Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon lutzi)

Location: Near Pullman, Washington, USA

Brooks Memorial State Park, Klickitat County.


6 responses to “Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

  1. Simply stunning! I am in awe at your photographic skills both artistic and technically. Could I ask what aperture you use?

  2. Thank you Lisa, I really appreciate such a lovely compliment. Aperture…it depends on which lens I’m using. These were shot with my Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro Lens, at F9. I find with this lens the depth of field is so shallow, that I need to shoot within a range of around F9 – F13ish, depending on the size of the butterfly. When I use my Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro or Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S, I tend to shoot at about F4 – F5.6ish – As low as I can get away with anyway. I find that it’s always a balance between speed (those little buggers are moving!) and depth of field (too shallow and you loose too much detail on too much of the butterfly). It seems like it’s always a challenge to guess right, unless you have a puddler or basker that lets you take your time and make adjustments. But I want as much of the butterfly as possible to be crisply in focus – so I go with the aperture that I think will get me that with the lens I’m using at the moment.

    1. Lisa….I really enjoyed looking through your photos – they are lovely. I wanted to leave a couple of comments on the ones I really liked, but it seems comments are not enabled. But I really like your work.

      1. Thank you for such a helpful and detailed reply :). I am visiting a local Butterfly House in a couple of week’s time and am looking to prepare before I visit. I have a Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro Lens which I intend to use so your reply is very pertinent.
        Thanks too for the kind and generous words about my site. I am only a keen amateur with plenty to learn as my blog demonstrates so don’t feel brave enough to open it up for comments as yet.
        All the best to you.

        1. Don’t you just LOVE the 105mm! You know, now that I think about it, I sometimes do shoot on about F7 with it too. Depends on the lighting. Also, when you are at the butterfly house, experiment with flash. When I’m chasing them outdoors, I often don’t need flash, unless it’s in dense jungle. But I think indoors you might get better results sometimes with the flash. Can’t wait to see what you get.

          We are all just keep amateurs with plenty to learn! But you are a talented one, with a good eye, a good sense of editing and good technical skills. Don’t be afraid of opening up the comments and letting people give you feedback on what they like.

          1. Thanks for your encouraging words and the ‘Like’ :). I will take your suggestion of using flash on board and fingers crossed I will get some successful shots. I can’t wait either as very sadly, the natural butterfly population in my area isn’t as varied or prolific as it once was.

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