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    Cool Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    We have had some very nice September weather here this week which has inspired my photographic creativity. So, took one of my IR-E-1s, equipped with the Peleng 8mm fisheye, for a lunch walk yesterday.

    We have some pretty nice (but now almost withered) buddleias by the student unioin's building ,which attracts a lot of butterflies when florishing.
    So, I came up with this photo:

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    IR-E-1 (cold mirror) ISO 100, 1/320 s., f/8, Prefocus with lens unscrewed 1 mm in the M42 mount to get to 5 cm focus distance, uncropped. (No PP apart from contrast enhancement and sharpening.)

    As usual, I enjoy very much any comments, critiques, or suggestions that may lead to discussion!

    Enjoy!

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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    wow... but spooky.

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    ah you FE the butterfly in IR as if appears to on your lens, but is not , beautiful Jens! Cheers Pete

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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    That's surreal and beautiful. And just a little creepy.

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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    Jens,
    Nice capture . The antenna on the butterfly is unusual. It looks like the one has a light on it .
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    Thanks a lot for the comments shrimp and Pete!

    Shrimp, I'm curious about what makes it "spooky" for you?

    Pete, the butterfly was practically on the lens - only 5 cm (2") away.

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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    Thanks caw1975 and Denny.

    Caw, the surreal impression, I guess, is what you get from both IR-photography and using a fisheye lens. Maybe the combination of those is what makes it "creepy"? I'd love to hear any comments on that.

    Denny, the antenna has some similar, but less distinct, contrast in visible light but the IR-capture exaggerates the contrasts - of the entire butterfly.

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    Jens what makes it creepy is the Fish eye lens is like our own eye so it gives the feeling of the butterfly being on your cornea aka eyeball. A photo with feeling and reaction. cheers Pete

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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    Very surreal, and very cool, Jens! Sort of looks like the butterfly is on a pane of glass, and everything else is some distance behind.
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    Default Re: Red Admiral [IR-FE-macro]

    Thanks Nate and Jim.

    An interesting thing to note here is that the DOF actually is pretty short. A testimony of the fact that DOF in a given format is determined entirely by magnification and aperture (here ~0.15x and f/8, respectively) while focal length (here 8 mm) and distance is secondary (as those combined makes the magnification).

    Cheers, Jens.
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    E-5, E-3, E-510, IR-E-1 ,E-P2
    ZD: 7-14, 14-54, 50, 50-200 SWD, 90-250/2.8, 300/2.8, EC-14, EC-20
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    FL-50R, FL-40, FL-20, HLD-2, HLD-4, cleaved ZD EX-25 w. electric bypass, 250D, 500D, KatzEye Plus OptiBrite
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