<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Vanderschelden's favourites, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-17 2:31
Viewed: 4342
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know this really looks very much like a lot of other pictures you've seem here on TN, but i really haven't posted a butterfly in quite a long time and i quite missed it :)

The subject: Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus which i think everybody knows a bit about so no point in telling you any scientific details about...right? ;)

The place: is rather new in means of postings. In late autumn last year i tried to go on as many different habitats as i could. I know i've told you about the thermal lake from near my town, or about the charming little place that was very much destroyed or even it's "replacement" where i managed to get a whole bunch of dragon and damselflies. Well, this is another one :) Not a fantastic one, but definitely a good one, with quite a few butterflies, dragonflies, spiders and mantids (found one here, too :) ).

I only hoping that spring will come as soon as possible, because i'm really looking forward to shooting something new again :)


EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Extra Filter: Hoya Close-up +2
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -0.3
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/5.6
Flash: No
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 4PM
Weather conditions: sunny

red45, clnaef, Alex99, jcoowanitwong, saeedabbasi, mikou, coasties, loot, ramthakur, AndyB, Necipp, pankajbajpai, dew77, goutham_ramesh, uleko, wkshelton, Tamrock, mirceax, XOTAELE, Juyona, Luis52, gallezeric, Silvio2006, JORAPAVI, cecilia, scottevers7, vanderschelden, jeanpaul, hester, metcher, peter_stoeckl, Bufo, aido, star74, Perro has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: soon :)horia 1 01-17 06:17
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Horia, what a shot!
Really detailed and colorfull!
Excellent compo and sharpness, lovely BG, too.
Well done and TFS,

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-17 2:46]

Hi Horia!

Sure, it is common on TN, but very nice. I like POV and dynamic composition very much. Butterfly placed upside down looks very good. Blue spot on green BG, very arty work my friend!

Magnifique contraste entre le papillon et le fond.
Bonne journée.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-17 2:56]

Hi Horia.
Perfect close-up with great colour palette, exact reproduction of the butterfly and outstanding in its beauty BG. Bravo and my best wishes.

Sorry, I have no time. I have just returned from short business trip and hasten for work.

Hi Horia,
This Common Blue is really showing off its blue. Very nice natural colors. Great sharpness and composition. Very well done and TFS.

Hi dear Horia ,
excellnet focus and great sharpness.
very nice BG and amazing colors.
well composition.
thanks for sharing this nice image dear Horia .

  • Great 
  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 3:09]

Hi Horia.
This are amazing colours and amazing composition.Also very good lighting.I like very much this your shot of this little small butterfly.Colouring tones on blurry background are really fantastic.
My admiration of your perfect work.Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hi Horia

Very nice work. Love the composition. Good colours. Nice work! :-)

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-17 3:25]
  • [2]

Hi Horia

This is a lovely presentation of the common blue.

I don’t believe you when you say it “really looks very much like a lot of other pictures you've seen here on TN”. Each photo is unique in its own way and just because we have seen a number of photos of the common blue it does not mean that yours are less interesting or beautiful. To the contrary. This is an excellent composition and POV. The colours are simply great, the details are as sharp as can be, the BG is a wow, and the exposure was spot-on.

Very well done and TFS.

This is my favourite butterfly, Horia, so your image has given me much delight.
The blue coloration on the wings is well saturated and rich and looks lovely. Vertical orientation is well chosen, considering the upside-down position of the butterfly on the stick.
Great DOF, sharp focus and a pleasant overall composition.
Summer will take its own time in coming; in the meanwhile, the contents of your rich archive should suffice to keep TN community happy with your high quality work.

Wow such beautifull colours and perfect dof and gorgeous detail lovely contrast with the yellow/green background and the blue with white very well done TFS rgds Necip.

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-17 5:58]

hello Horia,
An excellent capture!
This butterfly is on my wish list for this year.
The POV is great,excellent sharpness and a nice clear contrasting BG.

