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The Butterfly with Attitude

The Butterfly with Attitude
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-16 5:37
Viewed: 3241
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today was a boring sunday for me, No butterflies to shoot, i think now they take a break on sundays.

I have some shots of butterflies at my archives to make up for the dry days, This shot is one of them.

I have developed a liking for this species (peacock pansy) too (besides The Plain Tiger) and have managed to get some shots with different pov. This particular pov is frontal pov and if you will watch carefully youll find red eye too. I never knew that butterflies can also get red eye ????.

Critiques and comments are welcome and thanks a lot for liking my past posts.

medio, Alex99, eqshannon, mariki, NinaM, jcoowanitwong, uleko, Argus, Juyona, mlines, jrobertop, Adanac, haraprasan, Debz has marked this note useful
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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-16 5:50]

Hi Pankaj,
A very good, the framing and composition are excellent as is the approach very good picture!!
Greetings Jose

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-16 6:10]

Bonjour Pankaj,

Cette composition est très jolie.J'aime bien la prise de vue et les couleurs.
Merci pour le partage.



I like this POV,
Great capture and the BG gives it the portrait effect.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-16 7:12]

Hi Pankaj.
I like this impressive POV so much as well as the wonderful subject. You have used the ability of the equipment perfectly. DOF is great and flash work is amazing. Exposure of the butterfly, flower and BG are superb. I also like symmetric composition. It is very impressive too. Bravo and my kind regards.

Ahhh..well Sunday was boring here as well..Direct TV has decided to show us Vigil Mass instead of live Sunday Mass..how disappointing..so I turned to TN early to look at things such as your wonderful archives...Very nice and a well chosen title...may your next day be brighter! Take your daughter with you on the next shoot. Perhaps she will see something from a childs eyes which you miss!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-16 7:49]

Hello Pankaj,
very impressive presentation of the butterfly from this difficult point of view and under these light conditions - a real artwork with respect to colours, composition and light effects.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-16 8:00]

Hi Pankaj,a beautiful butterfly with a great background. The rim of light around the wings is so nice. I like seeing it from underneath as well and the red eyes are terrific! Thanks for sharing Pankaj,


Hi Pankaj,
Hardly see a butterfly at this pov. The Peacok Pansy looks different at this pov. The picture is wonderful and well balanced. TFS this fine image.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 8:18]

Hello Pankaj
Another magnificent shot with a beautiful amazing composition, the different POV and excellent bg are a fantastic point.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Pankaj, great POV for this splendid butterfly with wonderful details and great contrast against blurry BG, lovely composition with beautiful flower, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is an amazing POV you used here. I love the translucence of the butterfly wings. Sharpness is good and the symmetry of the composition is effective. I like the soft background. Yes indeed, there is a red eye!

Evelynn : )

Hi this is ddc ( daringly dynamic composition) I like the POV a lot. The clolors and lighting are excellent and thanks for ue kind words on my pic

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-16 9:53]

Hello Pankaj,
THis is a splendid capture from a low frontal POV. You used flash whih worked really well together with the natural light from above. Great sharpness and beautiful colours. The red eyes look quite funny! Lovely background too in this fine composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-16 9:59]

Hello Pankaj,
This is really an unusual POV which you have sharply portrayed thanks to the great DOF with the high aperture. The exposure and composition of this frontal view from below of the Peacock Pansy is also excellent.
A unique view of a popular butterfly!
Well done and thanks,
Regards, Ivan

Hello Pankaj,
again a splendid composition, I like so much the low point of view, excellent colors, lovely background and realy good focus,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-16 11:26]

Excellent POV Pankaj!
Very original.
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Great DOF and detail.
Well done,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-12-16 12:47]

Hi Pankaj the wings are really outstanding, composition is a little dark but the nice POV makes it even.
Thanks for sharing and have a good week Reina

Hello Pankaj,
very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also.
Very well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-16 13:20]

Hola Pankaj,
sensacional trabajo,
delicado pov y buen pose...
excelente macro,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-16 14:02]

beautifull corner of view and perfect details and light,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-16 14:15]

Hi Pankaj,

I have to laugh. So it's never on Sunday for butterflies now! Another beauty today - with a very unusual POV. You show off the wings and markings beautifully. The colors and lighting are superb.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-16 14:26]

Hi Pankaj, Good POV and with the wings horizontal looks unusually attractive. Good clarity throughout. I like the shadow over the flight deck. TFS. Murray.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-16 15:45]

Hello Pankaj

Great frontal POV,it looks like a glider ready to take off.
The DOF is well done,and the focus is sharp with a lovely OOF BG.
Nicely composed with sharp detail and focus.
Wonderful job.


Hi Pankaj,
Lovely composition!
Marvellous perspective and excellent coloration.
Splendid sharpness and framing.
Thanks for sharing this marvel.
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hello Pankaj,

Great composition. Good POV and sharpness. Beautiful light and lovely colours.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-17 0:51]

Hi Pankaj,
you must be pleased to have this quality of work lying around in your archives my friend! Top work, an excellent precise DOF, super sharp detail and i love the background here too, very well done!

Hi Pankaj,
What a beautiful composition. Lovely details and a nice POV to portray the pansy over lantana flowers. Thanks a lot for sharing.

What an amazing angle...the light forms a halo around the whole beautiful creature! Splendid!!!!
Gorgeous lighting and wonderful color...great pose.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-17 4:23]

Hello Pankaj,
I really like the point of view and composition in this image, it's different than most but is splendid. Focus and exposure are spot on, great job Pankaj thank you.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-17 5:08]

Hello Pankaj, another of your masterpieces ! Great POV and great pose of the butterfly. THe details are so sharp and the BG is fantastic, well done, thanks !


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-17 14:36]

Wow, I didn't see this great head on shot of this lovely Butterfly. I love the pov, the colours and light are wonderful and your focus and dof is perfect. All nice and sharp, most of all a wonderful composition with a difference.

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