My Top 10 Butterfly Shots 2013

10–8:

 

10. Tigerwing

 

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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Nikon D3S/200f4micro/cpl/SB600+softbox

ISO 4000 1/250 f/16 handheld

 

I don’t normally like dark backgrounds, but with this I think it actually sets the subject and flower off very well.  One with the D3S – butterfly-farm lighting conditions often very gloomy indeed!

This shot made it into the mingthein.com reader portfolio.

 

9. Purple Hairstreak – Neozephyrus quercus

 

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Bernwood Forest, mid-July

Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl/SB600+softbox

Stack of 2 frames

ISO 800 1/250 f/16 handheld

Perched on a hazel leaf at eye level.  Still don’t have a topside view of this species, but very difficult to see let alone photograph.

 

8. Small Blue – Cupido minimus

 

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West Berkshire, late June.  A species new to me for this year; easy to see at only a few sites in my region.

Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl/SB600+softbox

ISO 800 1/250 f/16 handheld

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