I was shooting photos of the pair of swans that show up annually at a pond near my home when a butterfly showed up and was flitting around the swans. The one swan that was awake was interacting with the butterfly and even snapped at it a couple times. I got a sequence of photos of the interaction and processed 15 of them. This one has the best shot of the butterfly so I picked it to post. If you zoom in, you can even see the antenna on the butterfly!
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Sony a6500, SEL200-600G @ 600 mm, ISO-200, f/6.3, 1/4000, hand held, shot a few bursts until the butterfly left the scene.
Here’s a re-post with distractions eliminated. Thanks, David!
That’s a real David and Goliath face-off, it seems. It’s great that the swan and bf are both looking at each other and in clear focus. I’m wondering if it would be even more effective if you cut out the other swan? Probably not much; it’s a super catch anyway.
This is SO totally cool!! Who would ever think of a swan and butterfly in the same place, not to mention in the same frame, with perfect exposure and tonal detail! And the one-legged stance is wonderful! Trumpeter Swans??
This is a wonderful moment and I’m so glad you had the skill to bring it to us. I like the branches removed since it makes the butterfly stand out so much better. The interaction is pretty cool. Glad the swan didn’t manage to eat it though. You could have a go at cropping out the sleeping swan if you wanted. Content aware fill could extend the canvas to balance things.
PS. Now you’ve got me singing Dog and Butterfly which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Looks like a Milbert’s tortoise shell butterfly interacting with the swans. A very unusual setting for this interaction with snow cover–but its Alasaka. The version with the branches removed is awesome…Jim
Thank you for identifying the butterfly, Jim! Yes, it seems odd to see a butterfly in a photo of snow & ice but with the huge amount of snow we get it stays around well into the warmer Spring weather which brings out the insects and wildlife.