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Purple Sapphire

Purple Sapphire
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-05 2:27
Viewed: 3581
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I had to revise this note after feedback from Sumon through his critique. The Sapphire group of Blues is a bit confusing because the features differ only slightly. Now that I have done a bit of research myself, I am convinced that this species is actually Purple Sapphire and not Sorrel Sapphire as I had concluded earlier erronously. In fact, I had shot a Sorrel Sapphire in Shimla Hills more than two years ago and had posted two pictures of it here on TN.
Whereas I shot some Powder Green Sapphires at a water spring in my native place, this one was shot in the small garden of our house. I have already posted the picture of a Powder Green Sapphire, so this one has its own separate identity.
I must thank Sumon for his guidance here. Some pictures of Sapphires featuring on Wikipedia were taken in Darjeeling Hills in India and Sumon has been there in recent times. Maybe he has shot some of them himself.

Wikipedia gives a one-liner information on this species too and I produce it below:

The Purple Sapphire (Heliophorus epicles) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

Well, most of us know quite a bit about Blues, so this one liner must suffice for now as a brief note.

Thanks for looking and have a nice weekend.

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Hello Ram
Beautiful. Great natural image. Beautiful butterfly, perfect sharpness, great natural colors and good blured background. Also good exposure and nice composition with leafs and butterfly on the right side.

As for the background there is a little noise visible on my screen - it is easy to remove the noise on this photo - maybe I will post a WS later
Best wishes ;-)

Hi Ram,
Nice capture of this Sorrel Sapphire.
Interesting choice of name since sapphires are usually blue and this one doesn't look very blue to me.
Still a nice shot though,and well composed.

dear ram, beautiful image of this butterfly. i love the natural colors. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-05 3:29]

A fine capture of the female of this Heliophorus species Ram, most probably as you say, sena.
You succeeded in achieving fine sharpness and a full DOF on this little butterfly in this dorsal POV when the wings were less than half open and nicely composed on the spray of leaves against a suitably OOF natural Bg.
TFS this fine image of new genus to me.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-05 5:00]

Hello Ram.
Great capture of this Sorrel Sapphire butterfly! Excellent colors and contrast
Very good framing and luminosity. The details and sharpness are very good also.

Hello Ram,
This is a very nice picture, beautiful butterfly, the POV and composition are very nice, great framing.. Well done


Hi Ram,
Nice to comment on your photos after quite a long gap.
Excellent capture of this beautiful BF.You have made the flapping wings still with a fast exposure.Good compo and DOF.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-12-05 7:00]

Hi Ram ,

This is a lovely shot of this pretty butterfly. Excellent focusing, perfect lighting, the picture is crisp and sharp. Lovely composed picture and the POV is great. TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-05 9:16]

Hello Ram,
What a lovely butterfly captured in a very nice natural environment. Beautiful light and colours and the butterfly is sharply in focus. I like its pose and the little tails!
Many thanks for this beautiful contribution! Best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-12-05 9:30]
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Hi Ram sir,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly but I fear this is not Sorrel Sapphire but Purple Sapphire. And this a male species. The marginal red crescents framed with red has a prominent white band which is absent here hence this one is a Purple Sapphire. This is a very neat and sharp image with lovely colours. Superb composition.

Hi Ram, great POV for this small butterfly, splendid colors, perfect focus and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

The Sorrel is an herb...so naturally I am wondering why this butterfly called such...unusual angle..but no detracting....actually makes it a bit more interesting...but back to the Sorrel....its that a common herb in India?

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-05 22:41]

Hello Ram,

What a good DOF you have used! Even with the wings nearly closed the whole insect is in focus and sharp details can be see. It is very well how you have shown the surface of the wings. Even the fibne veines of the wings can be seen and delicate shadows give depth to the surface. The strong light you have had rendered very good and saturated colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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