Mini-GESO: Monarch Releases
Daniel J. Matyola
danmatyola at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 12:04:15 EDT 2020
I agree that having it on a branch or leaf with a nice background would
likely be a better image photographically. I have images like that,
however, and was trying for something different here.
The purpose of these images was to illustrate the process of releasing the
emerged butterflies, taking them from the cage and setting them free in the
great outdoors. In most cases, the best method is to do this by hand,
capturing one gently between my hands, taking it outdoors, and then opening
my hands to see how the insect will react. Some immediately fly high in
the sky to look for nectar plants. Others, like these, cling to my hand
for several minutes until they decide to fly away or I gently place them on
the leaf of a milkweed or nectar plant. One in particular held on so
tightly that I could feel it pinching my skin, and I had to make several
attempts before I managed to transfer its feet to a plant rather than my
It is an interesting process, and I wanted to share part of it with my
On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 11:31 AM Igor PDML-StR <pdmlstr at komkon.org> wrote:
> "Wild about Daddy Cool"
> (If you are not familiar with the reference: https://youtu.be/FYGTT7YhywA
> On a serious note, - that is a nice, clear picture (the first one). It
> would be nice if you could find some twig to sit it on with some a bit
> more uniform background kept even more OOF (maybe even with some
> nice bokeh?).
> ann sanfedele Sat, 22 Aug 2020 19:18:45 -0700 wrote:
> I agree with Henk -- it does seem like they know you are daddy
> On 8/22/2020 3:43 PM, Henk Terhell wrote:
> Dan, beautiful creatures and great colors.
> It looks as if they recognize you have raised them!
> Op 2020-08-22 om 15:59 schreef Daniel J. Matyola:
> Two more images from recent Monarch releases. I find it a bit
> tricky to
> operate the camera with one hand while holding the other hand
> steady for
> the butterfly.
> smc DA 35 mm F 2.8 Macro Limited, hand-held
> Comments are invited and appreciated.
> Dan Matyola
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