Hello Horia,
Yes, we saw this specie many times but I never get bored of them because I think that they are wonderful and every time I see them, it is a delight for my eyes :) Composition, POV, details, exposure, lightning, BG everything is so nice in this picture. What else should I add except: congratulations for this superb post!
PS, When will we see your owl shot? :-)

Beautiful shot of this small butterfly, the close up lens' works well.

Great colour and sharpness. Good background.
Good composition, I like the upside-down pose.

well done

hi horia,
what a lovely shot,
well composed,
lovely pov, nice dof,
excellent bg, lovely dof,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Horia,
Gorgeous capture!
I like the upward pose and the sharp and focused the butterfly is.
The rich and very good achieved background adds a lot to the image.
Well composed and like very much the frame used also.
Congratulations and warm regards,

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-17 7:46]

Hi Horia,
cette image est réduite à l'essentiel et a des lignes très pures. Cela fait toute sa beauté.L'arrière-plan pourrait être encore un peu plus "soft".
Meilleures salutations

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-17 7:49]

Hello Horia,
Very nice capture of common blue.Use of backlight,colors,framing,simple BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

This is one of the best pictures of a butterfly i have seen. The composition is daringly dynamic!!. The position of the butterfly , the stick and the diffused BG makes it a masterpeice. The colors are rich and the exposure is spot on!.
Regarding the equipment, i always promote the thought that people should know their equipment well and should have technique of exploiting what they have. Having a great equipment alone does not yeild you the best results :-)
Anyways thanks for your comments on my pictures and your pictures also inspire me!
Here you go as one of my favorites
Goutham R

  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-17 8:17]

Hi Horia,
Eventually spring will come and meanwhile this lovely butterfly will make our wait more bearable! Great colours, details, composition and bg.
Best regards, José M.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-17 8:48]

Hello Horia,
I agree with you, in spite of the very mild winter it does seem very long - and in Sweden very dark! And therefore a beautiful Blue butterfly from you is great to see! Your capture is excellent, very sharp and in beautiful colour. Interesting shadows cast on the wings bring out the blue even more. I love the composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Horia,

Really nice colors bg POV DOf excllent details very crisp. you can see the little hairs on the butterfly. excellent composed and capture photo excllent work.

TFS Kyle

amazing shot

bonjour horia
le BG est particulierement bien reussi pour mettre en valeur ce beau papillon qui est de petite taille si je ne me trompe pas!
tout simplement magnifique.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-17 13:25]

Muy bonita composición donde la mariposa destaca por su agudeza, colorido y foco sobre un difuso y bien post procesado fondo.
La iluminación es apropiada incluso sobre las pequeñas áreas blancas del insecto con gran armonía entre el punto de vista captado y el encuadre elegido.
Muy buena entrega amigo mío :-)

Very beautiful composition where the butterfly highlights for your sharpness, colors and focus on a diffuse and well post processed bottom.
The illumination is appropriate even on the small white areas of the insect with great harmony between the captured point of view and the elected framing. V
Very good post my friend :-)

hi horia!
sharp and fine macro in a
nice lightning
good composition
well done!

  • Great 
  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-17 14:33]

Hello Horia,
a beautiful geometrical and colour composition with a clear focus on the butterfly. Sharpness is also pretty good but the more important aspect here is the artistic one.
Best wishes, Peter

Sal Horia,
foarte faina compusa poza,nu am nimic de reprosat nici in privinta culorilor si a detaliilor,

Delicada imagen amigo Horia. Sutiles y tenues colores muy bellamente engarzados en esta foto encantadora.
Un saludo. Buena nota.

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-17 18:21]

GENIAL. bello disparo y magnífica composición agradable pov. encuadre y bg. fabuloso, saludos. Horia

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-17 20:36]

Hola Horia.- Que bellos colores de las alas de esta Mariposa. Foto muy bien lograda gracias a tu talento. Me gusta mucho el fondo difuso. Luis52.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-17 23:32]

Hello Horia

A beautiful simple composition,the colours are wonderful.The blue really stands out against the BG.Very good POV and DOF.The focus is very good and the details are sharp and clear.Another beautiful shot.TFS


hello Horia

waaaahooooo which splendid image all is perfect colors there a perfect framing an astonishing clearness sincere congratulation


