Painted Ladies


Link Posted 04/08/2019 - 12:39
Many of you will, I'm sure, be aware that this summer is seeing a mass migration of painted lady butterflies which occurs only every 10 years or so. The time it happened, an estimated 11 million of them made the journey from Northern Africa. They are capable of flying at up to 1 kilometre altitude and 30 mph (to mix up the metric/non-metric stats!)
Anyway, we had at least 15 on our buddleia bush in the garden yesterday when I had never seen a single one before in the 20+ years we have lived here! Too good a photo app to miss! K3 + DA* 60-250 or K70 + Tamron 90mm macro. Not really macro photography, more like big crops. Loads of futile shutter clicks as the blighters are never still, but a few here I thought worth showing - hope someone agrees! Please feel free to comment!










10 And finally, a comma, another we don't often see in the garden:



Link Posted 04/08/2019 - 16:26
Definitely worth getting a record of that invasion as a reminder of what might be a once in a lifetime event for you. No. 8 is my favourite lady, it's the way the wings drift out of focus. Pity about the distracting white patch in top right corner, is there a way you could reduce it's brightness so it's like the other OOF blobs?

Leaving ladies aside, I also like the comma. The lighting and shadow of the wing lift it above a simple record shot.



Link Posted 04/08/2019 - 22:13
Superb, lets hope they come further south

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

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Last Edited by Chrism8 on 04/08/2019 - 22:14
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