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The Gram Blue for Nagraj

The Gram Blue  for Nagraj
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-17 18:07
Viewed: 3797
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Gram Blue (Euchrysops cnejus) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

My dedication to Mr. Nagaraj, who feed into into some useful tips and comment to improve my nature shots. Also to acknowledge his style of having the greenish soft blurry natural background in most of his nature shots.
This butterfly always hang around my small palm tree in front of my house.
Male upperside: pale purplish suffused with a bluish shade, apparent only in certain lights. Fore wing: a slender black anticiliary line edged on the inner side narrowly with fuscous dark brown, broader at apex than at the tornal angle. Hind wing: a subterminal black spot in interspace 1 and another similar spot in interspace 2, the two spots subequal in size, edged on the outer side by a white thread and on the inner side with ochraceous, more prominent in the spot in interspace 2; a slender anticiliary black line with an inner narrow margin of diffuse fuscous brown. Cilia of both fore and hind wings pale; tail at apex of vein 2 of the hind wing black tipped with white.

mud-puddling in Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, India.Underside : silver-grey, in some with a pale yellowish, in others with a faint brown tint. Fore and hind wings: each with the following brown spots edged slenderly on either side with white:—a transverse elongate spot on the discocellulars; a transverse discal series of spots straight on the fore, bisinuate on the hind wing, on the latter wing capped near the costa by a prominent while-encircled round black spot; an inner and an outer subterminal transverse series of spots, of which the inner subterminal series on the hind wing is lunular, the outer rounded, the white edging to both series being also lunular; both wings have very slender anticiliary black lines, and the hind wing in addition a transverse curved subbasal series of generally three often four white-encircled spots of which the spot nearest the costa is prominent and block, the others brown. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, paler on the last, the shafts of the antennae speckled with white, the thorax with a little purplish pubescence; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Underside left.Upperside female, right.From SeitzFemale upperside : dark brown. Fore wing: a posteromedial somewhat triangular area from the base outwards for about two-thirds the length of the wing blue and a slender jet-black anticiliary line. Hind wing: posteriorly from about the level of the middle of the cell slightly suffused with blue from base outwards for about two-thirds the length of the wing; a transverse, postdiscal, incomplete series of sagittate white spots pointing inwards, followed by a subterminal transverse series of round spots, the anterior three dark brown encircled with bluish white, the tornal two jet-black, subequal, larger than the others, edged inwardly with bright ochraceous, outwardly by very slender white lines; finally, a jet-black slender anticiliary line. Cilia of both fore and hind wings conspicuously white. Underside: groundcolour and markings as in the male, the tornal two black spots touched outwardly with metallic bluish-green scaling. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen similar to those of the male, the shafts of the antennae conspicuously ringed with white.

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Salam foozi,

Another tough fight between plant and butterfly.2 in 1, both are captured well and can standout alone in one post.The focal to the butterfly are technicaly brilliant.You are now go deeper in your style and useful note too with dedication to our great friend.my complement.TFS.


Hello Foozi

Lovely rich colours and tones.
The diagonal composition is lovely.
The focus is sharp and the butterfly shows well.
Very good DOF and contrast.


Hello Foozi,

Wonderful capture of this beautiful Gram Blue, stunning colours and detail in the wings, and even though the butterfly is slightly hidden by the folage its still a beautiful shot, t.f.s all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Very fortunate to capture this butterfly on a shapely fern, Foozi.
Both the subjects make a beautiful composition.
The butterfly is in sharp focus.
The colours are rich and soothing.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Foozi,
this shot is very good and with natural colours. I also have to work at a more natural style, you have been teached by Nagraj, my teacher is Gert (ellis49)and he is always telling me: do not use the flash - too hard!
He's right, but sharpness is excellent with the flash ;-)
But we talk about your shot ... Realy beautiful, a pretty arrangement, a wonderful blurred BG and the butterfly is so cute again sitting on this decorative plant.
Very well done my friend, I like it and I think, Nagraj will be proud of you ...
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-17 23:57]

Hello Foozi.
Lovely dedication for Nagaraj.
Wonderful capture with lovely soft color and light.
Superb sharpness and fine detail
Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,
great sht from a beautiful butterfly.
The composition of your picture is very pleasant.

Hello Foozi !
A pity we do not see the head of the butterfly, but the beauty of the rolled-up ferns make up for it, as they are really graceful and beautiful.I also like the composition, the vivid colors and the blurred BG, making the butterfly stand out very nicely. Excellent note, too. Very well done !

Hello Foozi,

Good composition of this butterfly.
Very nice pov and dof.

Beutiful colours.


hello foozi
wonderful picture of a beautiful butterfly sitting on this fern
great sharpness and colors
very well done

Hi Foozi,
wonderful picture of this cute Lycaenidae; i love the very beautiful composition with the nice tree-fern; greaty focus and vivid colours.
Very well done

Salam Foozi
Very nice shot & Good macro


Hello Foozi,
A great capture well composed with fine details and natural colors.
Just a little pity for the head, but very well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-18 4:20]

Hi Foozi,
Thank you for this beauty, am bit late to visit your image.
A wonderful capture with green dominating but with that beautiful patterns the cute blue is overcoming to grab the attention. Rich colors and fine composition supported by that fern whose curves complementing the curves of the butterfly. Thanks for this dedication, friend. tfs.

Hi Foozi,
A beautiful capture, so artistic.
I like the softness of the image, certainly the blurred background is a great plus, and you've achieved pretty well.
Great work and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Salam Foozi,

This fern must be a favorite for gram blue as I have one registered on this plant too. Pertly hidden behind the curl making this image looking rather artistic. Excellent framing and pleasing shallow depth. Well done and best regards.


hello Foozi
great shot with full of colours
i like the composition
with good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-18 8:43]

Hello Foozi,
What a wonderful contrasting colours and great patterns in this photo. Good sharpness, DOF and POV. Excellent composition.

Hello Foozi
Excellent picture of this Gram Blue in fern. Very good composition and sharpness, amazing butterfly, well done. TFS. Greetings. Ferran.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-18 12:27]

Hi Foozi,
Very nice post.Well seen and composed.Lighting,POV and visual impact are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

hello Foozi!
composition with excellent sharpness and bright colors .. shame you can not see the head of the butterfly....

best sERGIO

quite original and amazing POV, Foozi !

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-19 7:31]

What a great picture, Foozi!! It is so beautiful and perfect in composition, in light, in colors, in sharpness... in everything! I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
With my best regards

Abang Foozi,
Nice shot on such small butterfly!
very good dof with nice greenery bg colour and makes the subject really stands out!
very good notes as well
take care
terima kaish

Merhaba Fooi,nefis bir mako örneği.Kompozisyona bayıldım ben.Lila renginde bir kelebekte bu kareye çok yakışmış,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Foozi,

The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the Gram Blue butterfly. The plant is framing well the butterfly. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.


Hi Foozi, a beautiful image captured perfectly in all around.
Great colours and composition.
TFS and cheers MF.

Salam Foozi
This is really great macro shot for Gram Blue on fern. Superb focus, POV and composition. BG and colors also great as like POV/OOF. Thanks for sharing.
sorry for my silence. Three weeks ago, my computer and some others were stolen. So, I need time. Inshallah I will come back to TN, a short time later.
Best wishes my friend

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