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Polyommatus icarus II

Polyommatus icarus II
Photo Information
Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 60mm EF-S Macro, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-28 22:36
Viewed: 3299
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The day was sunny but temperatures were not high. A Polyommatus icarus butterfly has landed on the ground and was busy with drinking from the moisture.

I liked the way light was falling on the insect. Being mid September sun light was warm and falling at a low angle. Butterfly’s wings were reflecting the warm light rendering intense colors.

Trying to capture these colors I took the photo from a POV as low as possible. Camera was hand held as I had to keep it quite near the ground.

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This kind of a POV for such a small butterfly needs a lot of innovation in techniques and you have done it well, Cris.
The image is very sharp, crisp and colourful.
You have isolated the subject from the BG very well in this magnificent shot.
TFS and regards.

Hi cristian
Very nice shot & good focuse


-- SADEGH --

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-29 1:06]

Hello Cristian,
A superb closed-wing portrait of P. icarus with excellent technical qualities to show fine details. Most of all I like the low POV and fine lighting as she searches for minerals on the ground.
An excellent macro and thanks for sharing it!
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-29 2:01]

Hello Cristian,
a good close up of this beautiful butterfly which you have captured so well. with your sharp focusing and natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS,
Regards Siggi

Merhaba Cristian,koyu toprak zeminde pırıl pırıl parlayan,keskinliği müthiş,bir kare,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-10-29 5:25]

Frumos portret de toamna, habitus despre aceasta specie de fluture. Inca mai zboare si la noi, dar nu am reusit sa prind asa de bine!
Numai bine

Hi Christian,
A wonderful shot of a common blue showing the underwings' details in a fine postur. Colours are wonderful as well as details and sharpness.
TFS and cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-29 10:52]

Hello Cristian,
Very nice photo in excellent contrasting colours against the dark OOF BG. Light and sharpness are very good.

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-10-29 13:05]

Hi Cristian.

Very nice macro, excellent naturals colors,tones, sharpness,fine details,point of view and composition.


PD. smiley p. later,today no more.

Hi Cristian,
Very good capture of this beautiful Common Blue butterfly. You have good POV and composition, sharp details and nice bright colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-29 15:23]

Hi Cris,a most popular butterfly on TN and in Europe!Very beutiful pic,perfects details and warm colors,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Cristian,
A very good hand held shot of this Polyommatus.
You've captured the colours and details very well.
Shot is well composed with good exposure.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-29 21:33]

Hello Cristian, looking at the sorrounding it seems you took hard way to shoot this. Very nice details.Ganesh

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-10-30 4:37]

Hello Cristian,
superb close-up of this Blue butterfly. POV is a challenging one and details are well recorded.
Thanks for ssharing

Ciao Cristian, splendid P. icarus with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and great details, wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-01 2:14]

Hi cristian
Very nice shot
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-01 13:55]

merhaba Cristian
successful close-up capture
composition, POV, light, colours and sharpness are great

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-03 9:13]

Hello Cristian, fine shot of that beautiful butterfly. Pin sharp, very good pose and nice background. Well done!


Hello Cristian
Nice colors & detail.
This is a good capture.

Ciao Cristian,
bellissima immagine di P. icarus, eccellenti POV e DOF, molto bella la posa a terra con ottimi dettagli, mi piace molto la tonalità calda della luce.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-04 5:04]

Hello Cristian,
Very natural shot of Polyommatus icarus. I like your low point of view much and the pose of the butterfly over the little stone is very cute. Good sharpness and fine colors. May be you could have cut a little bit from the right side. (just a suggestion)
Meilleures salutations

Hello Cristian

Excellent close up of this small butterfly.
The POV is wonderful.
Lovely sharpness and focus.
The textures show well.
Great use of lighting the exposure is good.


Hello Cristian,
the vivid colors, the offset background, the great sharpness, the excellent lighting make this a memorable shot of the blue. Well done, Cristian
Best regards

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