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Colotis vestalis.

Colotis vestalis.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies of India 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 9:42
Viewed: 6707
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Colotis vestalis (Butler, 1876)
White Arab.

Genus: Colotis
Family: Pieridae
Order: Lepidoptera
Class: Insecta
Phylum: Arthropoda

Wingspan: approximately 35 - 40mm.

Far from being an expert with Indian lepidoptera, I am grateful to have received your help to identify this cute little butterfly I followed a few steps into dry but fertile open space during a short stop at the roadside of the motorway from Delhi to Agra.

Thanks to Peter Roos (batu) for the identification.

The shy little butterfly species shown here is widespread from tropical Africa and Madagascar through the Arabian peninsula, and from southern Iran to India.

When going to India three weeks ago with a bunch of students of graphics and advertising, our aim was to visit some outstanding highlights of the rich Indian creative industry: leading advertising agencies and art schools, and the world's largest film factories in Mumbai.

My brief preparations for that trip did not include any study of books on Indian butterflies. A bit of a pity, as I came to see butterflies in unexpected numbers and varieties - in the tinyest greens in densely populated cities as well as near roadsides, let alone in the dense jungles near the giant city of Mumbai.

I will be happy to present a few glimpses of nature from India with my next postings - having seen them with the same curious but ignorant eyes as I looked upon European butterflies when I was a young boy.

Getting an idea of the tremendously rich diversity of Indian culture was the aim of my trip with students from University of Applied Arts Vienna. Finding an immensely rich nature came as an unexpected special bonus. With all its problems of overpolulation, rural and urban poverty, India is a most loveable, marvellous country - an orgy of colours with people even prettier than the prettiest butterflies.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm, F/4, 1/640 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 27.10.2006, 13:47 local time.

Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to the web, selectively sharpened, noise removal on BG, brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.




Thank you for looking.

Have a very good weekend.

rufous03, Alex99, horia, ramthakur, anel, phlr, volkan, gelor, dew77, jmp, XOTAELE, Pentaxfriend, wuta, magal, red45, Janice, reina, wallhalla15, jchemas, limier, pvb, carper, SkyF, Hotelcalifornia has marked this note useful
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Hi Peter,
Nice picture. I like the balance in the colors and your composition. Sharp and clear I like it very much.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Nicely done. Good composition and excellent color. Detail is excellent. Complimentary background works well and is not distracting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-11 10:02]

Bravo, Peter.
My congratulations. Fantastic beauty shot. Sweet flowers, elegant, aerial and colourful. Their delicateness impresses. The beauty of the butterfly corresponds only with beauty of the flowers. Its details are exact and beautiful. DOF and BG are skilful also as well as a composition and framing. Great artistic picture by Great Master. TFS and my best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-11 10:13]

Hi Peter

Another really adorable butterfly from you!
What a baeutiful composition! I really like all those details - beginning from the head and antena, all the way to the hair on the wings - very impressive. The colors and tones of both the subject but also the flower and the BG are really great and the exposure is spot-on.
Very well done, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-11 10:15]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this Indian White on a beautiful flower, both very much in focus. Very nice composition and I like the colour of the background.
Thanks, Ulla

Hi Peter,
What a gem of a butterfly picture you captured on the road to Agra! It is a massive macro, but with the finest POV, colours, sharpness and details. Also, it is a very attractive composition with the butterfly perched on a flowery stalk or whatever one calls it.
It gives me immense pleasure to know that you found India and its people quite interesting.
As an Indian, I feel gratified to hear such nice things about my country from a person of your sensibilities.
Thanks for sharing this lovely picture and take care.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-11 10:37]

Hallo Peter,
Da muss man ja schon staunen.Welche Schärfe des Bildes, und das ohne Stativ. Künstlerisch gestaltetes Bild mit wunderschönen feinen Rosa- und Weisstönen.Leicht grauer Hintergrund, schöner geht es farblich nicht mehr.
Danke auch für die Reiseschilderung. Du und Ram sind wohl die grossen Erzähler auf TN.
Noch schönen Abend

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-11 10:45]
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Hallo Peter,
aus Indien zurück bekommen wir jetzt deine schöne Ausbeute zu sehen. Neben den österreichischen hast du auch die indischen Falter voll im Griff. Ein supergutes Bild von der kleinen
- Colotis vestalis
die habe ich im letzten Jahr auch in Indien beobachten können (ohne Digitalkamera).
Ein Bild zum Schuppenzählen!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hello Peter
Very nice shot of butterfly,
Perfect composition and
beautiful colors, Excellent.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-11 11:15]

Hello Peter,
simply beautifull! BOth the upper wing, as well as the underwing makes it special.
Well done, Jacob

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-11 11:30]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.
Very nice POV,DOF,details and sharpness indeed.

