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experiment 5

experiment 5
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70-300mm Macro Super II 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-07 13:53
Viewed: 3184
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus.

It’s a small butterfly with gleaming blue upper part, narrow black line near the edges and white tassel. The lower part is grey brown with black, wit rim spot and a range orange spots along the edges of the behind wings. Females are of above brown, with some blue and orange spots. The span of the wings is about 25 mm. In the Netherlands they live everywhere in the country. You must seek them, but if you do, you will find them. In one year comes 1 till 3 new generations out of the eggs.

The butterflies and the caterpillars suck nectar. They get it from flowers from difference sorts of spice. Some of the caterpillars try to over live the winter, and comes in spring out of the cocoons. The further development goes afterwards very fast, of generation on generation. There very many blue ones exist and it is often a laborious work, distinguish them of each other. A lake or less clear blue colour to the upper part, and small spots around the eyes, is to base is all types own. The caterpillars of some types become by fiddle visited, because the sweet juice which they break away.

Today I go farther. I try 800 asa out, with this 70-300 mm lens and the canon close up lens 5ooD. This last one you can use as a filter, you can screw it up.
I used it together with a speedlight 420 ex. You know I get pleasure in it, because it's working. It this one I try some thing out what members said in there critique. Howard says use a tripod for shots like this one, well I must admit, not a bad result. Another friend says, use a higher speed, for a little much movement and it must be better. well I did do it to and I must say, I like the results I made this day. So, I am still learning, and important I want to learn. I hope you like it too.
gr. jaap

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Hello Jaap, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Jaap,
it's soooo lovely, this butterfly is phantastic. The wings are shimmering, I like this blue colours so much. A beautiful arrangement, thanks.
Good sharpness and no pixel/noise to see, the 350D can do wonderful shots even with higher ASA. Thanks for your successful experiments
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I see that your DOF is going softer and softer in the BG with this lens. I also had this with my Reynox-Lens. Now I use a Soligor Extension Tube set - 3 rings. I love them. Bye.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-07 14:34]

Hallo Jaap,
a really nice presentation of icarus and the plant it feeds on. Excellent composition and colours.

Hi Jaap,
Excellent details, composition, DOF and POV! I like those soft colors and the nice blurred BG. TFS,

Hallo Jaap, this is a very nice picture. Very good sharpness, great DOF, POV, details and very nice colours. Framing and compositon are excellent. But I think ASA 800 is little bit to high. Also the speed must not 1/160. Than I think the sharpness is better. The 350D is a very good Digi. To use the speedlight is great!
I take in a workshop a similar photo of the S7000. I made only a cutout from the original photo.
Thank you for posting my friend.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-07 15:50]

Hi Jaap

A beautiful shot of this B/Fly. The detail is excellent, I like the way the details on the flowers infront of the B/Fly is sharp and blurred in the BG. Lovely colours too.

Regards Hilary

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-07 16:08]

Beautifull Flowers , and a beauty butterfly , very good colours pose sharpnes pov bg and framing ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Lovely capture Jaap,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and excellent notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-08-08 2:04]

Dag Jaap,

Ik meen dat vlinders uw eerste passie was, en dat dar alles om begonnen is, en nog steeds is de drang om het mooie insect te fotograferen nog altijd aanwezig, en steeds met een grote verzorgdheid en mooi gepresenteerd, ik hou werkelijk van uw fotografie Jaap!


Hello Jaap,
I appreciate the colour combination, the pale blue works so well with the yellow flower!
Macro work well done, excellent details in the silky textures in the wings...
Well done on framing, diagoanl works well in composition!
Pablo -

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-08 2:53]

Hi jaap,
good shot, very nice b-fly. popular in the Poland, too. Fine composition, pleasant colours. I like this work, well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-08 3:49]

Hi Jaap

Another very beautiful picture and a succesful experiment.
Superb colors, excellent POV and DOF, great framing and composition. Maybe just a very little soft on details (try a bit of sharpenning in Photoshop...maybe you'll like it), but it is still a very well done picture.

A big Bravo and TFS

Hi Jaap,
Amazing colors in this shot. Very beautiful! Very well composed and framed. Nice sharp detail with a nice OOF backround. This looks great!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-08 7:49]

Hallo Jaap,
Weer een geweldig plaatje, ze zijn zo mooi die vlinders. De details komen goed tot hun recht en de compositie is zeer apart.
De scherpte is fantastisch.

Hi Jaap,
Let's see.. Different butterfly, different experiment, same flower :)
Very good results..I think the subject is sharp & detailed with excellent DOF and nice color. The BG effect is very good as well.
Very well done.

Dag Jaap,
I see thats you have done a lot of experiment witf your equipment during my vacation, it's great way to learn the new stuff.
Well composed, good details, good POV and nice colours.
Maybe it's a bit bright.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-08 15:51]

Hello Jaap,
Lovely capture.Colors,POV and visual impact are wonderful.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-08 19:03]

Hi Jaap
Great butterfly shot again. Great colours, sharpnes and light. Good composition.
Well done mf


Encore une fois tu nous envoies un super beau papillon , les couleurs et les détails sont très réussis. Le contraste entre le gris-bleu et le jaune est superbe.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-08 21:11]

Hello Jaap

Thanks for the notes...it helps me learn too.This is a wonderful image of a small blue.I really like the contrast with the yellow flower.Excellent DOF and POV. Very nice detail and sharpness.Exquisite colours.TFS


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-09 5:35]

Hi Jaap, very nice shot with lovely colors and perfect composition, well done , Didier.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-10 7:23]

Hello Jaap,
lovely shot, great colors and sharp details. Excellent POV and light. Very nice blurry back ground which gives a wonderful 3D feel to this shot. Lovely composition and framing

Hi Jaap
Beautifull shot. Great colours and composition.
Nice flower in the BCG. Thanks


Although the OOF wing that's nearest to us is a little distracting, it's a beautiful butterfly and the detail on the head and wing is great. Lovely contrast with the yellow flowers as well.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-11 13:42]

Hoi Jaap,

Goede scherpte en prachtige details. De kleuren zijn prachtig en vooral het geel van de bloemen is zeer indringend. Dit zijn de platen waarom ik van TE op TN ben gaan posten; ja inderdaad ... het waren jouw vlinderfotos die mij hierheen brachten. Prachtig gedaan!


Interesting experiment, jaap. The diagonal composition works well, here. Nice POV showing the partly opened wings as a pretty collaret, as well as the body of the butterfly.

I find the background a bit overpowering, with its the strong colour and shape of the yellow flowers and the dark top left corner.

Dag Jaap,
Mooie foto. Het moet gezegd..weinig ruis voor 800 ASA en flash.
Goed werk.

Hello Jaap,
Love this shot, the soft pastel colors of the butterfly against that bright vivid yellow is striking. Great details. TFS

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