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Lycaena tityrus.

Lycaena tityrus.
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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: 2007-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 18:20
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lycaena tityrus (Poda, 1761)
male individual.

>>> Female.

>>> Underside of wings.

Sooty Copper
Brauner Feuerfalter
Dansk Guldvinge
Sort Ildfugl
Bruine vuurvlinder
Czerwończyk uroczek
Ohniváčik čiernoškvrnný
Ohniváček černoskvrnný
Cuivré fuligineux
Manto oscuro

Family: Lycaenidae (Blues)

Wing span: 28 - 32mm

Distributed from Northern Spain, France, Italy, through Central Europe, Eastern Europe from Lithuania to Greece, Turkey, temperate Asia to the Altai, the butterfly may be seen in two generations in April/May, and July/August from the lowlands up to 1500m. The species prefers grassland locations rich with flowers, and does not seem to be common.

Caterpillars feed on Rumex acetosa.

Taken during a short trip into the marshlands of the rivers Danube and Moravia to the east of Vienna (Donau-March-Thayaauen-Nationalpark, Marchegg, Lower Austria), after a short but heavy rainfall, wet meadows in full blossom, butterflies basking in the evening sun.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, zoom setting 18mm tele macro (equivalent 105mm at full size SLR), F/6.3, 1/200 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 12.05.2007, 17:11.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped to the left and the right, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.


L.G.Higgins, N.D.Riley: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Verlag Paul Parey, Hamburg und Berlin 1978.

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Have a very good day.
Thank you for looking.

Jamesp, Hil, rousettus, JoseMiguel, Pentaxfriend, Luis52, ellis49, anel, Alex99, Kaszek, SelenE, Juyona, fartash, phlr, PaulH, TheMystic, Maite, goutham_ramesh, SkyF, blakitan, Ken52, snowfalken, uleko, lgfoto has marked this note useful
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To snowfalken: Very detailed, very encouraging.peter_stoeckl 1 06-22 04:11
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-06 18:27]
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Hi Peter

A great shot - excellent colour and pose. The detail is wonderful.

I just got a new Canon 200mm 2.8 Macro today - but I think it will be a long while brfor I reach this level.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-06 18:34]

Hi Peter,

Stunning capture of the beautful Sooty Copper, what a nicely composed shot with a fine pose and I love the POV from above shawing us all the wonderful markings on the Wings, the details are nice and sharp and the colours are just beautiful.

Nice to see the underside in your Workshop too, which is another fabulous shot.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Peter,
Excellent colors and details. Background and composition wonderful. useful informations. TFS
Best wishes

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-06 19:03]

Good night Peter,
Showing a butterfly for both sides is really a good idea for beginners! Awesome details on both views and the right pov for each pose. Exposure is spot on!
TFS and best regards, José M.

Hi Peter,
A real pleasure to look at one of your presentations!
It's so exciting just to see your name in the thumbnail, is a gurantee that a high quality content (in all aspects) is about to be displayed when opening it.
This is a superb image of the Sooty Copper.
Its magnificent your POV, the pose, sharpness and focus on the butterfly.
The colours and patterns seen on its wings are amazing.
Love the square and big composition.
Definitely, when I'll need inspiration, your gallery is the place to look at.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Warm regards,

Hi Peter,

Excelent Macro shot
Superb compo, POV, sharpness, details, colours and BG

TFS Thijs

Hi Peter,
This is a fantastic image of this superb looking Butterfly. Its colours are wonderful as is your image of it. All of the Butterfly's details can be seen so clearly with such good lighting. Impressive.

hi peter,
excellent shot, the poc gives very good details of the beautiful insect, nice composition, very sharp image, very nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-06 23:11]

Hola Peter. Bello y fino Macro de esta hermosa Mariposa. Exelente definicion y pose. Luis52.

Hi Peter
this is a beautiful shot of a ´butterfly I never seen in the
real life.
The colours and pattern are very nice.
Very good details and DOF, the insect stanout well.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Peter,
auf Deinem Bild wirkt dieser Winzling wie ein Riese. Man sieht die vorderen Flügel so schön regenbogenfarbig schillern, und der Kopfbereich ist gestochen scharf, gefällt mir sehr, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-07 3:19]

Hallo Peter,
Dieses Bild ist von so grosser Feinheit und zugleich so "powerful". Dieser Kontrast macht dieses Bild so faszinierend. Den Blickwinkel, den Du gewählt hast, finde ich ausgezeichnet. Es gibt dem Bild so wie eine dritte Dimension. Der kleine Falter ist mir sehr bekannt, treffe ihn auch des öftern an..
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-07 3:37]

Hi, dear Peter.
Unreal picture, so unusual POV and perception of the butterfly image. Simply fantastic reproduction of the insect, terrific details and razor sharpness, great color details. Precisely selected DOF allows to concentrate all attention on the beauty of this butterfly. Bravo and my best wishes.

