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Hidden Beauty

Hidden Beauty
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Copyright: Sowmya Vallabhajosyula (sowmyav82) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 36] (258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 0:01
Viewed: 3164
Points: 8
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Taken at Landscape Gardens, Osmania University.

When my cousin and I went to the Gardens today, we found this Peacock pansy. Both of us chased the butterfly for a very long time with no luck. When we almost gave up, it settled and let us take few snaps :).When the wings were closed, it was just plain brown. When it opened its wings, it was so beautiful.

This butterfly changes form during dry and wet seasons. This is called Seasonal polyphenism.
Info from Wikipedia on this topic: Many of the tropical butterflies have distinctive seasonal forms. This phenomenon is termed seasonal polyphenism and the seasonal forms of the butterflies are called the dry-season and wet-season forms. How the season affects the genetic expression of patterns is still a subject of research. Experimental modification by ecdysone hormone treatment has demonstrated that it is possible to control the continuum of expression of variation between the wet and dry-season forms.The dry-season forms are usually more cryptic and it has been suggested that the protection offered may be an adaptation. Some also show greater dark colours in the wet-season form which may have thermoregulatory advantages by increasing ability to absorb solar radiation.

More information about Peacock pansy @ wikipedia:


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To ramthakur: Hi Ram,sowmyav82 1 03-16 01:55
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Good pictures, I liked the one below. Having said that just to make sure u don't loose opportunities! I have few tips.
shooting butterflies is nice but a challenging experience adherence to the following will make ur picture stand out :-)

1. Always use a stand (This is going to reduce camera shake and make ur pictures more crisp)
2. Since u use a macro lens make sure ur parallel to the subject of interest so ur DOF covers most of the interseting part of the picture.
3. The most important part is that u'll have to bring out the best in butterflies anatomy wrt to details and colors, for starters u can concentrate on wings and eyes ( This is more of a personal taste )

Hope i did not put you off!

Hi Soumya,

Lovely sharp contrast snap!!

but hope to see the second one in a large frame...that looks more interesting...


hello sowmya,

its good to see that we have got another butterfly lover from India, here you will have company of many butterfly lovers like sumon, goutham, Ram sir, haraprasan, ganesan and me too,

out of the two images i liked the image at the bottom, thats a beautiful capture and should have been posted solely. i liked the the composition, the colours and the pov, i did not like the immage at the to as i feel that the pov could have been better and shallow dof has made majority of the part oof,

goutham has already given you good tips on doing better macro, he is the best butterfly shooter among with sumon and i am sure that you will be doing great posts in time to come.

keep shooting and keep sharing,
tfs & regards

The open wings picture of this Peacock Pansy is certaily better than the one with the wings closed, Sowmya.
Though the focus is soft on certain parts of the butterfly, it is certainly an attractive image with rich colours.
You are getting used to your new DSLR. I'm sure you would be doing great work with it soon.
All the best.

Namaste Sowmya,
this butterfly is so wonderful, I wish I could see this one some day with my own eyes.
Very good post here, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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