Butterflies at Pignal (New Forest)

Pignal Inclosure in the New Forest, is an excellent place for butterflies, and this visit on a hot sunny July day, proved to be no exception.  I went with the intention of finding some Silver-washed Fritillary butteflies, and was not disappointed, they along with many Skippers were about in large numbers.  I saw at least 50 of them on the visit.  These were not the only butterflies about, and the following pictures show the wide variety that were about.

First off the target Silver-washed Fritillary shots.

Silver-washed Fritillary
Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5 1/640 in Natural Light.  Cropped.

Silver-washed Fritillary
Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F7.1 1/500 in Natural Light.  Cropped.

And then some of the Skippers that were so prevalent.  The first one being toned by a Topaz Adjust Photoshop plugin effect.  (Autumn).

Large skipper Topaz Adjusted
Large skipper Topaz Adjusted

Large skipper Topaz Adjusted.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/400 in Natural Light.  Topaz Adjust effect applied.

Large Skipper on thistle
Large Skipper on thistle

Large Skipper on thistle.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/400 in Natural Light.

Large Skipper
Large Skipper

Large Skipper. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/500 in Natural Light.

Nectaring Large Skipper
Nectaring Large Skipper

Nectaring Large Skipper. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/400 in Natural Light.  Cropped.

Next up – a Brimstone – not the best of pictures this one.

Brimstone
Brimstone

Brimstone. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/640 in Natural Light.

Then a nice posing Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper

Brimstone. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/640 in Natural Light.

And another species – a Ringlet,  on the popular butterfly plant of the day – brambles.

Ringlet
Ringlet

Ringlet. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/400 in Natural Light.

A nice and bright Peacock.

Peacock
Peacock

Peacock. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/160 in Natural Light.

Finally a female Marbled white that sat nicely for some shots, including a full 1:1 magnification closeup.

Marbled White at full 1:1
Marbled White at full 1:1

Marbled White at full 1:1. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/200 in Natural Light.

Marbled White
Marbled White

Marbled White. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F4 1/160 in Natural Light.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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