Saturday (25-June-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Moth or Butterfly?

I saw this insect while sitting out on the deck this evening. It landed at just beyond the minimum focus distance of the lens. Two images with slightly different depth of field (f/4, 1/125 sec) and (f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Both shot “mirror up” with 30 sec delay to allow the lens to stabilize.

Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.
Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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