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 Post subject: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:22 am 
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We never fail to get a buzz from these beautiful butterflies. They were, last month, in next door on their budleia - now they're here along with bees, hoverflies & flies, enjoying the wealth of nectar on our canopy of ivy flowers atop the pergola :D Graham & Jean

ps. Graham got these shots from approx. 20 feet away with his 300mm lens with a x 1.4 extender. I was well pleased. Jean


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 Post subject: Re: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:13 pm 
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Very nice pics G&J - yes, they are gorgeous butterflies arent they.

I find them quite difficult to get pics that do them justice. I think its because they are so dark with the brighter markings which makes the exposure a little difficult to get right.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:20 am 
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Classic autumn images and nice pics. I've just seen a Red Admiral in the garden :D


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 Post subject: Re: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:40 pm 
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Yes, very nice J&G. I totally agree with Linda on getting the exposure right on these butterflies, it seems impossible to me.I always get the white bits burnt out.

Of course Ivy is just as good for insects at night (supposedly!). I've been trying some night time photography for nectaring moths but just managed this Chestnut so far. As I'm a glutton for punishment I will persevere though :-)
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 Post subject: Re: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:26 pm 
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Fantastic shot Charlie. Some of us struggle to get day-time shots as good as that. What camera & flash were you using? Graham


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 Post subject: Re: Red Admirals in ivy.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:27 pm 
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Thanks Graham. I use the now relatively ancient Nikon Coolpix 4500 compact. The photo wasn't taken with a flash but with the Nikon "cool light" accessory which is a ring of 8 LEDs which screws around the camera lense.The lights are switched on whilst you are photographing moths etc which gives the camera's auto focus something to aim at. You have to get pretty close to the subject but it does enable you to photograph things in total darkness which is nice.

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