Hackberry Emporer Butterfly

Seen one summer at a local NWR. These guys usually alight on my shirt and arms so I was glad to get this one on a grass blade.

Canon 7D, 300 f4L IS, 1.4 x TC
ISO 400, f16, 1/250s, hand held

Any comments appreciated.

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

He is beautiful, Allen. The perch and the background really make this a sweet image. Great detail in the BF.

Outstanding composition, detail, color and background. Nothing I would change.

A gorgeous composition, Allen. the curve of the grass blade and positioning of the butterfly are perfect. Well done.


The color patterns are best on the underside of the wings as in this view. The micro contrast of the details can be enhanced slightly to bring out more detail in the wings and body. Comp is awesome :beers: …Jim

Beautiful composition and BG. Couldn’t ask for better. I added a touch more sharpening as suggested by Jim Zablotny, which was a slight but definite improvement in the wing and hair texture. Be sure to look at it large.

Allen: Terrific comp. I do like Phil’s enhancements but this is a superb capture.>=))>

Thanks for the repost Phil - it does look better.