Peacock Butterfly.

Sunrise: 05.43 am Β  Sunset: 09.09 pm

I stretched to my limit over a thick bramble bush to get this image. Moving closer and closer, hoping it wouldn’t fly away, the peacock slowly filled my viewfinder. I resisted the temptation to act before I was ready. This would be a one shot opportunity, I knew that! My flash would surely send the butterfly into the air. I struggled to keep my balance, and the camera steady. Holding my breath, the auto-focus beeped, I pressed the button, saw the flash, and promptly collapsed into the bramble bush.

Was the image worth the effort? Well, I achieved what I had set out to do, I was not able to alter camera settings, and it was an extreme shot. Under better circumstances, I could have done better! Another second and I would have shaken too much to get an auto-focus lock, and I would still have fallen into the brambles, a failure! Ha-ha!

IMG_317431 STJULY 2013

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20 Responses to Peacock Butterfly.

  1. anthonyvenable110 says:

    Reblogged this on anthonyvenable110.


  2. Oh the times I’ve ended up on my backside or in a bush because I’ve overreached! There were so many peacocks out at Wisley yesterday I was surrounded by them whilst standing in the flower bed by the buddleja. I haven’t seen so many all together for years! Wonderful sight πŸ™‚ Do you use an external flash and diffuser?


  3. mike585 says:

    Ah, but did you end-up on your backside having captured the image. πŸ˜‰
    I use my camera’s pop-up flash most of the time.


  4. taphian says:

    you were really lucky to do this photo. Since days I’m hunting after butterflies and they always fly away…


  5. Spectacular and amazing colors! πŸ™‚ Hermosa, el diseΓ±o de sus alas es hermoso parece una tela estampada!


  6. I fell in the brambles photographing the Large Blue at Collard Hill. I’m rather expert at it now. Falling in that is.


  7. Reinhardt says:

    Great shot! Well done!


  8. Inga says:

    Fantastic capture. It’s beautiful! Well done with all the effort πŸ™‚


  9. zannyro says:

    LOL! Glad you survived your fall…and image is wonderful…such a beautiful butterfly.


  10. Cathy Testa says:

    Reblogged this on Container Crazy Cathy T and commented:
    Very cool. Cathy T.


  11. annemarie1124 says:

    Beautiful shot!


  12. mike585 says:

    Thank you, Annemarie.


  13. Reblogged this on lepidopteralovers and commented:
    The photo of this Peacock Butterfly is amazing! I love it! Thank you for posting it. πŸ™‚


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