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author Mark Cassino
title Eastern Tailed Blue
date6/28/2002 2:05:46 PM
detailsThese little butterflies are about the size of a nickle, and don;t like to hold still for very long. Mz-S, 200mm macro, dual flashes, Velvia.
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1 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (6/28/2002 2:55:11 PM)
I'm sure this must have been a real challenge, Mark. From a purely esthetic point of view I think the light seems a little harsh. But the detail is incredibly amazing.
2 Lisa Page   (6/28/2002 3:10:54 PM)
Ahh, a butterfly... my favourite subject :-) Beautiful photograph! Maybe a touch bright, but who am I to say. It's miles better than any picture I could take of these gorgeous insects.
3 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (6/28/2002 4:31:03 PM)
Quite amazing that something that small looks so detailed, Mark. I'm curious: is the use of the dual flashes what makes the butterfly color so much lighter than what's there on the flowers and leaves?
4 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (6/28/2002 4:31:50 PM)
Oh btw an 8.
5 Mark Cassino   (6/28/2002 6:30:52 PM)
The dual flash has one main flash that hits the subject and a second flash that is meant to fire primarily behind the subject and lighten the background -- that said, I'm still working on the brackets etc. The butterfly's body and the the undersid eof its wings are nearly white - the topsides are the blue parts (they don't often have their wings open when feeding.) The flower top was flashed evenly with the butterfly by the main light - so the colors there are as it was in nature (with the usual velvia modifications.)
6 heydeb   (6/28/2002 7:32:25 PM)
7 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (6/28/2002 9:46:50 PM)
Very beautiful work, Mark!
8 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (6/28/2002 11:52:49 PM)
I agree with Robin on this one. Nuff said.
9 Keith Tate   (6/29/2002 6:50:02 AM)
Excellent macro work with beautiful color, detail, and the background is super Mark !!!!
10 Jack Chamberlin   (6/29/2002 7:46:53 AM)
Very nice, Mark. Detail and color are great!
11 mplonsky (gone to greener pastures)   (7/3/2002 2:28:14 PM)
Nice capture of this extremely small and beautiful butterfly who doesn't often sit still very long. The well focused flower, clean background, and placement of it all in the frame are excellent. I agree the bug is a tad overexposed. One issue that I see you have as well as I, is that they don't often put those two antenna up in a nice photogenic position, but rather they just let them flop around.
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