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Come on summer!

Come on summer!
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Digital ISO 100, Kenko Extension tube (12mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house., 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-21 11:17
Viewed: 5160
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown-veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

This butterfly has its origins in Africa where a large number of morphologically similar species occur. This subgroup contains members that undertake major mass migrations. In Africa the major member is Belenois aurota which annually undertakes migrations during summer-autumn in a northeast direction. This butterfly has historically made its way to India, and from there probably made its way via Indonesia to Australia where it is now represented by B. java.

The male and female butterflies can occur in either a pale or dark colour form, and both forms can occur together in the one population at the same time. The different colour forms are most obvious in the females, whereby the female pale form is similar to the male, while the female dark form has variable amounts of black or dark brown colouration on the outer half of the wings, and the inner half of the underside of the forewing is bright yellowish orange. The darker forms seem to be a product of a cool breeding period, particularly during winter, which causes a lengthening of the brood period (particularly the pupation period) resulting in increased melanin (black) pigment.

I do not know a lot about butterflies. What I do know is that they bring the rain. One or two days before the rain they hatch and start migrating. I saw them from yesterday and last night it started to rain. It's been raining ever since. You have no idea how happy I am. Whe are about 150mm behind our average rainfall and things were looking pretty dreary. There was a short burst of sunshine this afternoon and I went into the garden. It was bustling with life. I just wish that the rain would continue for a couple of days.

Technical data
Time of day: 4:32PM
Weather conditions: Overcast, soft breeze
Focal length: 192mm
Flash: Canon Speedlight 550EX
Manfrotto 055 PRO Tripod, Manfrotto #222 Ballhead
Camera mode: Aperture priority

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To red45: It's a deal!.. :)gerhardt 1 11-22 07:59
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Really nice shades, well balanced of white and green ! Great compo !

Good macro Gerhard.
Good details and colours , nice composistion-
Great note
Very well done.

Very sharp and colorfull.
Well done

Gerhard, I like your compostion..How opportune for the shot this small flower in matching colors! Great POV angled slightly front with great details seen especially in the body, head, eye and that long, long antenae left. Also, the green BG contrasts very well & compliments the colors of your subjects nicely. Excellent work!

This is absolutely an excellent macro, Gerhard. Perfect!! Jy beweeg nou in die kringe van die meesters.

So beautiful and so fragile, You made very good work, you have luck to have more butterflies, in Region Parisian it rains and it is cold.
Beautiful contrast and management of the color and light
Very great shot Gerhard

Very good picture of this butterfly, that F8 worked perfectly this time getting almost all the subject into DOF. Tones and details are wonderful, and colours too. The eye is captivating.

Yet another superb shots from you Gerhard, only one small nit the near antenae is forward of the focus but thats not unusual in buterfly shots.
I love the note complete with its personal observations, its great when people open their eye's to what is around us we all learn things from the looking.

very nice shot, incredible clear and sharp, excelent details!
i like the colours alot, good contrast with the green background.
the composition is good too and cute little flower :o)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-21 18:19]

Excellent, I see you have your background sorted out now! Very good shot Gerhard. A very nice composition too, although I would be a little tempted to crop off some from the right? Great work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-21 18:56]

A great macro.
Excellent composition and detail,great background.
Nice control of the whites too.
Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-22 1:32]

Please be satisfied, Gerhard!
It is the beautiful butterfly whom your happiness brings us here, on our screen...
The butterfly and the plant get loose marvelously from the bottom.
A composition and a point of view perfects.
A neatness of the impeccable image.
And what note!
I am obliged to put down this image in my favorites.
Thank you

excelland capture of this beautiful butterfly. The green background give a perfect contrast for the whiteand the other colors of the butterfly and the flower. The details are perfect and the colors so sharp and beautiful

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-22 4:41]
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Well Gerhard, let's make a deal :-) I will post snowy pictures for you, and you'll post HOT Africa pictures for me and others frozen Europeans :-) I like this one, especially its eye.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-22 7:03]

Otra composicion de gran calidad.
Perfecto DOF y agudeza, con hermosa presentacion por su colorido y encuadre.

Another composition of great quality.
Perfect DOF and sharpness, with beautiful presentation by their colorful and frame.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-22 12:12]

Just Perfect. Your'e a master. great Great Job. Straight into my favourites

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-22 12:23]

This is one of the best butterfly photo's I've ever seen, excellent, a winner!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-22 14:31]

Absoluut pragtig. It is easy to see when a person is enjoying himself and you are defenitely doing so - your work is showing it as well.

Very good compositiona and perfect sharpness.

Thanks for posting.

Hi Gerhard!

This is a very nice macro shot. I love the details you caught. Very sharp and the green background goes well with the subject. It must feel really good to catch a very nice compositon in a natural setting. Thanks for sharing! Regards!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-11-23 10:13]

Great work. Fascinating. It's a kind of china porcelain!

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