A Little Winged Creature Backlit to Perfection

 

 

Dr Unni shot this Common Emigrant in a low-land garden in Kerala on a rainy day. The butterfly was hanging upside down, to warm itself before it took its first flight. Photograph/Dr Unni Krishnan

Dr Unni shot this Common Emigrant in a low-land garden in Kerala on a rainy day. The butterfly was hanging upside down, to warm itself before it took its first flight. Photograph/Dr Unni Krishnan

“Every subject and scene is unique in its own way. Hence, every attempt is a new challenge.”—Dr Unni Krishnan

“Every subject and scene is unique in its own way. Hence, every attempt is a new challenge.”—Dr Unni Krishnan

Kerala-based photographer Dr Unni Krishnan Pulikkal has been photographing butterflies since 11 years. He has captured thousands of butterfly images till date. He was also the first photographer to exhibit his photographs—a collection of his butterfly images titled ‘Interesting Faces & Colourful Wings’—at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, US in 2007. India’s Limca Book of Records has entered his name for this achievement.
This image was one of the photographs featured in the collection. The butterfly, a Common Emigrant, had just hatched out of its pupil case and was hanging upside down to warm itself, before making its first flight. Dr Unni remembers, “It was shining against a dark background, back-lit by the morning rays. But the light was too feeble to get a good exposure with adequate depth of-field. So I used an external flash to imitate the morning light.”
“Every subject and scene is unique in its own way. Hence, every attempt is a new challenge and perseverance and patience is the key to success,” he adds.

-Written by Neha Mutreja

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