Isabella Toger Longwing (Isabella Eueides) taken at a local butterfly house. Canon 10D, Sigma 105mm Macro, 420 EX with Lumiquest Ultrasoft, f/10, 1/160, FEC +2/3, ISO 100
In many ways this looks underexposed to me, but so far I've taken about 40 pictures of one of these guys across 3 outings and today was the first time I got yellow in the wing like it is in real life.
I have a tendency to visit these butterfly houses on dismal or rainy days - why waste the sun? - so I tend to be very dependent on flash when I shoot them. (They'll be outside soon, I hope.) The 420 EX is not fun when you're totally dependent on flash - a 550 EX is starting to look very useful. I've found a good diffusion device to be very helpful with dark butterfly houses due to the glare of their scales. The OmniBounce doesn't do much, the Lumiquest Pocket Bounce is still too harsh this close because it doesn't diffuse. The Lumiquest Ultrasoft seems to be pretty darn good.
Of course all this goes out the window when I start chasing them outside in the sun.
Any comments or critiques about the picture or the above prattle is appreciated.