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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 3:53
Viewed: 2726
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again an upload from last summer,when I saw this small blue butterfly sitting on this leave I thought like he was checking a kind of roadmap,I think this is an Idas blue,but it might be another specie as well as the small blue butterflies are for me even with a book hard to identify,picture is cropped,sharpened and resized for web,hope you like it,


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Technically perfect picture Paul.

Excellent macro. Very good colour presentation. I like this a lot.
Very well done
tfs. Stev

Hi Paul

Magnificent! This is a faultless shot. Congrats! :-)

WOW!! nice colors in this macro!
Excellent contrast beetween the dark BG.
nice compo and details, too.

hi paul,
nice macro shot of this so small butterfly,
very crisp image,
lovely colours,
tfs & regards

bonjour PAUL
tres bonne exposition, belle réussite,les couleurs et détails parfait
bravo amitiès et merci du partage

Hello Paul
Very nice shot of blue butterfly,
Perfect focusing and excellent using
flash,Beautiful colors, Welldone.


Hi Paul,
What a beautiful capture for this butterfly!
I like so much the light reflections on their wings, that produce a such vivid's colors.
Great POV and DOF used to put away the background.
It's very good the color's contrast of the background, the dried leaf and the insect.
I like so much the composition made, with the leaf hanging from the upper right corner, and the simple frame used.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-09 7:10]

Hello Paul,
I must congratulate you both on an excellent butterfly shot and spot-on ID. It is the Idas Blue male. You portray it sharply and with good POV set in a fine comp.
Keep digging for a few more like this, if not I look forward to your shots from SA.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Well done Paul,
Great use of flash to fill and bring out sharp details..The subject/leaf is well shown against the dark BG. Interesting composition and I like the POV, with the inner wing seen so well :)
Great shot!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-09 8:58]

Hi Paul,
Superb closeup of this butterfly, you have captured great detail and color.

Hello Paul
excllent colors bg POv DOF Perfect colors Bg POV I really like the details and POV alot

TFS Kyle

Hi Paul
Fantastic. I rely like these presentation with brown leaf and vivid blue butterfly. Great simple composition.

I think you coul remove the white line from the buckground

Best wishes

Well captured Blue perched on an equally interersting leaf, Paul.
Great POV, DOF and composition.

Beautifull shot the datail is great lighting perfect a lovely colourfull shot technically of high standard well done tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-09 14:50]

Wow! What a sharpness and perfect dof! A really lovely composition with this such beautiful butterfly looking downward on the leaf. Stunning blue in contrast with the green bg.
Thank you very much for sharing
Best wishes

Nice macro shot, love the fine detail, good exposure too!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-09 15:48]

Jejeje... excelente punto de vista para captar tan bella imagen Paul, donde la mariposa parece estar espiando la situación.
Me encanta la agudeza captada con gran luminosidad que brinda hermosos colores realzados por el perfecto contraste sobre el fondo verde.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Jejeje... excellent point of view to capture so beautiful image Paul, where the butterfly seems to be spying the situation.
I love sharpness captured with great brightness that offers nice colors enhanced by the perfect contrast on the green background.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-10 12:14]

Hello Paul,
What a very special macro, u super composition.

Hi Paul,
Nice macro shot of this so small butterfly,
lovely colours and composition.


Hello Paul,
very pretty capture, lovely rich and subtle colours, perfect details, excellent pose, beautiful well shaping light - flash perfectly handled.
Great! With thanks, and best regards,

bonjour paul
j'etais passé a coté de ce superbe cliché de papillon,j'adore la couleur et aussi la texture de ses ailes.
le flash a donné suffisament de lumiere sans pour autant etre visible.

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