Diaethria anna, male

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    Elevation1900 ft, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. May 11.

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    mikebaird, Tanya Mass, sxyislandqueen, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. mikebaird 69 months ago | reply

      Bill, What an interesting "88" pattern. I notice you are using flash for almost all the images in this series. Can I assume that you had the flash power set to some fraction of full-power for a slight fill effect?

    2. Tanya Mass 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Butterfly Color (New Contest), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Today is 08/08/08. I wish you all the best, dear Bill. This butterfly has 8 on wings- just amazing! My congrats, you do excellent butterfly images!

    3. kevincole 69 months ago | reply

      Excellent series of butterflies and very well captured Bill. By the looks of the number of species I would guess this to be a memorable experience.

    4. Bill Bouton 69 months ago | reply

      In response to Mike's questions above: I always use the flash at full power (unless I'm photographing a very light species, like white or yellow). I want the flash to be the main source of light in order to make the flash duration be the shutter speed, so to speak. Also, using flash is the only way I can shoot a living, moving object at f/11 (or sometimes f/8) hand held.

    5. razorrayk [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

      I've never used flash to photograph any butterfly I didn't want to scare them off must try that in the spring i'm fairly new to the photography bit but the proof is in the pudding as they say you take some great shots loving the 88's on this butterfly

    6. Bill Bouton 53 months ago | reply

      Raymond...to get these (usually) small subjects in focus when so close, I know no other way to get sufficient light in order to use a small enough aperture EXCEPT to use a flash. Plus, colors will be truer with flash. If you use natural light, it will be orange early in the day, bluish on a cloudy day, greenish when the butterfly is surrounded by vegetation. Bill

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