2014—Gray Hairstreak

I have more than a few streaks of gray in my hair so I was delighted to see the return to my garden of the Gray Hairstreak butterfly, a small butterfly with a penchant for herbs. Here are three shots of it, two on the flowering basil and one of the flowering chive. I decided to use the D800 with the 80-400mm lens and set the camera to shutter priority mode in case something fast moving came by. The Gray Hairstreak tends to sit for a while on a flower, turning for the best access so I didn’t really need the fast shutter speed but I like the exposure and I didn’t feel the need to apply any exposure compensation. I did almost nothing to these shots beyond the minimal preset I apply when downloading files and I cropped them.

Focal Length 400mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/400s

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Focal Length 400mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/400s

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Focal Length 400mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/400s

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