Green-veined White

July 26, 2010 Comments Off on Green-veined White

Green-veined White

Originally uploaded by Falc

A day off work, clean the fish tank, look for a new car and take the camera out into the garden.  In the garden I have a yellow ‘Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom) bush which attracts the white butterflies on cloudy days when they use the yellow leaves as a hiding place. They are surprisingly difficult to see.  The yellow of the leaves is a very effective backdrop for these ‘yellowish’ butterflies.

Today I walked past the bush and disturbed three or four butterflies, so nipped indoors and brought out the ‘butterfly special’. The lens is a 180mm f3.5, but strapped along its length is a 580ex flashgun with a 5″ x 8″ diffuser attached. This is powered down by 2 and 1/3 stops, and so just fills in the darkest shadows.

This is the result. I quite like it because of the restricted colours. Just need to practice a bit more to get the antennae into sharp focus. Perhaps increase the depth of field a little by moving to f5.6 or even 6.1

Hope you like it.


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