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07-30-2018, 11:35 PM - 1 Like   #376
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Eastern Comma Moth on Pansies

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It really does feel like cheating using this lens. It's 300mm, but it's light and easy to carry, with nice balance on the camera. It's sharp enough for close ups, Pentax engineers seem to have figured out exactly where sharpness becomes an issue and designed to that spec. The speed of AF and quietness i pretty much unmatched. With a bit tighter tolerances in the glass elements, this lens could have even more lights out than it is. But fast accurate auto focus makes up for a lot.
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Almost completely white moth on a pink lady slipper. Took me a moment to realize it was a moth rather than a random bit of paper.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Eastern Comma Moth on Pansies

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It really does feel like cheating using this lens. It's 300mm, but it's light and easy to carry, with nice balance on the camera. It's sharp enough for close ups, Pentax engineers seem to have figured out exactly where sharpness becomes an issue and designed to that spec. The speed of AF and quietness i pretty much unmatched. With a bit tighter tolerances in the glass elements, this lens could have even more lights out than it is. But fast accurate auto focus makes up for a lot.
Not the prettiest butterfly but that last pic composition is stunning.
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Nice shot!
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Nice shot!
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This is part of a 14-image series of butterfly photos taken between 2018-07-06 and 2018-08-02. All were with the K-1 and DA*300; 9 of them were taken within the space of an hour, in an area about 240x80m, and are of 8 different species, with a couple more species being taken in the same area during the next few weeks. The rest were at various times and places in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Surrey.

Rather than spam a single thread with all 14 images, I thought it would be fun to post them in different threads and provide a link from one to the next. Follow the links to threads you might otherwise never have looked at!

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What do you do with a dead beetle*? The elytra are pretty dull, so I did an image stack from the underside.
*Akin to what you do with a drunken sailor?
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sorry about the little blurring

when trying to capture this image, I noticed that the butterfly never completely stopped moving its wings

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
sorry about the little blurring

when trying to capture this image, I noticed that the butterfly never completely stopped moving its wings

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Some butterflies pose nicely, wings up & together or spread to the side, or slowly going between with pauses at each extreme. Others are incessantly fluttery, or get fluttery when perched on an unstable flower supported by a long, slender, flexible stalk. I think the most frustrating Lepidoptera are hummingbird moths which rarely land at all, and even when they do they keep their wings moving at near flight speed. Fortunately their bodies, not the wings are the most interesting and colorful parts, but unless you can kick up your shutter speed to 1/1,000 or faster, the image is more often than not blurred. A challenging subject.
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