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Iridescent Blue Butterflies

DwellerInDale
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Jun 17 2013, 4:04am


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A few fans may be a bit upset about the change in color of the Mirkwood butterflies, from black to iridescent blue. In one of the threads below, people knowledgeable about digital video technology have explained how difficult it is to create true blacks and to render 3-dimensional black objects in CGI.

In this thread I wanted to point out that iridescent blue butterflies do exist. They are called "Morpho" butterflies, and they mostly occur in the tropics. The attached picture shows what a flock of them look like. The interesting thing about them is that their wings have no blue color pigment. The iridescent blue is made completely by the structure of their wing scales, which causes constructive and destructive interference of light waves. The link leads to a video that starts at the butterfly's wing and goes in with an electron microscope to show the structure of the scales.

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Don't mess with my favorite female elf.





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Iridescent Blue Butterflies DwellerInDale Send a private message to DwellerInDale Jun 17 2013, 4:04am
    Doen't bother me. I am more interested in them needing to make the Blue of Gandalf's hat a touch more consistantly obvious. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jun 17 2013, 5:16am
    I love the iridescent blue butterflies! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Jun 17 2013, 5:21am
        Me too. Thoromir Send a private message to Thoromir Jun 17 2013, 5:25am
            I can't seem to edit my previous post.. Thoromir Send a private message to Thoromir Jun 17 2013, 7:27am
                In the book Yngwulff Send a private message to Yngwulff Jun 17 2013, 7:53am
                    Yes he did Thoromir Send a private message to Thoromir Jun 17 2013, 9:23am
                        Well, if they are a variant form of Purple Emperor Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Jun 17 2013, 10:36am
                Just FYI entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jun 17 2013, 5:30pm
                    Ok, thanks entmaiden ;) // Thoromir Send a private message to Thoromir Jun 17 2013, 5:35pm
    I like the butterflies Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Jun 17 2013, 7:18am
    I love the blue butterflies namarie Send a private message to namarie Jun 17 2013, 11:01am
    Bending light waves to make blue The Grey Elf Send a private message to The Grey Elf Jun 17 2013, 3:13pm
    So much of everything has been changed in the movies to the book... SkaldOfTheNorse Send a private message to SkaldOfTheNorse Jun 17 2013, 4:08pm
    They have some of those at the conservatory here... bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Jun 17 2013, 6:43pm
    Potential Gandy Send a private message to Gandy Jun 17 2013, 7:03pm
    Video Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Jun 17 2013, 7:15pm
    Very glad they kept the scene in, but the change in colour seems like such a small pointless thing to change malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Jun 17 2013, 7:21pm
        Because... bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Jun 17 2013, 7:35pm
        So even if the technical difficulties can't be resolved, entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Jun 17 2013, 7:36pm
            Well yeah I'd prefer...I just liked in The book how dark and mysterious everything seemed in Mirkwood malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Jun 17 2013, 7:55pm
        3D Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Jun 19 2013, 2:22am
    Changing the color doesn't bother me Sinister71 Send a private message to Sinister71 Jun 18 2013, 2:11am

 
 
 

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