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Albulina orbitulus.

Albulina orbitulus.
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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: 2006-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *1, European Butterflies 7, Hohe Tauern National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 4:54
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Albulina orbitulus (de Prunner, 1798),

Alpine Argus, Alpine Blue
Heller Alpenbläuling
Azuré de la phaque

To make the series complete I am adding this picture of the Alpine Blue - wings spread in anticipation of the sun returning from behind quick moving clouds.

That trip through the rocky slopes of Grossglockner under rather difficult weather conditions offered some unexpectedly good opportunities to capture Alpine butterflies. I remember the day ending in the hell of a thunderstorm, Susanne and me running down getting soaked in the pouring rain, chased by infernal lightnings and thunder.

For more details on the butterfly, please see my previous postings:

>>> I and II.

For a view of the location, please see

>>> 12:39 and 13:30.


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 15mm macro (= 90mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/160sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 20.08.2006, 13:02.


Photoshop Elements, tilted and cropped, downsized to web presentation, selectively sharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, eruyanik, mikou, ramthakur, jmp, Silvio2006, loot, JORAPAVI, phlr, anel, Argus, RAP, Janice, dew77, horia, cedryk, star74, sandpiper2 has marked this note useful
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The lightning on the wings and in my mind now Peter! Strong and beautiful colours! Very cloooose looking to the this little blue and it is not common for these beauties. Strong post like its colours!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-27 5:01]

Hi, dear Peter.
I do not cease to be surprised to art of the Nature to create excellent suits (costumes) and to your art to represent these works on our court.

Outstanding quality of reproduction of all details of this amazing (I don't say common) butterfly. Great composition. lighting, sharpness and richness of colour tones. Bravo, Peter. Bravo Sony.
My best wishes and TFS, dear friend.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Again Peter,
Another great butterfly capture. I like the big closeup, taking most of the frame.
Excellent details all over the subject.
Fantastic colors.
TFS - Shir

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-27 5:11]

Hi Peter.
Excellent very close-up of this Alpine Blue.Beautiful diagonal composition with to perfection open wings.Splendid lighting.Beautiful details and amazing blue colour.Very good blurry BG too.
Superb done.Thanks for sharing.
Greetings and great weekend.

Another mind-blowing picture of the Blue, Peter. Words seem to be iadequate in describing the beauty of this great image.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.
Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-27 5:33]
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Hi Peter,
Do you think that a pullover that mimics Alpine Blue design would be a commercial success?
In any case, I'm thinking to get handmade one. This fascinating blue surrounded by a black line finished with a white edge is really smart. Finally antenna pattern could be used for a scarf.
Great light and excellent colours, composition, pose, pov and sharpness.
Best regarsd, José M.

Hi Peter, wonderful butterfly with lovely details, splendid colors, great sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-27 6:14]
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Hi Peter

Stunning photo of a magnificent butterfly.

Very well done with composition, POV, colours, details, DOF, BG, and exposure.

Great work and TFS.

Hola Peter,
Una imagen de gran belleza y definición. Un cordial saludo

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-27 7:01]

Hallo Peter,
ich bin begeistert, was du uns hier wieder präsentierst. Das ist eeine erstklassige Aufnahme eines wunderschönen Schmetterlings. Die gibt es ja bei uns nicht, umso mehr erfreue ich mich an deinem so toll präsentierten Exemplar.
Schönes Wochenende wünsche ich Dir!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-27 9:35]

Hallo Peter,
Der steinige Hintergrund bringt das Blau des Schmetterlings noch mehr zum Leuchten.Sind sie nicht wunderschön, die kleinen Bläulinge? Die schlichte und diagonale Aufnahme ist sehr wirkungsvoll. Erinnerung an einen abwechslungsreichen Tag..
Liebe Grüsse

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-27 9:56]

Hello Peter,
This is delightful, and this shot of the male orbitulus would be perfect if the antennae were not a little soft.
Sharp and fine contrast with the stony ground together with nice diagonal comp.
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-27 10:08]

Un escaso DOF para realzar la belleza de esta mariposa sobre el fondo rocoso Peter, con maravillosos colores y excelente agudeza.
Personalmente me gusta la combinación de este punto de vista con el encuadre donde la mariposa se encuentra en diagonal al eje central como en este caso, estéticamente más agradable que el encuadre con la mariposa totalmente recta.
Como siempre tus Workshop complementarios tan interesante para analizar la imagen original.
Gracias amigo mío!
Saludos... Ricardo

A scarce DOF to enhance the beauty of this butterfly on the rocky bottom Peter, with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.
Personally I like the combination of this point of view with the framing where the butterfly is in diagonal to the central axis as in this case, aesthetically more pleasant than the framing with the completely direct butterfly.
As always your complementary Workshops so interesting to analyze the original image.
Thank you my friend!
Regards... Ricardo

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-27 14:46]

Oh Peter, what a brilliant colour, and he is so sharp and clear and so beautiful.
AAnd to follow your treck with the other b'flies and time diary is very interesting too. What an eventful day - one you won't forget. "Memories are made of this!"


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-27 16:08]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up.Color of butterfly is beautiful.I liked clear details,sharpness,framing,lighting and visual impact a lot.Have a great weekend!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-27 17:24]

Hi, again, Peter

Another splendid photo of the "fur-ball" :))
Again the details are outstanding and with that all that hair from its body really stands out :)
Also here, the blue really contrasts well with the environment and so it creates a very nice view.

I would also like to add that the pictures from the WS are great, too, and the plces that they show are indeed majestic!
I already miss hiking through such scenaries...

Anyway, Bravo, my friend, and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-27 20:23]

Hi Peter,
Your ability to showcase the nature beauty in this butterfly is amazing. Thanks for just a superb macro. Also thanks for the kind words about our trip to Calgary as you can see we safely made it home.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-27 20:55]

Hello Peter,
I like lycaenids for their amazing shades of blue. Your is a perfect example. Very nice details and good light to fetch out the entire range of tones.
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-28 11:37]

Hi Peter,
This is an excellent close up shot of a butterfly.
Nice crisp colors and details.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-28 11:43]

Wow Peter,
Such a striking blue. Nicely composed & presented.
Badruddin Ali

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-31 4:26]

Hola Peter, Genial captura y excelentes detalles, el color precioso, y buena definición... saludos

Hello Peter,

What an amazing capture you've got here! It seems your trip to the mountains was worth the effort as you came up with such extraordinary photos in spite of the rather difficult weather conditions.
I like butterfly photos very much and yours stands out due to the beautiful, rich and well saturated colors as well as the great, sharp details. The diagonal composition works well with this shot while the DOF guarantees for a beautiful, soft and gradually fading focus on the background. This also adds some perspective to the picture! The perfect exposure renders every tiny detail in both highlights and shadows. One can count the scales on the wings or the hairs on the body of the butterfly if he cares. The white hairs on the wing edges are very delicate and make a great contrast with the black stripe that runs along the wing tips. You show us an outstanding composition with a very informative note. Well seen and presented. Congratulations and thanks!

With Warmest Regards,

What a stunning butterfly Peter.
I'm really impressed by the quality of images your Sony captures. Of course it needs a great photographer to find the subject in the first place and your doing a great job.

Excellent composition, beaitiful blue, great light, great sharpness.
Well done

Oh, my goodness - unbelievable! And these butterflies live in the Alps?! No wonder I loved the Alps so much! ...But I never had a chance to see this kind of butterfly, even though in my granny's garden in Ukraine I used to see (and, sorry, catch ;)) MANY different ones...

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