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Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell
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Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/16, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 4:06
Viewed: 3276
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I told you before in my previous post, I tried to use at maximum the lenses that I have and to see if it is worth it to buy more specialized lenses. This one I took it with the Canon standard lens, I donít remember if it was in macro mode. I tried to go as closer as possible to the subject, but it was not a museum object, but a living one. In the end, I also cropped the original picture to fill the frame only with the butterfly.
Please, donít give me any points for this, I need only some advices.

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To Argus: Thank youoanaotilia 1 08-14 06:54
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Hallo Oana
This is really a beautiful image. It is filled with warm and sunny colour and that is not only the butterfly I am describing, but the image as a whole. The colours and markings on the wings of the butterfly are warm and remind me of a burning fire. I like the double lining alongside the edges of the wings, the 2 different patterns is striking and most artistic. I also like the hairy body that displays well on the image. The sunlight in the image brings out all these lovely details and much more. It was a great pleasure to stop by such a "joyful" image. Thanks for sharing. My best regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-14 4:25]

Felicitari, este o fotografie frumoasa!

Hi Oana...

I love the way you positioned the proboscis on the flower petal and I like the overall composition. Although the image is very bright and colorful, I think the colors are a bit oversaturated... but perhaps that is just me. :)

I took the liberty of doing a WS on this one... I adjusted the gamma, the shadow/highlights, and the color saturation, as well as some sharpening... all very subtle changes.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-14 6:36]

Beautiful, Oana, so colourful and summery. Excellent sharpness and pov, beautiful colours. Thank you!


  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-14 6:39]
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Hello Oana,
For a standard lens in macro mode this a fine image, the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly being sharp and taken from a fine POV.
The only negative aspect IMHO is the busy BG, which though OOF distracts from the wing patterns of the subject. If the butterfly were plain-coloured the BG would be more suitable.
I would have given you a smiley but as you requested..
Thanks and best regards,

  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-14 8:38]

Hello Oana,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in a very good diagonal composition, great sharpness and very clear colours. The BG is a bit busy. But, as I said, a very beautiful photo.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-14 12:09]

Cam asa inteleg eu ca trebuia sa arate o fotografie excelenta a unui fluture...si ai reusit asta fara rezerve.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-08-14 14:00]

Hi Oana,

Very fine macro of the tortoiseshell.
Details and colors are great.
Excellent sharpness and PoV.

Hello Oana
great capture of this Small Tortoiseshell taken from a great POV, nice pose on this pretty pink flowers, wonderful sharp details, i like the bright colors and the roled tongue of the Butterfly
Have a great Sunday

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-17 9:29]

Hello Oana,
A very beautiful close view of this butterfly that is now plentiful here too. Lovely colours and very fine details. I like the way you caught the rolled-up proboscis!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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