Ciao Horia, wonderful butterfly with splendid light and colors, great details, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

the white line along the edges of the wings enhances the beauty of the butterflies. The tones of the background too.
[Nota: I deleted my iguana today. I posted it again under the country where it was really taken: Brazil (not France). Indeed its tail is too long for the pic]

Hola Horia,
Preciosa composición, bellos colores y excelente nitidez, con un fondo y luz muy agradables, enhorabuena. Saludos

Beautiful detail and colours. So well captured

Hi Horia
what a magnificent specimen you capture with great colours and a perfect sharpness and composition...as usual with your macro work

Hi Horia,
This is beautiful. Vibrant colors and sharp detail. Your control on the DOF has created a stunning OOF backround. Well done my friend!

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-19 13:43]

Hello Horia,
The colors and the BG is wonderful. Nice work. TFS
Have a great weekend

Hi Horia
Belle et intéressante composition en macro pour ce magnifique papillon. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien maitrisée.
Merci et au revoir,bon week end...JP

Very good image, Horia.
Especially your composition. Colours are also very nice. Bright light goes very well the butterfly.

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-19 17:32]

Hello Horia,
great pose, wonderfull colors, and great sharpness ! I love this composition, very light and floating. The placing of your main subject and the OOF BG look so great.
I really like it and it becomes one of my favourites.

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-20 5:19]

Hi Horia

I was going to comment on your snake but in your gallery my eye kept getting dragged to this shot. I may be craving colour now it is winter and the colours here are vibrant and saturated with light. Wonderful composition and great DOF. Stunning details on the butterfly. This is just very beautiful



Hi Horia

Very nice photo, wonderfull colors!!


Buenas Horia
Una preciosidad de foto la que nos muestras, tiene fuerza, composición, color, nitidez, vamos que lo tiene todo.
Un saludo

Hi, Horia.
Very nice macro. Good composition and superb colors. Sharp. Like also POV. Looks really great.

Lovely colours, nice composition and very good complementing background. Pretty sharp as well considering all those filters.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-23 15:30]

Bonjour Horia!

Bravopour le contraste et la composition.

Hello Horia,
very well balanced composition with much tension.
Lovely, typical pose head down. Besides a few strangely blurred dark parts in the centre of wings all details of the charming little blue are fine and precise, and the colours are clear and well saturated, with powerful, pleasant contrast of "English Red" (the plant) and "Cerulean Blue" in front of a nicely rhythmic green background.
Thank you! Best regards,

post photos of beautiful butterflys all you want I love this..these blues are so very pretty...TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "a welcomed site" :O)

  • Great 
  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-26 23:14]

Hi Horia,
I can't say much more than everybody else already has, a beautiful image. Even though the Butterfly (Buttorfleoge in old English) is technically upside down it's just a wonderful image. Technically outstanding, no nits to pick as there aren't any :-) Excellent work my friend and it deserves all the praise it has received.

  • Great 
  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-01-28 1:20]

Hello Horia,
Great picture of this butterfly.
Great position, color, sharpness and background

  • Great 
  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-28 11:56]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful shot full of vibrant colors.
I like the blurry background alot.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-30 12:11]

Hello Horia,
What a smart photo for this lovely butterfly.
The "+++" : subject, nice wings, vertical composition, point of view, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, vivid colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

You have a beatiful bfly here Horia, and the composition and saturation of colours is excellent. I really like it that you have kept the curled tip of the grass in the picture, it adds that something little extra to the picture.


Perfect picture Horia! Il like the simplicity of the scene, the truly well done composition, and the colors. Probably that one can do the best with a non reflex camera.

  • Great 
  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-30 14:16]

Hello Horia,
Very nice shot!
Very detailed and wonderful colors.
Excellent composition, good sharpness, and a nice blured backgroud.
Congradulations and thank you for sharing!
My best regards,

  • Great 
  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-22 7:10]

Hello Horia,
THis is very nice. The moth is very clear and the background is muted which makes the moth stand out so nicely.

Calibration Check