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To Heaven.


To Heaven.
Photo Information
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: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-25 13:20
Viewed: 4393
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To Heaven.


It was a sunny afternoon in May, one of my favorite hunting grounds, a dry meadow on a hill between vineyards close to Vienna.

That butterfly attracted my attention from far away. It was quietly sitting on that single blossom, with brightly shining colours in the sun. There was a slight breeze. The flower was in slowly swinging motion. And so was the butterfly. Normally quick and alert, this one seemed to enjoy the day.

A common flower: Knautia arvensis (L.), the Field Scabious.

A common visitor: Nymphalis urticae (Linnaeus, 1758), the Small Tortoiseshell.


The reason for this kind of heavenly silence and a butterfly's apparent patience to stay without escaping came as a shocking surprise to me when I continued the observation after that quickly made first approach.

Reason Why.


Camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 11mm macro (= 66mm at 35mm SLR), F/7.1, 1/640sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 20.05.2007, 15:26.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements. Sligtly cropped, downsized to web, resharpened. Levels slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

phlr, jrobertop, Aaltjie, anel, gracious, fartash, marhowie, horia, Juyona, Alex99, Silke, angybone, nirmalroberts, uleko, snowfalken, tiklod, valy67 has marked this note useful
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To snowfalken: Das Blaue vom Himmel.peter_stoeckl 1 11-09 04:40
To jmp: Thank you, Josépeter_stoeckl 1 11-09 02:43
To Aaltjie: Thank you!peter_stoeckl 1 11-01 13:31
To anel: ... traurige Geschichte.peter_stoeckl 1 10-28 09:19
To marcellr: è vittima, veramente.peter_stoeckl 2 10-25 22:01
To mecamich: Merci Michelpeter_stoeckl 1 10-25 14:35
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Splendida immagine, Peter!
Ma la farfalla è vittima di un ragno (Thomisus onustus), o mi sbaglio?
Ciao,
Marcello

Salut Peter,beau shot bien nette,belle couleurs,juste domage que l'on ne voit pas mieu l'araignée mais bon la composition est très belle.
Mich

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-25 16:12]

there is a yellow spider killing the butterfly !! help!!! eheheh beautifull pic,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Peter,

Nice composition, but it is so sad for this butterfly. This one seems even not too old. Its wings are in very good state.
Cheers,
Mariki

Hi Peter,

great butterfly shot! Excellent details and wonderful colors!

TFS!

Gio

Dear Peter
It is long since I had the opportunity to critique one of your postings. This is another winner indeed. From what I read from your notes, it seems as if this one was waiting especially for you. First-class photography. Terrific colours, good detail, outstanding capture. This in a splendid image. Matchless photography. Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated.
Warmest regards
Aaltjie

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-26 1:13]
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Hallo Peter,
Traurige Geschichte unter dem Himmel. So geht es manchem schönen Schmetterling. Man sieht in der Haltung, dass er wie gelähmt ist. Die Krabbenspinne ist noch gelb, hat wahrscheinlich erst auf die Knautia gewechselt und war, trotz weniger Tarnung,erfolgreich. Was von weitem so schön wirkt, kann so trügerisch sein.
Hab Dank für dies zum Nachdenken anstossende Bild.
Einen ruhigen Tag wünsch ich Dir
Anne

Hello Peter,
Great shot with exposure and focus spot on!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
well composed and well seen
cheers
have a wonderful weekend, Peter!
greeting
Tony

Hello Peter
I think a flower spider hunted this beautiful butterfly! What do you think?
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck
Fartash

Hi Peter.
Splendid shot! Wonderful butterfly!
Very good definition, pretty composition.
Congratulations for the original POV!
Friendly,
José Roberto

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-26 6:46]

Hi Peter

I think i understand your title here. But it's only nature's way...something beautiful perished for something beautifully adapted to survive...at least that's how i like to look at it.
Your photo here is terrific and only from close inspection one can see the spider.
None-the-less, in his last moments, this butterfly looked wonderful, with charming colors, presented here with very fine details.
Your POV complements the title, too, indicating the place where he would go - towards that beautiful blue sky in the BG.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-26 6:47]

Hola Peter,
perfecta captura,
pov, maravillosa...
colores y original pose...
excelente trabajo amigo,
saludos

bonjour peter
une tres belle vu de ce papillon mais helas tragique,on voit peine l'araignée qui semble se regaler.
excellent POV et couleurs superbe.
laurent

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-26 9:24]

Hi, dear Peter.
I like your poetic note so much as well as amazing butterfly shot. The subject is surprising. Charming curve of the stem with fine flower and beautiful butterfly create fantastic by pleasantness composition. DOF is great. All subject is in focus, perfectly sharpened and detailed. Cloudy, well illuminated sky serves as a wonderful BG. The antennas of the butterfly, their direction are looked funny. Superb shot. Bravo.
Alexei.
P.S. I have posted removed picture as a WS to my last post. Your comments to it are terrific. Thank you so much.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-26 9:59]

