Painted Lady and Repost

Nectaring in the evening on the butterflies’ favourite, Yoruban bologi (Crassocephalum rubens).

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All comments welcome.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
D500 + Tamron 150-600mm (@600mm) 1/800 f11 ISO 5000

Topaz and a small amount of PS Shadows/Highlights and Curves.


The butterfly has a very nice pose (you can see both eyes and the wings as well) and the OOF background is nice and dark which helps enhance the colors. The flower does get a bit lost in the frame due to the butterfly blocking nearly all the sunlight from reaching it and so I would perhaps brighten it up just a tad.

Really nice backlight on the butterfly, Mike, it lights up the wings so beautifully! Really nice contrast in colors too, with that flower.

A wonderful stained-glass butterfly!! Good idea by @DvirBarkay to brighten the flower a bit, and I’d try to tone down the tiny overblown area.

Thanks @DvirBarkay and @Diane_Miller - I’ve brightened the flower and removed the overblown area. Here’s the repost:

Yes! Very nice!! The diagonal of the flower leads the eye along the left wing.