Monday, August 04, 2008

Sometimes beauty sneaks up on you

Who could this be, hiding behind an iris stalk?
A very obliging model.
Accustomed to being admired, perhaps.
Click the photos to make them larger. It's worth it.

20 comments:

  1. WOW. Much more lovely than the fly I was trying to shoot this morning. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. Wow, I love the colors! If flying bugs didn't freak me out I might appreciate it more. Yes, even butterflies give me the heebie jeebies.

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  3. How absolutely breathtaking. The colors and shading are astounding! And to mary... butterflies gave me the heeeie-jeebies too. Then I got a job at the butterfly farm to get over it. It took a while, but it worked! lol

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  4. Pretty, you must have a nice camera. I don't think mine would take pictures of something like that well.

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  5. The only insects I actually, actively enjoy are butterflies and dragonflies.

    Lovely photos.

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  6. Wowzas..Im blown away by the detail and beauty! The wings are incredible and the tattered edges, not to mention the metaillic look of the head. Amazing capture..another set you should be entering in a comp.
    Would love to know what camera you used. :D

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  7. gorgeous! astoundingly beautiful! Wow!

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  8. Hint, hint: info on camera desired by many.

    Very, very beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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  9. Thanks, everybody! I'm thrilled with how nicely these turned out. It helped that the dragonfly just sat there patiently while I hovered around it with my camera.

    My camera is an inherited three- or four-year-old point-and-shoot, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7. (Pictures of it here.) It has a Leica lens and and I used the macro setting (indicated by a little flower icon on most automatic cameras).

    I keep thinking it's on its last legs (it's slow, sometimes the lens cover jams, I beat the hell out of it carrying it in my pocket or purse all the time), but it still takes good shots. I'll replace it with the newer Lumix when the time comes.

    Mimi, you work at a butterfly farm? Cool! I'll bet some of the Butterfly Pavilion's insects come from there.

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  10. Wow, those came out beautifully! Much better than the photos I was trying to take of a spider on my railing the other night, but now I'm inspired to try again.

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  11. Great shot of the dragonfly! It is rare to find such a willing model in the wild world!

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  12. oh my goodness -- you have just become the best example of the "take amazing photos with a point and shoot camera" principle! and here i was about to ask you which lens you used for this! awesome. :-)

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  13. These are wonderful. We have a friend who is a "bug guy" -- ant farm when he was a kid and all that -- and I'm sending him a link to your wonderful images.

    Claire 2 http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com

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  14. Nice work there camera lady. Those are superb!

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  15. LOVE these! I did enlarge them and wow. :)

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  16. They are so beautiful that they look almost fake! I like these animals much better than those darn possums!

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  17. Thanks, everybody! A friend of mine printed out some high-res copies for me on good paper. I'm going to frame them.

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  18. That is absolutely beautiful. I have the same camera and tried to take a photo of a dragonfly too, but I didn't use the macro feature. You can see it here:

    http://kitschow.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-07-21T14%3A08%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7

    Thanks for the tip.

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