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Indian Tortoiseshell

Indian Tortoiseshell
Photo Information
Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-11-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-20 7:42
Viewed: 905
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this "Tortoiseshell Butterfly" in Lava, West Bengal, India. The Indian Tortoiseshell(Aglais Kaschmirensis) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, primarily in the Himalayas. UPPERSIDE of forewings with the basal half of costa and termen pale brown, the former flecked with pale yellow, the latter bordered band bearing a series of black lunules; outwardly traversed by sinuous slender subterminal and more slender terminal black lines. UNDERSIDE, brown with closely set transverse short black striae; basal half of wings clouded with dark purplish brown, the outer margin of the dark portion defined by a highly sinuous jet blacktransverse line, most distinct on the hind wing, and also crossed, nearer the base of the wings, by two or three similar much interrupted lines, terminal half of the wings paler, with two dark irregular patches bellow costa of fore wing.

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hallo Sri
this is a beauty
good composition and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-20 12:22]

Hi Srikumar,i must to wait 2 months to see one of this family in my country...ehehe...for the moment i enjoy your beautiful tortoiseshell in a beautiful diagonal capture with the best details on the right wing and very bright colors too,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,
Excellent photo with incredible clarity and razor sharp details.
Perfect composition with this interesting butterfly specie.

Hello Srikumar

The warm light and color tones are very beautiful, with fine POV and like
the vertical framing you give, excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-20 19:06]

Hello Srikumar,
what a colourful capture!! Well focused image with good colours and contrasts.Excellent sharpness, details and POV.
Thanks and Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-20 19:16]

Hello Srikumar,
I have only once photographed a Tortoiseshell butterfly and I wasn't all that pleased with the results, you did fine job on this one. I love it's intricate marking and gorgeous mix of colors. Photographed in an attractive full opened wing pose and displaying excellent detail. Your composition is quite eye catching and completely filled with beautiful color. I really like the vertical framing and excellent exposure you managed to obtain. Great job!!

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-01-20 22:52]

Hello Srikumar

Excellent capture of Aglais Kaschmirensis in a diagonal align, excellent sharpness and details, very nice natural BG, very beautiful colors, very nice and clear pattern of the wings.



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-01-21 10:46]

Hi Srikumar,
I have not seen before ..
Good composition, colors lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Ciao Srikumar, great macro of lovely butterfly,, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Beautiful color n very sharp foto. Gud work.


Hi Srikumar,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Tortoiseshell butterfly. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Sri,
Beautiful photo and useful note. I never knew you have different tortoiseshell species over there in India than we in Europe. Spectacular warm color tones and interesting composition, while depth of field's perfect. Even a touch oversharpened in my opinion (at least on the right wing), a photo to be proud of. It rocks! Bravo!
Best regards, László

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