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Queen of Spain


Queen of Spain
Photo Information
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: 2006-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-10 7:27
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is wiidely distributed over most of Europe. It is quite common in the southern half of Sweden where it can be seen in two or three generations from the end of April until October. The host food plants are various species of violet.
It is worth noting that the silver or mother-of pearl colours of the spots are produced by the way light is reflected from the scales and not pigment.
Populations in Northern Europe are reinforced by the tendency of this butterfly to migrate.
Until this year I have found it difficult to get a good shot of its striking underside as it only settles with its wings closed when it is very warm, otherwise it keeps its wings open like many other species of butterfly to absorb the heat of the sun.
This individual was photographed on lavender in my garden on one of the many hot summer days we had this year with my camera hand-held.

phlr, ddg, Matt-Bird, vanderschelden, horia, jeanpaul, Hil, sgo, petrudamsa, ramthakur, peter_stoeckl, TAZ, Janice, nardophoto, rimas has marked this note useful
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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-10 7:32]

Bonjour Ivan, excellent shot of this Butterfly, very nice colors and a lot of details. I like your neutral BG, the subjet is enhanced!! Congratulations, Didier.

Hi Ivan,
This is a wonderful composition with excellent details. Very nice POV and DOF that lets us see a beautiful BG. I love those colors and lightning. This is very well done! TFS,
Claudine

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-09-10 8:26]

Hi Ivan!
Great sharp shot with magnificent colours and focus on buterfly, very vivid!TFS!

Hi Ivan
Beautiful colour composition and good lighting.The dof is just right, great photo.
regards
Matt

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-10 8:31]

Hallo Ivan,
you obtained a wonderful picture of lathonia. The contrasts between flower, butterfly and background are perfect. Nice composition with natural colours and high sharpness.
Peter

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-10 9:33]

Hi Ivan

Superb shot of this very beautiful butterfly!
Excellent POV, superb colors and light and excellent DOF. Also great sharpness, especially with such a big focal length.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-10 10:01]

Hi Ivan,
I'll try to see one of this Queen of Spain. Beautiful butterfly very well captured with excellent colors, sharpness and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-10 10:57]

Nice composition Ivan, maybe slightly over exposed...

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
Lighting ***
Background *****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Greetings... Ricardo

Bonjour Ivan
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs ,le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-10 12:30]

Lovely shot, nice colours, POV and BG

TFS

Karan

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-09-10 13:13]

Bonsoir,
Magnifique nacré bien net.
Bonne soirée.
clnaef

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-10 14:21]

Hi Ivan,

Lovely shot, the POV and composition are perfect, the colousr are lovely and the details are nice and sharp.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-10 16:01]

Absolutely splendid shot, Ivan.
Perfect focus and great light.
Beautiful colors and and designs on this gorgeous "Queen of Spain".
TFS. : )

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-09-11 0:30]
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Hi Ivan,
My very best congratulations to your stately portrait of the 'Spanish Queen', elegantly posing on top of the contrasting lavender - a very successful combination of colours and forms! Excellent craftsmanship!
Best regards,
Goran

Hi Ivan,

Beautiful photo. I should say professional quality. The b-fly's wings look royal indeed.

Cheers, Petru

Very good quality image of this beautiful butterfly, Ivan.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-11 9:56]

Hi Ivan,
Nice colours, compo and good light.Lovely BG.
Super macro. Good work!

Regards,
Milos

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-11 22:54]

Hello Ivan

A wonderful capture of this fritillary.We have a similar one here.Good DOF and details.Nice POV and composition.The colours are really nice and the flower it is on really helps show it off well.TFS

Rob

Hi Ivan,
very clear, precise, well composed and and well describing shot. Interesting, well written notes, too. Thank you!
Best regards,
Peter

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-14 11:58]

It is a superb Queen of Spain ! This species is so beautiful... Colors, light, DOF, background and sharpness are excelent ! Interesting complementary note... Bravo Ivan and thanks for sharing.

HI Ivan,
somehow I missed this shot - it's a wonderful butterfly with excellent sharpness and brilliant colours, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-21 1:38]

Excellent capture of the Queen of Spain Fritillary, Ivan! The wings are so sharp, focus is spot on! The patterns are so busy, and you show it off to us so well. TFS
Janice

Excellent shot!

Beautiful colors, great DOF, nice sharp details and really good contrasts!


Miguel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-23 3:28]

Hi Ivan,
a superb shot with amazing colours and an excellant DOF.
Well done,
Joey

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