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Popular Admiral (Aspfjäril)

Popular Admiral (Aspfjäril)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony SLT A55, Minolta AF 70-210/F4.0 "Beercan", Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 5:16
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Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for the comments on my previous post.

The Popular Admiral is not a common butterfly in Sweden, I have only seen it 5 times.
It’s a big insect maybe the biggest of all our butterflies, wing span up to 90mm.
You will find the Popular Admiral mostly on the ground as the picture show and it’s almost the males, the females are very hard to observe.
It’s a real beauty; in the right light the butterfly shimmering in all kind of blue tones.
The WS show the butterfly from a side view
I hope you like Aspfjärilen.

Info from Wikipedia.

Poplar Admiral habitat is widespread in continental Europe and many areas in Asia. The large, seldom-seen Poplar Admiral is one of the biggest butterflies in Europe. It is found in deciduous forests, where aspen (Populus tremula) or black poplar (Populus nigra) trees grow. This is because the caterpillar only eats the leaves of these species of tree. In altitude, for instance in the Alps, where there are not large Populus forests, they accommodate with a grove, in the southeast of France they can be seen flying in large open spaces, for instance in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, as noted by Jacques Rigout. The males are easier to find. The females are rarer, because they tend to stay in the tops of the trees and seldom venture to the ground,

Source and more info in different language here

Minolta 70-210/F4.0. Handheld camera , Center Weight metering, ISO400 Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS 5.5
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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Ciao Gert, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Gert! How are you?
Fantastic butterfly and FANTASTIC photo MF!! The POV , the composition and the colours are excellent, The sharpness is impressive.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-26 5:49]

Hello Gert,
Wonderful photo in great sharpness and details. Splendid colours against a beautiful contrasting BG. Excellent composition.

Your images has been a benchmark for me in regards to white balance /brightness and contrast friend Gert, and this one is not an exception! Love the impeccable detail here and this mind blowing spectacular of colors. The Popular Admiral is a remarkably beautiful creature! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hallo Gert,
what a fantastic macro shot of this wonderful butterfly, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent from all aspect
Best regards

Hello Gert,
Outstanding image of this butterflyn captured with open wings from perfect POV. The view is sharp and the details are well seen. Splendid colours too. Well done!

Hi Gert,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Amazing natural colours. Very interesting backgrouns.
Nice composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Thanks for sharing another great image, Gert.
It is not only the size but also the overall beauty of this butterfly that leaves one mesmerized.
And when it comes to nature photography, you are the last word.
Best regards,

Un bello conjunto Gert. Me gusta especialmente el juego de colores conseguido mariposa-fondo.
Buena luz y bien captados los diferentes tonos de color.
La dispocición casi perfecta y no da opción de despiste al espectador :-)

Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hola Gert.
Gran macro ,magnificos detalles y precioso ejemplar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-26 9:58]

Hi Gert,what a magnificent and rare specie and what a super super capture!!!Impossible to make better,very impressive details,colors and light balance! Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Gert,
Wonderful capture with very nice colors, excellent details and perfect focus.
The image is great. Lovely clarity and great composition with brilliant colors.
I have never seen this amazing butterfly.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Gert,

Beautiful butterfly & captured with great perfection. The colors & patterns on the wings are lovely. Well done & TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2011-06-26 12:57]

Hello Gert, my old friend!

This is fantastic capture! Butterfly looks superb with perfect DOF and details. As far as I know this specie is very hard to capture - always flying or sitting very high on trees. Great work and beautifull result.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-26 13:30]

Hi Gert.
This is a wonderful picture of this magnificent butterfly. It looks like painted. Beautiful and perfect wings open showing all his artwork with fine detail. Equally beautiful and different view in the Workshop. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-06-26 23:30]

Hello Gert,
What a wonderful species taken perfectly. On very nice Bg exactly visible are details of pattern and colours on wings. I've never seen it in nature,so think.
Regards, Pawel

Great shot with beautiful natural colours and excellent light. Great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Vijeesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-27 2:03]

Beautiful species of butterfly captured wonderfully with colors and design, good viewpoint. tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-27 4:46]
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Hej Gert!
What a fantastic close-up of this wonderful butterfly that I haven't seen for years!! Technically superb and the colours are just stunning.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
(Hoppas allt bra uppe i norr! Vi hade turen i förmiddags då vi hittade och fotade Sälgskimmerfjärilen i Kristianstad!)

It appears as though it is ready to fly off my screen. So real in appearance it even stands above its concrete land pad. Excellent work by one of TN's best!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-28 8:52]

Hej Gert,
A superb capture of a male Aspfjäril.
The POV is perfect and shows him sucking salts in the open wing pose with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a perfect composition.
This species id very rare in Skåne and I have only seen it on Öland years before digital photography and in Östergötland.
Great to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Sommarvärmen har kommit till oss och nu gäller det att fota tidigt på morgonen innan fjärilarna blir allt för aktiva i värmen. Man får inte klaga...

Hello Gert,
Very beautiful indeed with excellent DOF. The colours are out of this world and the image as a whole is just fabulous. Well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-15 7:10]

Hello Gert,
such a stunning view from the top. Sharpness and clarity is so splendid.
you have shown the pattern on the well spread wings in a very convincing way.
congrats for a pleasant and wonderful presentation of this pretty butterfly.


Dear Gert,
having returned from my hiking trips in the Tyrolese Alps, I still have in mind your impressive capture of the poplar admiral that I noticed just before I left Vienna, computer and internet. An outstandingly clear and precise image, perfectly well lighted, showing finest details and the most subtle shades of colours from brown and orange to green and blue are shown in frame filling opulence and stunning excellence. A rare sight in my country - and probably in your's too. My congratulations and all my best wishes to you!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-02 7:37]

Hi Gert.
It is really one of the most beautiful butterfly. I have never met it in our places. Colour reproduction as well as reproduction of all other features of the insect and impressive surroundings are brilliant. I like the composition of the shot too. Well done and TFS.

Hi Gert,
Although I'm known as a fungi photographer here, I like to do butterfly shots as much - too bad I have so few useful images. Yours is just the way I love it: fully opened wings, fantastic sharpness, colors, white balance, diagonal composition - and pebbles as background. Simple yet perfect - bravo! Plus, crowned with a great note. Tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-08 20:04]

Hello Gert,
WOW!! How could you not admire such a gorgeous butterfly. The colors and wing patterns are simply stunning. You managed to capture this one in exceptionally fine detail and exposure. A beautiful high quality photo. Superb job!!

Hello Gert

Excellent photo of this butterfly over the earth,
very fine POV and the way it is framed it brings
dynamism to the image, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Gert,
Excellent photo of this beautiful butterfly!!!Excellent focus, great sharpness and details and very good light.
Regards, João Edgar

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-15 13:19]

Hello Gert,
Long time no see. Good to know that some of the old-timers still hang around. : )
What a gorgeous butterfly.
The lighting and the focus seem to be perfect, as usual.
The composition is lovely. I like the way the subtle colors of the rocks in the BG seem to bring out the colors on the admiral.
Hope you are well, and TFS. : )

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