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The Gaika Blue

The Gaika Blue
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 6:33
Viewed: 2073
Points: 56
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The Gaika Blue or Tiny Grass Blue (Zizula hylax)

Recently, Samiran nandy posted beautiful image of this tiny blue with dew drops and wished to see one and my wish came true yesterday (Sunday) in Lalbagh, happily surprised.
This beauty perched on a dry plant with full of dew drops and am happy to capture with all its glory. I found this very low but managed to set my tripod.
This is crop to show the details.

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Hello Nagaraj,
Excellent composition and interesting species of butterfly.
The composition and the natural colors are superb.
It is a great capture with impressive details and very good sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-16 6:56]

Hello Nagraj,
Great sharp detailed photo with very beautiful dew drops. Excellent POV and composition in splendid light and colours. Nice blurred background.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-16 7:01]

Hello Nagaraj,
this is a splendid image with beautiful light and excellent sharpness; great POV and beautiful effect of the pearls of water on the wings. Compliments!

hello Nagaraj
very nice picture with great sharpness and good light
the colours and composition are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Nagraj,
The details and depth are fantastic. I never see a butterfly with dew drops like this before. TFS,

Mr. Nagraj, It is really a nice capture with full of dew droplets and amazingly sharp.
very nice natural colour.
I am also convey my sincere thanks for mentioning my earlier post,unfortunately that one was not sharp enough.

wow what a capture. The tiny grass blue bathed in early morning dew. I love the moderate colors and the shallow depth of field achieved with the aperture of f/5.6 ...in macro photography this is truly wide aperture settings. Impressive exposition and brilliant use of a tripod! Bravo Nagaraj ...this one is a masterpiece!
George Veltchev

A lovely photo of this bejeweled butterfly.
The droplets are perfectly captured in excellent detail. Very nice light.
regards yiannis

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-16 9:38]

Hi Nagraj.v,
Little butterfly, a very nice drops ..
This composition is very lovely with butterfly. Very good capture.
Best wishes,

Ciao Nagaraj. This is a refined close up! Excellent contrast against the blurred BG. Magnificent backlight.


Hello Nagaraj,
Splendid photo of this Ziza hylax, great sharpness, very fine details,
Regards, Joska

Oh my this is a winner. The notes tell the story well sir. the timing for you was a mater of nature and perhaps some luck...or fate, however the outcome was well worth it! Excellent shop!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-16 10:49]

Hello Nagaraj.
The quality of this shot is just superb.Excellent sharp focus and the details of colour and texture with dew drops are also excellent.Great pov and composition.
Best regards Siggi

HI Nagaraj,
I love these water droplets on this butterfly. AMazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Nagaraj, great macro of lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic drops, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-16 11:34]

Hi Nagaraj,
Lovely shot with a very good moment captured. Nice drops of dew.
Nice colours with excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-16 13:34]

Hi Nagaraj,spectacular capture under the morning dew,very impressive sharpness and colors,the drops details are really fantastics.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nagraj,
Another early capture with the butterfly still drenched in dew. Beautiful details against the muted bg.
Kind regards,

Impressive scene Nagaraj! Another excellent photo with very good composition, wonderful BG, fantastic lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hello Nagaraj,
What a lovely image with fantastic colours. It is a wonderful composition
with perfect focus and great POV.

Hello Nagaraj,
You certainly succeeded well with this capture!! Excellent sharpness and details. Great POV, colours, light and DOF. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Hi Nagaraj, Very nice capture of this Gaika Blue Butterfly my friend, splendid POV, good exposure and just amazing early morning dew drops that adds to the beauty of this lovely picture, one small gripe here and that is the sharpness is a little off the mark, nevertheless a very nice image indeed,
Best Regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-18 9:17]

Resting Blues covered in dew are almost your hallmark Nagaraj!
Great lighting, sharpness, colours and composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Nagaraj,
Impressive macro shot of this lovely butterfly with dew drops, excellent details sharpness, great composition and a perfect background,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

this is a great shot of this butterfly. The water drops are a plus. Excellent sharpness and detail. Bill

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-21 6:08]

Hello Nagaraj,
this is a lovely view of this small blue. The details are really wonderful. The dews are stunning in giving this composition an excellent work.
very well presented shot.


excellent picture Nagraj, congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hallo Nagaraj,
a superb capture of the Tiny Grass Blue, very good sharpnessd and fantastic droplets, very beautiful natural, very nice composition
Best regards

Hi Nagaraj,
Very nice shot on this beautiful butterfly,
great colour and very good details, very well composition.

Hi Nagaraj,
Excellent macro shot,nice natural colours,perfect focus and great sharp details.

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