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Viv says:

yet another stunning set

21st Aug 2013, 18:12

mysteritmo says:

Again WOW is the only word that comes to mind!

If you took these with the SX40 would you please tell me what settings you used? It seems my SX50 is way to slow to capture something like this so sharp.

21st Aug 2013, 20:59

mysteritmo says:

Last one is simply perfect

21st Aug 2013, 21:02

shitake says:

Ah... Poetry... actually all you could dream about.
Those Marvellous colours, those shots like film frames.
And the gorgeous, gorgeous hero...
Outstanding post Dania!
: ) xx

Ps. On the absolutely amazing #3 is even visible my beloved proboscis ! :D
And there I found for you something very interesting about the lovely thing :)

21st Aug 2013, 21:45

Dania says:

Thanks, Viv! Swallowtails are stunning. :)


Thanks, mysteritmo. It was with the SX30, yes. Settings? Okay, lets see if I can recall how it went and give you the settings. First of all, I should mention that swallowtails are both big and shy, which means there is no need to get to close and risk frightening them to get enough detail. I just stood back and zoomed in appropriately, and then cropped a bit. This means more lighting and allows for shorter shutter speeds. It was also sunny. I doubt I would ever have gotten these if it was cloudy or if the place was shadowed, there wouldn't have been enough light!

That said... #2 (f/5, 1/500s) was an accident. I was shooting in P mode (if I recall correctly) and not trying to catch the butterfly in flight at all. #1 (f/4.5, 1/320s) and #6 (f/4.5, 1/640s) I was already trying flight shots, but hadn't changed mode yet if I remember correctly. By the time I took #3 (f/4.5, 1/1000s) and #5 (f/4, 1/1000s) I had changed to Shutter Priority mode and setted it to the fastest I could without compromising quality and lighting too much. Doesn't look like it was a great improvement, though, the aperture didn't change and the ISO went up *shrug*. I was going to switch to Manual Mode and tinker with the aperture myself but the butterfly decided it was enough and left.

Hope that helps? It's hard to get flight shots of insects while tinkering with the camera settings at the same time, so for a while there I just didn't know what I was doing any more! "Okay, maybe faster shutter speed and now what else OMG THERE IT GOES" :D


Thank you, shitake, for the compliments and the very interesting links! :)

21st Aug 2013, 23:08

mysteritmo says:

Thank you Dania. That helps a lot. Since I'm new with the SX50 I use the auto mode in a situation like this because as you say too much focus on the setting and the moment is gone. But I Will have to start practising more with P mode and aperture and shutter settings because I feel it would make a difference. Thanks again for sharing the details!

23rd Aug 2013, 09:56