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A most extraordinary thing. Riding the euphoric wave of yesterday’s Welcome Swallow shoot, I came upon a flutter of Swallowtail Butterflies.
How coincidental that they were flying erratically around a pink bottlebrush tree in a mating ritual – catching them in flight was harder than Chinese algebra!
I was glad of the Sandisk 128GB Extreme Pro card in the slot that enabled continuous shooting at 10/fps for lots of attempts of which less than 10% were useable.

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OMD M5 Mkii, 1/5000", F5.6, ISO1600, AE Mode, 10/fps

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Very nice shots Mark. Lovely colours.
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Wonderful shots Mark

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Great shots, Mark.
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Love the colors!
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The erratic flight is a defense strategy to make them difficult to catch (mechanically). That they are also difficult to catch optically is merely an annoying side effect.
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Gene, Paul, thanks for commenting.

Scoundrel, the fact that they are difficult to catch optically is what inspires me to try! Ergo, who gets a thrill out of shooting fish in a barrel?
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Scoundrel, the fact that they are difficult to catch optically is what inspires me to try! Ergo, who gets a thrill out of shooting fish in a barrel?

Have you ever tried? Granted, shooting fish (with a camera) in a barrel isn't as difficult as shooting butterflies on the wing, but it offers its own difficulties. If you are talking about actual barrels, either the old-fashioned wooden kind or the newer plastic or metal ones, the sides and bottom are opaque and they are too small to go into the barrel with the fish with an underwater camera. This leaves only top access for both the lighting and the imaging. If the barrel is full of fish, the water's surface isn't guaranteed to be smooth, flat, and of good optical quality and you must contend with reflections. Here is one of my own attempts at shooting fish in a barrel, though in this case the barrel was actually a koi pond:


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