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Aricia agestis

Aricia agestis
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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/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 21:46
Viewed: 3278
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These small and nicely colored butterflies are flying quickly from here to there, all summer. Most of the time they can be seen sitting with closed wings. Sometimes they can be found also with open wings.

In the cooler September day I saw, what I thought is a female, heating in the sun. Thanks to Ivan (Argus) I found out it was not a female but a male of Aricica agestis. Wings were widely opened displaying the nice brown colors. As temperature was not high butterfly was moving slower than usually. I took this opportunity and made some photos with the butterfly sitting on a leaf.

There was no time to use a tripod so I took the photos with the camera hand held. On computer I cropped and sharpened the image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-07 21:52]

Hi Cristian.
You have pictured an amazing specimen of Polyommatus icarus at so impressive POV and butterfly wingspread. I also like natural surroundings and attractive diagonal composition of the shot. It seems to me DOF is shallow and right wing is blurred a bit. In such cases I usually use smaller aperture value and higher ISO. However, very impressive picture, my best wishes and TFS.

Hello Chris,

I am your neighbour today and ofcourse this time another fungi picture.
Yours are in a great diagonally composition.
Beautiful natural colours and good of sharpness.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-07 22:37]
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Good morning Cristian,
First the ID:
The narrow blunt-ended body suggests that this is a male and no male P. icarus is brown.
No, this is a male Brown Argus (Aricia agestis).
It is an excellent macro showing the details with superb sharpness and set in a fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Have a good weekend,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-07 23:02]

Hola Cristian,
excelente trabajo y fino encuadre,
buen foco y color...
agradable iluminación.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-08 0:11]

hi cris,
beautifully placed this butterfly showing all its grace in good lighting, background is not helping much but that not a problem. the colors and design of the small butterfly captured perfectly. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-08 0:53]

Hello Cristian,
Beautiful light and clear colours in this photo. The diagonal composition and DOF are marvelous. Good sharpness.

Hi Cristian,,
a beautiful close-up with lovely colours.
The sharpness and details are great except on the right wing,
have you used the blur-tool ?
I like the composition and POV.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend.

very nice photo Christian, the pov is very good and the dof is well handled and in a good composition with a fine balance, good one Christian,
have a nice weekend.
regard jaap

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-08 1:29]

Hello Cristian,
Again a wonderful photo in excellent sharp details and amazing light and colours. The BG is fantastic. Very good composition and POV.

hello cristian,
today i have seen a lot of beautiful blue butterflies here on tn, you have got this beauty with open wings, i liked the pov and the composition, adding to the dof value would have made the shot even better,
well done,
tfs & regards

Cristian: A very attractive photograph of agestis, and a helpful observation by Ivan that the abdomen shape indicates a male (I have a female posted here for comparison). The only minor flaw is the soft focus on the right wing, but you clearly had little opportunity to select a smaller aperture.
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Cristian,
Excellent capture with a great POV. Very nice colors and details. Great shot also keeping in mind that it's a handheld. very nice work with the BG and DOF. The right wing is a little out of focus but that's really the only thing one can point out. great composition!



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-08 5:38]

Hello Cristian,
Excellent picture of the small Aricia agrestis which you show with open wings, which permits a good identification. You didn't use a tripod, I must say that I almost never use it, because there is no time to install it with butterflies.. good generous framing and natural colors.
Heve a nice weekend

perfect capture Cristian,
i like the composition with vivid colors
of the wings and the blurred brown BG

best sERGIO

Witaj Cristian,
jaka śliczna pani Modraszek...ładnie ci wyszła ta fotka. Dobre naturalne kolory, dobra ostrość i niezła kompozycja.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

What a wonderful and bountiful fall background combination of colours to set off your work...almost as if you carried a portable studio:-) always nice having someones extemporaneous thoughts in notes!

Hello Cristian,
A beautiful you managed to capture.
Really close with a 60mm focal length, I suppose.
I understand it's really difficult to use a
tripod when photographing butterflies.
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-08 12:27]

Hi Cristian. What a good top view in this well detail picture of this butterefly which you have taken with fine detail and warm colours. the markings on the wings stand out well. well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-08 15:50]

Woow Cris,this is a first class pic! I know this littles butterflies and i know how isn't easy to take so perfectly.My best compliments,a very beautiful work,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Cristian

A perfect open wing pose.
The focus is sharp with excellent detail.
Wonderful,vivid colours.
Nicely composed in the frame.
Great job.


Hi Cristian,
A nice capture of this beautiful argus butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-11-09 11:43]

Hi Cristian.

excellent macro, great sharpness, colors, expusure, light,composition and point of view,all is very nice,good note.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-09 21:05]

Hello cristian, Very nice image and good POV. the right side is slightly OOF and it is understandable. Good lighting. Ganesh

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-09 22:49]

Un joli papillon bien conservé.
Bonne journée.

Ciao Cristian, beautiful small butterfly with open wings, splendid colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-10 17:16]

Hello Cristian, your shots are always so sharp and well composed nad this one is a perfect exemple, well done, it's really beautiful! Thanks!


Hi Cristian, a superb capture of this beautiful male Brown Argus from dorsal POW providing all specific details in a fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


very nice and sharp with good light, I would crop out the upper empty part. greetings Ori

Very good colors, exposure, and details within your DOF Cristian.
I like the diagonal pose and POV showing the inner-wings nicely :)
Well done,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-30 6:09]

Hi Cristian,
really a beautiful full spreaded wings.
Well seen in its glow and beauty. the hairs are reallt splendid and you captured and composed it very well.
lovely shot.


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