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One year on TN !!!

One year on TN !!!
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-22 16:53
Viewed: 3102
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last year, in march, I was sitting in front of my computer, not knowing what to do. I had discovered TN some weeks earlier and I loved this place, but all the pictures were so beautiful so I didn't dare to post any of my own pictures - they were simply not good enough. But then, one day, I felt courageous and I decided to post the best picture I had : a huge tree during a foggy morning, in the countryside. And I was surpised to get my first critique just some minutes after having posted the picture. I was sooooo happy ! :-)

Then I got other comments, I posted otherpictures and, with time, I made lots of friends from all over the world. Their kind words helped and supported me. I learned a lot about photography and also about nature, just as it is written on the intro page of TN. I really love it here - just the best web site I have ever seen.

Each day I spend my lunch pause on TN, looking at pictures and sometimes writing comments, and this moment of nature and evasion gives me courage to face the stress and difficulties of work. Even if I have less time than before, you can be sure, my friends, that I keep an eye on your gallery. I will always do so, as long as this site will exist.

Thank you my friends for making this place so special, and for showing us all the beauty of our world...

To the butterfly now ! I do not know the species, I tried to look in a butterfly book but there are so many similar species ! So, if anybody could help with ID, it would be greatly appreciated !

I met him deep in the forest, on the pink flowers that were growing along the path - I didn't expect to find a butterfly in such a shadowy place, usually they seem to refer bright sunshine. It was big, with a wingdpan of approximately 5-6 cm. He was not at all afraid by me, I could go very close and even if I moved he did not fly away - he just keept on flying from flower to flower, so peaceful, so serene.

I could make some beautiful shots but then I had empty batteries and I had to go home - 4 kilometers to walk in the forest, all alone, with nothing else than me and nature. It was a wonderful moment.

When I went out of the forest I met a beautiful Swallowtail, but with empty batteries it was difficult to take any picture. So I just admired them, and this was just wonderful...

I hope you enjoy looking at this picture as much as I enjoyed taking it !

Alex99, JoseMiguel, ramthakur, XOTAELE, jmp, jcoowanitwong, dew77, fartash, greenpinkorange, horia, mikou, eman68, SkyF, jeanpaul, SunToucher, ridvan has marked this note useful
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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-22 17:07]

You have posted a great photo to celebrate your one year on TN. good colour and focus with a lot of detail. Good composition. Well done. TFS.

Bonjour Velerie,
Excellent POV to show us this butterfly!
It's very good the pose catched, you got lots of details on the wings, even with the slight damage seen on it.
Your choice of DOF was great, it's works pretty well the couple of flowers OOF and the rest of the soft background got.
Felicitacions pour le premier année ici et merci de partager avec nous.
Mes amities,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-22 17:15]

Hi Valerie.
Thank you for all you have done as TN member, your nice pictures, heart comments and wonderful notes. Many happy new photo godsend, friends and encouraging feedbacks.

I like this picture of so cute butterfly. Your POV is very interesting and impressive as well as the scenery full of flowers and green plants. I also like a very nice cropping and butterfly wings at backlight. My best wishes and compliments.

Hello Valerie,
My hearty greetings to you on completing one year on TN as one of its most outstanding members. Your work has been a source of great joy for many like me.
This picture of a butterfly is an apt contribution on this great occasion. The image is very well captured with special emphasis on the face and the upper wing.
All the best as you embark on the second year of your inspiring presence on TN.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-22 18:33]

Hola Valerie,
Una año de bonitas fotos, siempre originales y estéticas. Tus comentarios siempre son útiles, amables y sentidos, lo que los hace muy valiosos. En definiva, te felicito por tu gran contribución a TN y me alegra saber que puedes relajarte un poco de tu trabajo mirando por esta ventana al Planeta.
Abrazos, José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-22 19:37]

Hola Valerie,
Excelente captura,
magnífico pov y detalles,
bellos colores...
muchas felicidades

Hi Valerie,
Great moment to capture this butterfly. Enjoy this high quality image. Congratulations for your first year on TN and looking forward for your beautiful pictures.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-23 6:06]

Hello Valerie,
Very nice capture of this butterfly.
Go on to the second year.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-23 6:24]

Hello Valerie,
Congratuations on your first anniversary!This is lovely close up.I liked POV,BG,use of light,DOF you managed and composition a lot.Excellent work!

