No, not 5 minutes. You’ve got . . . 5 seconds. There in almost a blink of the eye, you set yourself down on your knee (my left) and check your aperture and shutter speed, via your built-in light meter. Look up. Good it’s still there.
Fast. Focus for eyes, abdomen, antennae, are you positioned correctly, with lens and butterfly properly aligned? A cloud comes from Huh? and reduces the available light. Readjust shutter speed. Still there, yes, Thank Y-u.
Lightning quick thought. Do I have the wings? Are the 4 wings focused? It is a butterfly, and you want all who see your image to think: What a beautiful butterfly. What kind is he? It’s almost always “he.” Save that bubbling question for another time.
The wings of butterflies are all exquisite. All of them. How do I know? I see them in real-time, usually from a distance of 18 inches to 24 inches from my lens. Who amongst us have viewed magnificent jewelry at Christies New York and Sotheby’s New York’s pre-sale exhibitions of magnificent jewelry? I have, many times. The wings of butterflies must give the craftspeople of Cartiers, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc. fits, because they have never outdone H-s craftsmanship.
If the wings don’t sing to you and I, then the image didn’t deliver. It’s the wings, for butterflies. This Pearl Crescent flew in Raccoon Creek State Park, 37 miles west of Pittsburgh.
8 thoughts on “Butterflies Have Wings, Yes?”
I’m sorry to hear about the death of your father… letting precious people go is hard.
i never wear jewellery, but i do know when i see a genuine gem, like here. jeff, so beautifully depainted.
Thank you. This generous thought, just one day after the loss of my beloved father (aged 100) is especially pleasing . . . .
i’m so sorry to hear about that. my heartfelt condolences to you on the passing of your father. sirpa
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The complexity involved in the creation of such a beautiful animal of nature cannot be replicated by human hands. The design and arrangement of colors on its wings are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Know that your meaningful comment, just one day after the passing of my father (at age 100) provides me with much solace . . . .
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Nice shot! I know this isn’t easy, even with digital cameras with high burst rates. Shooting film, I wouldn’t even have tried this.
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