Malaysian jungle is a picturesque place of the world full of diverse creatures. I spent some time in it, however, for business purposes - no time to enjoy this diversity and to jump after these creatures trying to catch them on the film. All what I could do was to spent a day in a butterfly 'zoo' in Kuala Lumpur. Quite 'technical' but still wonderful experience.
Macro lens and circular lens flash Vivitar Marco-flash 5000 (small bugs) was used. Scanned by Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. Cold color temperature of the flash was corrected (??) using Hue Shift: picture cropped and resampled to 650 pix width; contrast slightly enhanced and sharpened using Unsharp Mask, level about 55%, 2 pix radius. JPRG level 44 (Corel PhotoPaint notation).
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Aegean (2571) 2003-03-24 15:50
One more time: Perfect!
Leo (881) 2003-03-25 21:06
Great Shot of New World Plants (Heliconias)with Asian butterfly.
Outstanding symmetry between the bug and the flowers.
Did you know that the red color of flowers is to advertize to their pollinators. The red and yellow bracts are modifiend leafs. This heliconias with bracts facing down are pollinated by humming birds in the South American Jungles understory. Ants, flies, bees and beetles share with the hummer this task. I would use the picture in a book about the rain forest as it a great picture.
Did you know that butterflies only feed on flowers that are indigenous to where they live! It takes animals a long time to incorporate new things in their menu if it comes from a foreing place...hmmm a bit like us. ;o)
Your butterfly is sunning and the light shows that very well.
philip_coggan (11) 2003-04-20 2:49
Looks just perfect - the butterfly like a jewel strung on those strange tropical flowers.
- Copyright: Amadej Trnkoczy (amadej) (1285)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1995-12-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon 8008S, Sigma AFMacro 90/2.8, Fuji Velvia
- Exposure: 1/60 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tropical Islands [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-03-24 15:38