Hello Valerie
What a great shot of this Butterfly,
Fantastic colors and focusing on head,
It's really intersting,I joined to TN
in March 2006 also.
Hope you another great year on TN.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-23 6:57]

bonjour Valerie
splendide image, le point de vue est parfait pour admirer le spécimen. Excellent travail sur la mise au point et les couleurs.


Excellent detail Valerie. Very good DOF and composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

bonjour valerie
la tête est parfaitement focalisée,mais je trouve que la profondeur de champ est assez limité ce qui fait que les ailes sont flou.
belles couleurs et bon POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-23 12:59]

Bonjour Valerie,
This is a sharp capture with unusual POV of an old and worn Silver- washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) on a flower that is very good for attracting butterflies: Hemp Agrimony. Nicely composed against a pleasing BG
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-23 14:42]

Hi Valerie and "Happy TN day!"
Nice to see you posting again and i hope in this second year to see at least as many photos from you as we've seen in your first year :)
This is a wonderful macro work with an interesing POV, showing this lovely butterfly in a very moody light.
Even if the DOF is very shallow, the focus on the head, eyes and "tongue" are great and the colors are charming.
Very beatuiful note, framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-23 15:48]

Hi Valérie.
I wish you best wishes for your anniversary!!
Beautiful composition with very nice flowers.I like managed DOF with accurate sharpness on head(debased part wings stayed in blurry BG).Fine colors and good diffused light make this picture very pleasant for eye.Well done!!
TFS and best greetings,Milos.

¡¡Felicidades Valerie!!
Hermosa composición y bellos colores.
Una buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-23 17:29]

Heartiest congratulations on your anniversary, Valerie!
You have done AMAZing things in your year here, including this lovely capture with the superb PoV and composition

Hello Val,
happy first year!! :)
A good picture to celebrate this first year. Good focus on the head and part of the wing to show a lovely pattern.

Bonjour Valérie,
Bravo pour toutes les photos postées pendant cette année. J'ai moi même actuellement un peu de mal à trouver le temps de consulter et de poster sur ce magnifique site qu'est TN.
Ce papillon est très bien cadré et bien détaillé.
Vivement l'été que l'on puisse à nouveau faire de belles prises de papillons!

Amitiés, Emmanuel

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-26 9:34]

Bonjour Valerie,
Happy Anniversary, its been wonderful seeing your photos.
this is a lovely shot. I like the colors and the composition a lot. Wonderful DOF and beautiful colors. Sharpness, details and the way your subject stands out from the BG is excellent.

Bonjour Valerie
Bonne aniversaire sur TN et je t'en souhaite plusieurs autres.
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon. Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Valeri,
One year... I think it is we who shall say thank you for being here, giving us the opportunity to enjoy your fine images and insightful critiques..!
Keep it up the way you have always done, also for the years to come...
Pablo -

Hi Valerie,
A little late, but congratulations with your 1 TN Birthday. You have given us some wonderful photos and became a experienced nature photographer very quickly. I am always enjoying your view on nature and how you are able to come up with original compositions. This is another beautiful photo with wonderful soft colors and light. Excellent details and a perfect composition.

Hi Valerie,
sorry I am a bit late looking at your image, not being able to look into TN very often these days and weeks.
Lively shot with good frontal approach, well focussed.
Due to the condition of that very battered old specimen the image looks a bit pale, maybe contrast and saturation could be slightly increased in postwork.
The butterfly seems to be a Silver Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia.
My congratulations to your celebration of 1 year at TN!
With kind regards,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-17 16:03]

selam velerie; excellent shot of this butterfly, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours

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