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A rest in a fern

A rest in a fern
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 8:05
Viewed: 4028
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pararge aegeria - Speckled Wood

This is the most common butterfly where I live, and I find it very photogenic.

The aptly named Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. The male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers, except early and late in the year when aphid activity is low.

The range of this butterfly contracted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but has spread back since the 1920s. It has continued to spread over the past two decades, recolonizing many areas in eastern and northern England and Scotland.

European/world range
Widespread throughout Europe; also in North Africa and eastwards to the Urals. It has expanded in several European countries, and its range has extended northwards.

Various grasses are used, including False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Common Couch (Elytrigia repens).

Towards the northern and eastern margins of its range, the Speckled Wood breeds only in woodland habitats, but elsewhere it also uses lanes and tracks between tall hedgerows, parks, gardens, and scrub. It seems to prefer slightly damp areas where there is tall grass and some shade.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/100 sec. - Manual exposure - Diffuse flash - Handheld

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Hello Felipe,
Perfect POV, the butterfly has marvelous colors and details, and also she is portraited in great pose. Great composition and texture, wonderful BG.. Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

Hi Felipe,
Yes I like it, a very pleasant picture, well composed with a nice POV and and fine details. Lovely colours and light, you handle the flash
Well done, my friend.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-17 9:31]

salut Felipe,
belle image d'un des plus commun papillon. J'apprécie la gestion de la lumière douce et diffuse, le cadrage bien choisi et une bonne DOF.


bonjour felipe
impeccable,la profondeur est bonne comme la netteté sur la tête,les couleurs sont belles et naturelles.
le BG noir ne laisse apparaitre que ce beau papillon et sont support.

Golden wings - I like this one so much.
A fantastic shot, a pretty pose and excellent sharpness, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Felipe, splendid butterfly with wonderful details, great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Felipe,
The composition is excellent. The butterfly on the fern leaves is rarely seen. Very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi felope,
another nice captur, liked the pov very much, well composed shot, sharp image with good details, well saturated colours and very good contrast,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-18 1:06]

Hi Felipe

A very good POV with excellent detail and colour.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-18 1:17]

Hi Felipe, a fern, a fern!! Super sharpness, good clarity and patterns of this special Speckled Wood. Well done

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Preciosa toma de la Pararge, bonita luz y textura además de gran nitidez como acostumbras, Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-18 4:34]

Hello Felipe and Cristina,
I was thrilled the other day when I found this butterfly in the south of Scania where it is not common! I hadn't seen it for a very long time and I think it's a real beauty as it flies in the woods. You've managed to get a very fine close capture of it in a fine pose. Great sharpness and fine colours. I like the composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Felipe,
Nice shot on this Speckled Wood. Perfect focus and great light handle. The butterfly stands out nicely from background. TFS this fine image.

Great shot Felipe
Really good POV and composition
Great sharpness and details of the butterfly markings
Good DOF and use of the diffuse flash
Another good shot from the Sony


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