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The Shepherd's Fritillary.

The Shepherd's Fritillary.
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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: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 7, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-16 13:33
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Favorites: 3 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Shepherd's Fritillary

Boloria pales (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Shepherd's Fritillary, Hochalpen-Perlmutterfalter, Dostojka pales, Perlovec vysokohorský, Perleťovec vysokohorský, Perlada alpina, Nacré subalpin

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Wingspan: 32 – 37 mm.

You will certainly meet that small, intensely orange, quick flying fritillary when you enter the zone of alpine meadows above the forest line. The species is distributed in Austria, southern Bavaria, Switzerland, French Alps, the Pyrenees, Gran Sasso in Italy, the Tatra, Carpathians, mountain regions of the Balkan to Bulgaria and Macedonia, from 1500m to 3000m above sea level.

The species loves alpine meadows in rich blossom, and can be seen in one generation from June to September. Its caterpillars feed on Viola calcarata.

The upper side.

The plant:

Crepis aurea (L.) Cass.
Family: Asteraceae,

growing in small numbers on alpine meadows above silicate from 1500m to 3000m.

Here we call it "Gold-Pippau".


Nisslalm, near Gries im Sulztal, on alpine meadows on northern slopes at 2100m above sealevel.

Sulztal Valley.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe. http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de
Xaver Finkenzeller: Alpenblumen, München 2003
Fischer, M. A., Adler, W. & Oswald K.: Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, Linz 2005

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm macro zoom (equivalent 100mm at full size SLR), F/5, 1/125 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 01.07.2007, 16:18.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, resized to web, resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

nglen, JoseMiguel, Proframe, Jamesp, Juyona, marhowie, anel, nainnain, snowfalken, Silke, jmp, manyee, fartash, uleko, rousettus, phlr, Alex99, SkyF, loot, gracious, scottevers7 has marked this note useful
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What A wonderful shot .. I was out in the feild shooting macros today and just love coming up on shots like this ..
Colors and DOF are spot on .. well done

Hi Peter,
How much I enjoy this big images and format!
I like very much this contrasting image, the warm colours of the butterfly and flower stands out so well from the neutral background.
The sharp details on the insect's wings are so real that it produces the desire to touch it and feel that texture.
Another magnificent composition!
My compliments and thanks so much for port it.
Best regards,

Hello Peter,
Wonderful image of this butterfly and flower wich both have, except for the whites in the wing of the butterfly, almost the smae color tones and therefore do fit perfectly together.
Composition, sharpness and lighting are excellent and the way the butterfly and flower do stand out against the very pleasing soft background is great.
Beautiful light, colors and details.
Excellent work. Thanks for sharing and the excellent note.
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-16 15:01]

Hi Peter

Really good macro. The detail is great and I like the POV.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-16 15:27]

Hola Peter,
sensacional macro,
colorido perfecto,
detalles y espléndido pov,

Hello Peter, very nice macro, splendid colors, good focus and very nice background,
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Excelente enfoque, composición y combinación de colores. Excelente fotografía. Saludos Peter.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-08-16 18:06]

Absolute shot. A fave

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-16 23:09]

Lieber Peter,
Schön am Morgen solche künstlerische Ueberraschungen zu finden. Farblich so perfekt, dans ganze so malerisch gestaltet. Hab herzlichen Dank auch für das Workshop-Bild.
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-17 0:21]

Oh Peter, just wonderful. Amazing sharpness ALL OVER and colours. It's a wonderful sghot of the butterfly,

Hola peter.
Es una bella imagen, los colores son preciosos.Un saludo.

bonjour PETER
félicitations pour cette magnifique composition, descouleurs tres jolies et beaucoup de détails
bravo, amitiès

Hi Peter
A very hairy butterfly, it blends in very well with the flower.
Well composed and the excellent exposure shows good sharpness and texture.
Great DOF and POV.


Hello Peter,

This picture shows how important it is to have the big picture in mind when taking a shot. That includes both photography and PP and here you proved great skills for both of them. It is a real work of art!


The tilted composition with only flower and butterfly included is perfectly framed in a square format. The perspective comes from both the slightly rotated orientation of the butterfly and the blurred background. But most of all I appreciate the PP you applied to the background and the way you "pushed" the right antenna away from the camera. The well blurred background isolates the foreground perfectly. Great job!


Again, you did an outstanding work to cool down the background a bit. This balanced the picture from a chromatic POV. The warmer color tones in the foreground also act as a means of emphasizing the subject. I also love the great textures in the wings.


Excellent distribution of contrast in the picture, strong in the foreground and low in the background.


As usually, the exposure was well handled and the details preserved throughout the picture. The shadows are soft and don't distract. To me it looks as if the sky was overcast and the light soft.