  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-11 11:44]

Bonsoir Peter,
Superbe prise ! Excellente composition, netteté et profondeur de champ sans reproche. Bravo.
Points à venir demain

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-11 11:47]

Guten Abend Peter,
Das ist ein wunderbares Schmetterling photo.Sharfe,Hintergrund,natürliche Farben sind herrlich und das Bild ist sehr gut kompoziert.
Ich wünsche dich auch ein sehr schönes Wochenende!
Mit herzlichen Grüssen...:-)

Hi Peter
Great photo. Interesting POV. Good sharpnes and composition. Beautiful colors. I have never seen these butterfly

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-11 12:19]

Hi Peter,
Once again, an excellent shot. Perfect focus and colors, great details and exposure, outstanding composition where the flower and the background work fine,... A really lovely shot. I like to see both sides of wings.
Best regars, my friend.
José M.

Hermosa imagen Peter. Tanto la flor como la mariposa están adecuadamente centradas. Has logrado una nitidez realmente estupenda. Perfectos detalles. Saludos, JL.

Hi Peter,

Exellent shot
Superb sharp and very well detailed
Perfect composition, colours, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-11 13:31]

Hello Peter , Een beauty shot , great colours sharpnes details compositie and beauty flower , very good ,Good Weekend Teunie .

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-11-11 15:24]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic shot with what in my opinion is a very well captured pose that practically reveals all the colours of this white. Composition and detail are excellent and exposure spot-on.
TFS and for the informative note

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-11 16:08]

Hello Peter!

You're far from your Heimat :-) Very good macro, detailed, sharp, with good POV. Not only insect looks great - flower is also very interesting. Good work and I'm waiting for more!

Hallo Peter,
so ein hübscher Kerl, gute Schärfe und eine nette Pose. Vor allem gefällt mir auch die Blüte, rosa Glöckchen, das ist putzig.
Tolles Bild, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-11 21:18]

Ah Peter, how pretty this butterfly on the flower looks. Very sharp and clear to see. Well captured, TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-12 4:37]
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Hi Peter
Wow my friend, this is so neat. The details are perfect, the colours are stunning, the BG is absolutely pleasing, and the exposure was on the dollar. I don't know which looks better, the butterfly or the flower. The composition is just amazing showing that active little proboscis and the bearded face. It even looks like it made eye contact with you.
Great work my friend and TFS.

bonjour peter
bien vu,ce point de vue nous permet d'admirer les couleurs et motifs des ailes sur les deux faces.
les details sont tres bons et le BG bien flou.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-12 8:00]

Hi Peter, wonderfull image, sharpness is amazing, combination of colours, pink and black in the wings is sophisticated. TFS Reina

Hello Peter.
Great macro and superb composition of this Indian White.
I like the way that the butterfly is frame and the sharpness of the details not only of the insect’s body but of the flower that is posing on.
Great and finest POV, colours, sharpness, details and the BG is superb.


Hallo Peter,
ein gestochen scharfes Schmetterlingsmakro zeigst Du uns hier! Gratulation - dieses Foto gefällt mir sehr. Wie immer sind Deine Fotos, die Du mit der Sony geschossen hast, eine Augenweide. Danke Dir. Ich wünsche Dir eine erfolgreiche Woche.

Great shot of this little beauty.
Exceptional sharpness and details.
Well composed on this lovely flower.

Excellent POV my friend
So clear with great BG.The beautiful pink color of the flower the and the tree different colors of the butterfly makes the composition more than excellent.
TFS for one more time.
Give us more

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-16 15:35]

Hallo Peter,
Very nice composition of this lovely butterfly. Nice sharpness and details. Very nice colours also in the bg.
tfs paula

mastershot Peter,
of this fantastic butterfly, the shot is technical very good, I can say to this one, I think it's perfect, very good job, with my compliments.
gr. jaap

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture. Two sides of the wings visible; one focused. Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-18 10:19]

Hallo Peter,
wieder so ein schoenes Exemplar. Die Farben sind toll und auch die Bildaufteilung ist Dir wieder sehr gut gelungen.
Man sieht sehr viel Detail; ob in der Zeichnung des Schmetterlings oder an der Struktur der blueten auf dem er sitzt. Eine sehr schoene Aufnahme.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-20 13:46]

Exquisite image with perfect composition my dear friend.

I like it a lot: composition, background, DOF, focus, POV, sharpness, color, lighting, framing, notes and PP.

I don't like it: nothing.

Perfect colors (including the whites), perfect background, great presentation.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hi Peter again,

Another beauty from India:) We want see more exotic species:)) Very nice colors and nice BG.

have a nice trip.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-11 15:43]

Cze¶æ Prter. ¦wietna kolekcja motyli, wspania³a fotka. Kadr, ostro¶æ i kolory super.

Hello Peter,
Nice to see this beautiful butterfly from my country. Very well captured with stunning color and details. Well composition too.
Thanks for showing with useful NOTE,

I wanted to "THANK" you for adding my picture in the theme "OUTSTANDING".So decided to visit your gallery and chose a picture and comment.
Thanks a lot.
Best regards and have a nice WE,

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