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Five Monarchs on a branch
Lens: DA70mm Ltd. Camera: K20D Photo Location: Toronto Islands ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F2.4 
Posted By: panoguy, 08-24-2010, 06:52 AM

These butterflies were swarming the bottom of every tree in a nearby field. This group stayed still long enough to get a photo:


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Wow! Superb capture. Wonderful bokeh, and the background lights are perfectly situated relative to the monarchs. It's like a butterfly celebration.
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nice monarch quintet !! maybe cropping out more of the background to frame these beauties might be interesting to view... dave m
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Oh my, very nice! They really jump out at you!

I do agree with dcmsox2004, maybe a slightly more aggressive crop would make them pop even more.

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Thanks for the comments! I'll give an aggressive crop a try. There is enough detail in the shot (thanks to the K20D and DA70 rendering) to get to 100% crop without things getting mushy...
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Великолепно!
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Very unusual and quite appealing.
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Great catch! Thx for sharing!

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In addition to the butterflies and the background bokeh, the color in the leaves adds another element of interest.
Congratulations!
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Love that bokeh. Not every day you see 5 monarchs so close together and still.
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Superb!

Hi, I am in Toronto, too. Need help to find those butterfies.
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A wonderful gathering well captured. The bokeh repeats the circular shape made by the butterflies and foliage.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ve2vfd Quote
I do agree with dcmsox2004, maybe a slightly more aggressive crop would make them pop even more.
Thanks again for the props, everyone! Below is about as tight as I can crop (and the image below is a 100% crop for pixel-peepers), but I think I may split the difference. Cleaned up some of the CA and fringing in the wings, too...




QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Quote
Hi, I am in Toronto, too. Need help to find those butterfies.
BTW, if you're reading this and in Toronto - go to the furthest corner south on Hanlan's point (on the Toronto Islands) and there is a big field of oaks with hundreds of butterflies on the bottom of every tree, as of yesterday. They'll be migrating soon...
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the crop and additional fine tuning really makes this shot super!! dave m
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Hanlan's point

Thanks, Panoguy, for the tip.
I suppose that there will be more to shoot at Hanlans' point. Will be getting there this weekend.
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