Hello Peter,
Masterpiece. Superb POV, colours and sharpness.
Nice and smooth BG.
Workshop is great too :)

Hi Peter

Gee your H5 takes some great macros.
A superb sharp shot, with great plumage detail.
Well composed with perfect DOF


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-07 10:25]

Hola Peter,
bello trabajo,
espectacular nitidez y pov,
buen encuadre y detalles excelentes,

Hello Peter
What a great shot of this Sooty Copper,
Perfect details,BG and lighting,
Fantastic colors and DOF,Superb shot,friend


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-07 11:45]

Hi Peter,
Superb positioning, Excellent PoV and details of the Sooty Copper filling the frame.
The BG is great too proiding the right contrast.
TFS & Cheers

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-08 3:54]
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Hi Peter,
This is a superb shot of the Sooty Copper. Colors and the patterns of this butterfly is beautiful and your POV gives great detail. Very good focus,sharpness and lighting. Well done and TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-08 7:34]

Hi Peter,

wow, this is breathtaking in everyway! The only thing i have to add to whats already been said is that i very much like the way the stalk it is perched upon leads away underneath it, adding a great sense of depth.

Very well done, excellent work.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-09 4:44]

Hi Peter and sorry for the delay. I just arrived home a few hours ago.

What a fantstic macro!!! It's simply amazing what you managed here: the pose of the butterfly is impeccable and you timing is great - capturing it with it's wings at a perfect 180 degree angle! Also, you managed to keep in entirely in full focus, while blurring everything so beautifully! Brilliant DOF work there!
The details are simply impressive - especially aroung the head, antennae and body and the natural colors make it stand out even better!
The WS photo is wonderful, too - with a charming view of his underwings.
My complinets to you!

Bravo and TFS

The sharpness and details of your pictures never ceases to amaze me, Peter! Over time, you had given me some good advice, and looking at your work and notes has been a great learning experience.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-12 4:05]

WOW!! What a marvellous shot, Peter!!
I love it and I'd put it in my favourites if I could. It's so perfect in POV, DOF, colors, sharpness, composition... EVERYTHING!
Outstanding and fantastic job
Thank you very much for sharing, dear friend.

Hi peter,
This is a amazing perspective shot. I liked the position of the butterfly and the framing here. As usual the details are excellent and the colors are good.
Goutham R

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-14 7:19]

Hallo Peter,
Das sieht ja wunderschoen aus, die Freistellung ist dir super gelungen und auch die Perspektive ist einmalig. Super Bildgestaltung mit unheimlich toller Schaerfe .

Hi Peter,
Excellent macro shot!
Just perfect technically and very aesthetic image.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-15 17:54]

Dramatic POV. Stunning 3-D effect thanks to outstanding DOF. Nice background. Amazing details and natural colors. All three shots are technically outstanding and each would stand on it's own. The two additional shots really add to knowledge of presentation.

Hello Peter,

This is another exceptional POV from you! The picture excells in sharpness, quality and complexity of the details.


Very good placement of the subject within the square format of the picture! The larger empty space in the lower left corner allows the butterfly to breath and positions him more comfortably towards the upper right corner. The beautiful background is well blurred and isolates the subject very good! The picture has an excellent perspective!


The natural looking colors are enhanced by very nice metallic iridescence in the scales on the wings. The saturation was well adjusted and so was the white balance!


Outstanding details are emphasized by a well adjusted contrast! Also the subject stands out better due to a lower contrast in the background.


As usually, exposure is spot on with no details lost due to over- or underexposure. Even the white hairs along the outline of the butterfly's wings is well exposed.


The sharp focus rendered great details in the subject. Special attention was given to the background which was well controlled via DOF.

An outstanding picture with carefully conducted PP and useful notes! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-28 12:36]

Hello Peter,
I've overlooked this fantastic capture of the Sooty Copper. ALl in focus, sharp details and I love the way it is holding its wings here. The colour is really wonderful too. Brilliant composition. Interesting to see the underside too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-11-02 13:01]

Wonderfull sharpness and DOF Peter. Great colour harmony and fine harmonic BG.TFS

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