From the Archives – Hackberry Emperor
Butterflies are one of the three groups of things that I have started specializing in after returning to the States. This image of a Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis) was made in early July 2007 with my trusty Canon 10D. I took advantage of getting the butterflies wings nearly parallel with the focal plane of the camera and then shot a reasonably neutral aperture (f9) to achieve both adequate depth to get the butterfly in focus but the noisy residential background blurred out. The IS on the lens allowed me to shoot this handheld at 1/125th of a second, or more than twice as slow as I normally would have been expected to with that focal length (300mm). I love the spotted wing eyes on the Hackberry Emperors as well as the detail in the real eyes.