The composition here is as marvellous as ever yours are!
I love the low PoV
TFS
silke

O wow!
Great POV! To Heaven - such a beautiful name.
The butterfly looks like she's the bloom on your flower. :)
What a beauty!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-10-26 12:50]

Bonjour Peter
Prise exceptionelle, cadrage hors du commun, excellente gestion de l'exposition. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-26 19:33]

Hi Peter,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Will come back with a proper critique in a while.
Regards.
Sumon

I see this beauty is pointing the way Peter..
You don't want to miss that train!
Whenever possible, I think grabbing some sky is the way to go when shooting b-flies..The faster s-speed it gives helps to provide the sharpest image, and looking up is always a very good message :)
Have a great weekend,
Howard

Hi Peter,
Very well composed sharp picture. Beautiful colours.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-01 12:23]

Hello Peter,
You spotted this very well and at first sight the butterfly certainly looks quite sound but the drooping antennae makes one suspect all is not well! Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. A fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,

Mir scheint ich habe ein paar sehr schoene Bilder verpasst. Dieses gefaellt mir besonders gut wegen der eleganten und schoen gebogenen Knautia Blume, die einen positiven Einfluss auf die Komposition hat.

Zusammensetzung:

Eine einfache Zusammensetzung ist immer von grossem Vorteil. Der Stengel der Bluete leitet den Blick auf das im optimalen Platz gestellten Motiv und der Himmel wirkt als neutraler Hintergrund. Das quadratische Format ist in diesem Fall sehr empfohlen. Der Moerder laesst sich nur an den voerder Beinen erkennen.

Farben und Kontrast:

Chromatisch wirkt das Bild sehr beeindruckend! Die reichen Farbtoene und die gut aufgenomenen Texturen sind von dem richtig eingestellten
Kontrast gefoerdert. Das Blaue vom Himmel (ich habe ein Buch das sich so nennt! :) ) kann man auch im Motiv finden.

Beleuchtung:

Diesmal scheint das Licht nicht mehr durch die Fluegel wie gewoehnlich sondern es kommt schraeg von oben. Dadurch werden die Texturen und Nervuren von den Fluegel wegen den langen Schatten hervorgehoben. Die ausgezeichneten Details wurden in Schatten sowie in hellen Teilen erhalten! Ich kann ich es nicht hinterlassen auf die richtig eingestellte Beleuchtung anzudeuten, trotz dem hellem Himmel im Hintergrund.

Scharfeinstellung:

Es ist sinnlos ueber die Scharfeinstellung des Objektivs bei der Aufnahme dieses Fotos zu spraechen, da alle Einzelheiten im Motiv super scharf wiedergeben wurden. Wie gewoehnlich wurde die Schaerfentiefe gut kontrolliert.

Eine ausgezeichnete Aufnahme eines normalen Verfahrens in der Natur! Herzlichen Dank!

Mit Freundlichen Gruessen,
Eddie

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-06 13:53]
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The position of the antennas tells about something unusual about the way it's enjoying the sunny day: the eternal rest!
A really beautiful food, fresh meal for the spider!
TFS, José M.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-07 13:15]

Hi Peter,
THIS SHOT IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Outstanding composition :-0
TFS and cheers!

Claude

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-11-10 13:29]

Very nice composition. Very good sharpness and lighting is excellent.
Gorgeous and vibrant colours.
Regards

Well done again, Peter.
Well composed. Nice blue background. Good colours.
Good note;"reason why"...
TFS
Annick

Hallo Peter !
Ich habe so viele schöne Biler gefunden in dieser gallerie, dass ich nicht wusste welches ich am liebsten habe ! :-) Dieses hier gefällt mir besonders gut, zuerst wegen den schönen Farben - hellblauer Himmel, sanftes Violett auf der Blume, une dann der intensive Farben des Schmätterlings - sehr schönen Kontrast. Das Bild is auxh sehr schöne komponiert, mit der Blume die so schön nach links gebogen ist. Scharfe details, auch.
Vielen Dank und schöne Grüsse,
Valerie.

Hi peter,
another great butterfly picture of yours
I like the pov the background looks very good
with the clouds and the blue sky
great focused and nice colours this beatifull butterfly has got
tfs Toba

Wow! I just saw this photo compared with its companion photo, "To Heaven II". What a shocking revelation to see the other side of this two-part story! I'll comment on the other photo in that post. For this one, I'll forget the tragedy and simply comment on what I like here -- the colors are rich, with a blend of vibrant and soft tones in all the right places. Shadow and highlight details are good -- nothing is too dark or too bright. Excellent clarity -- everything is so well in focus.

TFS
Randy

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