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My best Model

My best Model
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-21 11:40
Viewed: 4216
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Blue

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution
Male uppersides are a beautiful iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and quite often, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white pots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females. It is Britains (and probably Europe's) commonest and most widespread blue, Found as far north as the Orkneys and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their foodplans are found. It is Widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

Lifecycle and foodplants
The Main foodplant on most sites is Birds-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus. Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their foodplants.The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather sluglike. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between june and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Info from wikipedia.com

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Hello Heinz,
I agree that this is a very nice model :) This is a wonderful capture and I really like this blue color contrasting so well with those yellow flowers. You caught it in a nice pose with excellent details, POV and composition. This is very well done. Thanks,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-21 11:58]

Hi Heinz,
These colours are stunning and so "happy". Reminds me of summer. Good composition and pov and I also like the focus and blurred bg.
thanks paula

Hallo Heinz,
ein besseres Modell ist auch schwer zu finden ... blaue glitzerde Schönheit auf gelben Knöpfchen, diese Farbkombi ist so super.
Vielen Dank für die Rückschau in den Sommer, ach wäre der Winter doch bald vorbei - dabei hat er noch nicht mal richtig begonnen, kaum Schnee aber fieser kaltnasser Wind, brrrrr.
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-21 12:05]

Hello Heinz,
This is a fine presentation of this male model!
Fine sharpness and DOF and the cetral placing is good because of the BG flowers.
Swedish national colours!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2006-12-21 12:11]

Hello Heinz! they enchant your photos to me, the perfect colors and very clear. Greetings!

Hallo Heinz,
I haven't decided to which one is the best that BF or flower. The both are perfect and so harmonious. Timing is the best. It's getting fuel! But certainly this shot was perfect captured by you. Bravo and TFS.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-21 12:56]

Hi Heinz,
This is very difficult to capture as it is very small and active
You have done great job here
Details,sharpness,POV are superb

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-21 13:30]

Hi Heinz.
Excellent capture.Combination colours yellow and blue is always very impressive,at least for me.Colours which are captured are really splendour and very well saturated.Very nice POV and very good DOF.Also details on main subject are great.I like him very much your composition.
Very well done,my admiration and thanks for sharing.
Greetings Milos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-21 14:00]

Hello Heinz,
Magnificent close up.POV,vivid colors,lighting,framing, visual impact and your model are wonderful.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

hello heinz,vraiment magnifique bravo et bonnes fetes a toi

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-21 14:17]

Stunning colours, the blue looks great against the yellow. Lovely composition and nice details



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-21 16:22]

Hello Heinz
Wonderful shot! I love its POV and DOF. It has a wonderful color and composition. Excellent job.
Merry Christmas and happy new year
Best wishes

Hi Heinz,
WoW! those are some beautiful and rich colors. Great detail and DOF. Beautiful composition and framing. Excellent camera work.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-12-21 21:38]

Hola Heinz:
Magnifica captura y hermosa modelo. Realmente se trata de una foto maravillosa. Me gusta toda la composiciòn y sus colores bien destacados.
Congatulaciones! y Feliz Navidad.

bonjour heinz
impeccable,le niveau de details est excellent,la couleurs du papillon tres reelle,
superbe netteté sur le sujet t les fleurs de l'avant plan pour finir avec un BG parfaitement oof.

Hello Heinz

A lovely burst of bright colours. Awesome work MF. Thank you! :-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-22 12:16]

Una de tus acostumbradas macros de tu vieja cámara con intensos y bien saturados colores, buena iluminación y el foco y agudeza necesarios.
Apropiado desenfoque hacia el fondo de la escena, algo centrada sobre la imagen de la mariposa, pero con un bonito punto de vista.
Mis mejores deseos Heinz para estas fiestas que se avecinan... Ricardo

One of your accustomed macros of your old camera with intense and well saturated colors, good illumination and the necessary focus and sharpness.
Adapted out of focus toward the bottom of the scene, something centered on the image of the butterfly, but with a beautiful point of view.
My best wishes Heinz for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-12-22 13:34]

hi Hainz, wonderful soht, excelent combination of coloures and motive. 2 beautiful craatures on same photo. I like it a lot, Jap has almost the same .

Bonjour Heinz
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,très belle composition.Très joli focus sur le papillon et le bouton de la fleur.Les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Hi Heinz,

i think your best model is a beauty
Perfect sharp and very well detailed
superb compo and colours

TFS and happy holidays

Hallo Heinz,
schön, klar, frisch und lebendig.
Icarusbläuling auf Rainfarn liefert einen bezaubernden Farbkontrast, Details, Farben und Pose dieses kleinen Juwels unserer Natur sind vortrefflich wiedergegeben.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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