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A Blue

A Blue
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies, 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-01 7:20
Viewed: 3627
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blues are butterflies that belong to the Lycaenidae family of butterflies, many of which have wing colours that are dependent on the way that the scales reflect light. This family is widespread throughout the world. Of the over 85 species of Blues in Europe, 20 Blue butterflies occur in Sweden.

Blues, like the name suggests, have wing scales that reflect various blue or lilac colours and this is caused by a special construction of the wing scales and not pigment. This ability to reflect light causes a variation of the colour and shade, dependent on the angle of vision.
The blue colours of the S. American Morpho butterflies are also produced in this way and once the wings were used in jewellery, as this non-pigment type of blue does not fade.

Some of the species that belong to the Blue Butterfly tribe are actually brown.

This is a male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), a popular species on TN that does not need a description. It is probably the most common Blue species in Europe, as it is in Sweden.

It is interesting to note that spring specimens like this one tend to be more sky-blue, whereas later generations have a slight violet tinge. The females are brown with a varied amount of blue scales.

In bright sunlight it is worth underexposing when photographing blue butterflies in order to prevent glare and a paler blue than the natural colour.

This shot was taken in overcast weather at a distance of about 2 meters with the camera hand-held and the image cropped by about 30%.
After size reduction it was sharpened using P4 USM and the lasso tool to isolate the BG and use Gaussian blur.

Thanks for viewing this one and have a good weekend!

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Bonito conjunto bien encuadrado. Me gusta el contraste de la cabeza y antenas del insecto con el amarillo de la flor. Preciosa. Saludos Ivan.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful butterfly in a beautiful composition.Good POV, sharpness and colours. Yellow flower and the blue butterfly really makes it a beautiful presentation.
TFS, Smitha.

Hello Ivan,
Havent seen this kind of butterflyhere in India. And I dont regret for that as your picture looks so real. Excellant colors and sharpness. The focus is perfect ( a bit soft on right wing, but that is unnoticible). POV is also interesting. The note is also informative. TFS


Hello Ivan,
The color and light are perfect. Well composed, and a great open wing POV. Well focused & detailed where it must be, with acceptable fall-off. Nicely blurred BG, I like it :)

Hello Ivan,
Great close up fantastic the colors and sharpness
nice BG TFS Regards/Lawhill

Hello Ivan,
At this angle the blue color is well seen. The image is sharp and well exposed. Lovely diagonal composition. The blurred background give depth and isolate this common blue nicely.

Beautiful butterfly image Ivan.
Light, colors and clarity are wonderful.
Composition is excellent.
Best regards and have a nice weekend, Harry

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-01 10:14]

Hi Ivan,
Marvellous blue butterfly sitting on yellow flower and green background. Absolute beauty. Very impressive sharpness and fine focus. Excellent POV to present the butterfly and precise DOF. I like the diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-01 10:47]

Hi Ivan.
Once more example of blameless reproduction of all beauty of this species. Terrific colour and detail reflections. Amazing details and sharpness of the insect, nice blurriness of the BG which supplements the crisp sharp image of your cute model. Perfect job and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-01 11:13]

Hi Ivan,

I think this is one of the prettiest butterflies and this one is a beauty. Your colors are so natural and the details so fine. Beautiful composition.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-06-01 11:59]

Hi Ivan, excellent this poem of nature with peaceful collors. The details are sharp and the composition very good.
Best regards, Dan

Hi Ivan splendid butterly with wonderful colors, lovely details and great sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
PS thanks for id:)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-01 12:49]

Hi Ivan,

A great capture of this small but colorfull butterfly,it goes well with the green BG and yellow flower,well done and tfs


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-06-01 13:39]

hi ivan,
the picture is really superb.very good composition good BG and sharpness is amazing.congrats...TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-01 13:46]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful capture of common blue.POV,cross framing,details,blurred BG and composition are wonderful.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-06-01 14:11]

Good evening Ivan,
the presentation of wing colour including its slight iridescence is amazing. Besides that focus - concentrating on the left wings - and sharpness are perfect. Icarus clearly stands out against the smooth background.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-01 14:14]

Hello Ivan,
Such a superb shot with good details of the blue.
The diagonal position to the left is simply superb making this a truly wonderful composition.
TFS & Cheers

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-01 14:21]

Hi Ivan
Very nice capture .Sharpness ,POV and colors are excellent.The BG is also very nice.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-01 14:24]

selam ivan; excellent macro shot of this butterfly, very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-01 15:59]

Hola Ivan,
sensacional trabajo,
los colores excelentes,
bello pov,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-01 16:43]

Hola Ivan,
Very nice capture. Pov and colours are wonderful!
TFS, José M.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-01 16:44]

Hi Ivan

Lovely composition, with excellent colours and DOF/


Hi Ivan,

Superb shot of this lovely blue BF
Excellent Compo, POV, DOF and colours
Great sharpness and details

TFS Thijs

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-01 21:37]

Hello Ivan,
this composition is so lovely, I do like the color combination a lot. The DOF is spot on on the butterfly and flowers yet leaves the rest of the photo nicely OOF. Very well done.

Beautiful shot, good detail and excellent contrast in colors. Well taken macro.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-01 23:19]

Hello Ivan

It looks wonderful on the yellow flower,exhibiting the Swedish national colours.The pose with the wings open is excellent.The blues we have here do not like to perch with their wings open,and it is a difficult shot to get.Excellent focus and nice sharp details.The composition is very good.Lovely POV and DOF.Nicely done.TFS


Hello Ivan, wonderful collors and details, great POV and composition..well done..

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-02 3:44]

Ivan, very nice blue butterfly. I love the color. Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-02 4:14]

Ivan, I love these little blue butterflies. We have some tiny ones like this in NZ - but they are too fast for me to capture!
Looks good here Ivan, and you show off teh blue of teh wings wonderfully.
Your notes are interesting and helpful, thank you.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-02 8:46]

Hello Ivan,
This is indeed a very fine picture of the Common Blue. Subtle colours, very nice blurred background and a wonderful subject for this natural picture.
Best regards

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-03 13:26]

What an amazing DOF! The soft blue color looks so natural. Focus is pin sharp with excellent detail and texture. The POV made this photo outstanding.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-04 3:44]

Hi Ivan,
Colors, lighting and the composition is very good. Good POV, focus and sharpness. TFS

Hola Ivan,
Una imagen de gran belleza, en ella todo es armonía, la luz, el color, el fondo y la nitidez. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-18 11:00]
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HI Ivan,
Lovely color combination. Nice clarity. Nice background.

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