Transparent Butterfly

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A transparent butterfly, shot in the Washington DC Smithsonian museum of natural history, in their live butterfly exhibit.

I desaturated the yellow tile the butterfly was standing on because it was a bit distracting. I think it looks kinda cool showing only the little bit of color on the butterfly as well as the pink background flowers.

Shot with a 100mm macro and canon 50D. I used a custom made flexible flash bracket to hold my 580exII to the side with an OC-E3 cord. Instructions and pictures of the flash bracket can be found here:

FYI, this is apparently a Nymphalidae Ithomiinae, aka a Glasswing

#29 on Explore on 3/20/09!!!
Thanks everyone!!!!

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  1. stefano bertelli 52 months ago | reply

    WOW fantastic !!!

  2. @uroraFox 51 months ago | reply

    Breathtaking !

  3. ziziyouwei 49 months ago | reply

    Crazy!!!I do like it!!

  4. God's Nature Lover 48 months ago | reply

    wow. i dont have any words for this.

  5. Adele Claire 48 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous glasswing.

  6. Luciano G55 45 months ago | reply

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  7. kenjii13 41 months ago | reply

    superbe cette photo :-))

  8. Walter Oscar La Colla 40 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *** Massacre Photo Group (Post 1: Score 3 before), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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    Vista en el buscador de cámaras canon eos 50d. (Yo también quiero esto)

  9. klg1309 38 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot! I was not sure it was real at first. :)

  10. AmethystA2 37 months ago | reply

    Wanted to share with you the Artists Trading Card I made incorporating your pix. Thanks!


  11. B&WPhotog 36 months ago | reply

    What an engaging, luminous portrait.

  12. _-Mariposa-_ 34 months ago | reply

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  13. icurpinshot 26 months ago | reply

    Great stuff! Posted it to one of my blog's "Other Photographers' Work" pages here.

  14. twacar 20 months ago | reply

    For those who are curious, this butterfly is called a Greta Oto. And I must say this is an amazing capture, quite an excellent shot.

  15. BHawk Photography 20 months ago | reply

    I love this, where was this taken? We don't have these in our area, so I enjoy the ones I see on Flickr!

  16. Kel1y J. 19 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot :)

  17. Domimc 18 months ago | reply

    ithe fhoto is taken in Scienc park of Granada, Spain

  18. sjseals 6 months ago | reply

    that's fantastic...beautiful capture

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