The outstanding, very sharp details in the subject are the result of a very precise focus. I especially like the sharpness in the hair, wings and petals.

An outstanding presentation and work of art with well written notes. Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Peter,
This is so impressive! This picture looks like a painting and those colors fit so well together that it's like you have chosen them on purpose :) I like the fact that you show us the upper side in the WS and both pictures are really sharp, well exposed and composed. This flower is magnificent! This is a beautiful and very informative post. Thanks a lot!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-17 7:13]

Another image in truly stunning colours and details. I love the way 3ven the individual grains of pollen stand out here

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-17 9:42]

Guten Abend Peter,
die beiden - Blüte und Falter - passen farblich und biologisch gut zusammen. Glücklicherweise scheint der ansonsten flinke Bursche hier zu ruhen, so dass du ihn aus bestem Winkel 'ablichten' konntest. So kommen beide Schönheiten gut fokussiert zur Geltung.
Die Art war in Südtirol in entsprechenden Biotopen nicht selten. Sie scheint auch hier den Gold-Pippau zu lieben. Ich hatte auch schon einige Bilder der Art auf TN-Format gebracht - demnächst dann ...
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hi Peter,
sooooo süß, aber ich werde aus der Vielfalt an Perlmutterfaltern nicht mehr schlau. Hätte nie gedacht, dass es so viele verschiedene gibt.
Dieser hier hat sich so schön auf der Blume platziert, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-17 12:06]

Hello Peter. What a fantastic shot of the butterfly. the detail and sharp focusing is first class. very good colours. you have captured the markings so well. A very nice POV/DOF. excellent all round .very well done TFs. with very good notes too ,Thanks.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-17 13:57]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding combination of butterfly and flower! Wonderful colours, light and details.
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-18 0:42]

Wow, Peter!
The colors literally jumped out at me from the screen.
Such vibrant warm hues so nicely balanced by the cool green BG.
Fantastic details throughout, presented in a beautiful composition.
TFS. : )

Hello Peter
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,composition ans lighting,
Superb shot, Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Peter,
wonderful shot of this colorful butterfly and beautiful flower. Great focus sharpness and details. POV, composition, colors very nice. thanks
have a nice weekend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-19 2:35]

Hello Peter,
What a wonderful capture of this Fritillary on a flower matching perfectly in colours!
All beautifully in focus showing razor sharp details and wonderful colours. The soft green background makes it really stand out.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Most excellent piece of work Peter..
I do love macro first & foremost, so this capture warms the heart.
This is one of those where you just sit back and stay awhile :)
Very Well Done!

bonjour peter
c'est une tres bonne macro de plus,le papillon se confond presque avec la fleur!
netteté couleur et details parfait.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-24 5:10]

Hi Peter, this is a stunning shot! amazing that the colours and tones of the Butterfly blend with the flower. Great macro and detail is magnificent, great detail, sharpness, colour and light. Perfect pov and dof. Outstanding.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-28 9:29]

Hi, dear Peter.
I want to learn to be able to create so beautiful shots too. Amazing specimen of high photo art. All is perfect especially fantastic details of the petals and butterfly and stunning colours. Composition and DOF are outstanding as always for your superb works. POV is selected very well. Opening view is very impressive and attractive. Bravo, my dear friend, and warm regards.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-31 19:36]

Hallo Peter,
so schoen farbenfroh ist dieses Bild. Gefaellt mir super, Schaerfe und Deatils sind einmalig und auch die Bildgestaltung ist herrlich.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-08-31 21:33]
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Hi Peter

It is rather difficult to give a critique after Eddy Baak (snowfalken) has visited and critiqued a photo since there seems nothing left to be said. One can hardly claim any original thought or give any unmentioned suggestions regarding the photo. But what else can you expect when the master critiquer meets with a remarkable and perfect photo. So all that is probably left for me to say is WOW, caramba what a beautiful and faultless capture of this amazing fritillary.

Seems like the little butterfly did not only have lunch in mind when it landed on this flower, but stealth and disguise was also a major factor as is clear from the perfect match between the two. The colours are absolutely stunning and so are the clear and pin-sharp details. The DOF is unbeatable with the totally OOF BG making the subjects stand out very well.

Great work and TFS.

Hello Peter,
I find it the butterflies in your excellent gallery of nature is more beautiful in pattern and textures from Austria!
most of all, you had presented them in perfec composition on sharpness, vivid colour and very details also the wonderful notes!
thanks for sharing
greeting from NZ

Hi Peter,
This is awesome! Such amazing colors and tonal range. Tack sharp detail with a perfect DOF. Amazing fine intricate detail. Great camera work my friend. You are a master at these.

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