish look is refreshing, a depart from the usual "green green" look. Overall, the red leave(s) & branches add a little touch of art to an otherwise usual butterfly picture! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Have you tried higher ISO to brigthen the background? :)
 

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Thanks Mocha!
Me actually using ISO 400 liow...quite high already? :think:
Maybe next time I try bumping up to ISO 800...try try....
 

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Best rendition of Cycad Blue I have seen so far.
U wonderfully included a peek of the brilliant blue top forewings.


Like all of them. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Great change to usual green backgrounds and flat on side view.

:cheers:
 

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Thx thx...but actually folks, I'm not the first one to photograph the Cycad Blue against these red plants. Once upon a time, Megaweb shot a Cycad Blue against these plants too - me only got the inspiration from him! :cool:
 

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