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Silver-studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-23 7:25
Viewed: 4904
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Several days ago in my photo gallery a real revolt has begun. It was reaching crises point for a long time. And who, you think, was its instigator? Yes, you are right, these nice butterflies.

I usually photograph in vicinities of my country house. These are the former agricultural fields, allocated by the state to the townspeople for gardening in the end of 1980th years. In this district there are not a lot of butterflies. Many of them are not remarkable. When I have joined to TN, I was amazed with magnificence of the butterflies living in various parts of globe. Since then I hesitated to share my butterfly pictures. In my TN collection there are only three photos of butterflies:
On the rest
True colours
On envy to fashion woman.

It is clear, that such my position has displeased in group of my butterflies. To eliminate this injustice, I have decided to present my small collection in the chronological order.

This is the second picture of a butterfly, taken by me for all my photo life, and the first shot taken by my macro lens right away after of its purchase. The first shot is this butterfly picture On the rest taken by my first common zoom lens (28-75 mm).

Updated later. Title has been corrected too!
Many thanks Argus and Uleko for help with correct ID.

The incorrect information:
This is common blue butterfly. The information on it can be found, for example, here
Common Blue
Common blue - Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus icarus (Russian).

The correct information:
It is a sole species of butterflies, which is much widespread in our edges. This species is well known to TN members also is well studied. About this butterfly see Silver-studded Blue.

I hope that my butterflies stated the discontent with me not vainly, and you will accept them in our TN family.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To carper: Thanks a lot and rotationAlex99 1 03-05 14:31
To wishnugaruda: WS, thanks.Alex99 1 02-27 14:16
To peter_stoeckl: Fantastic commnets.Alex99 1 02-24 15:32
To uleko: Accuracy (ID). Thanks.Alex99 1 02-23 10:03
To Argus: Correct ID. Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-23 09:52
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hi alexei,
excellent macro shot,
the small butterfly has been captured with good sharpness & very good details,
nice pov, the leafs make lovely bg,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Alexei,
Great capture of this butterfly.
I like the colors a lot.
Details are superb.
Nice job.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-23 7:36]

hi Alexei,
un autre shoot parfaitment réalisé de ce papillon. L'ouverture est bien choisie et donne des détails subtiles. Très bonne association de couleur.


Hi Alexei,
Seems like gravity doesn't exist at all here.
Very good image. Good exposure, sharpness, composition and so forth.
Well done
The other images are also very well done.

Hi Alexi,
This is an excellent macro shot on this Comman Blue. Beautiful color and sharp detail in the butterfly. I think it looks great.

hi alexei!
nice macro with good sharpness
and very nice lightning!
good work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-23 8:21]
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Hello Alexei,
Technically first class shot of this Blue Butterfly, with excellent lighting, sharpness and BG.
I'm afraid the ID is wrong, though. This is a female Silver-Studded Blue (Plebejus argus) - my butterfly!
This is a female because of the brownish colour on the underside of the wings and you can just see the brown upperside. The less angular form of the upper wing differentiates it from the similar Idas blue in this photo.
The Common Blue has a white wedge-shaped streak from the red spots to the centre.
This is a little lesson in exchange for your technical lessons!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-23 8:22]
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Hello Alexei,
Beautiful capture of the Silver-studded Blue which also occurs here along the coast. Very nice sharp details and colours and certainly worth displaying! I like the composition too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexie
Very nice shot of common blue,
Excellent composition and POV,
Beautiful colors,Welldone.


Privet Alexei,
Just need a word: CONGRATULATIONS! Very nice, very clean, very neat! Perfect!
With my best wishes.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-23 9:41]

Hurrah! You have decided to share your little ladies! That's marvellous! All your pictures of butterflies are really gorgeous in technique and in beauty, so we are on to a good thing.
I am eager to know all kind of butterflies that you can find there. Please, please. Go on with them.
Thank you very much. :)
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-23 10:02]

Hola Alexei,
Bella macro, nitidez y colores exclentes,
gran trabajo, saludos

You have unearthed a precious jewel from your dormant archive belonging exclusively to the butterflies, Alexei.
The Blue is a wide-spread species and it is found everywhere in India despite marked variations in climatic conditions there. This specimen from your country looks, young, fresh and energetic.
A well captured sharp and colourful image.
Best regards,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-23 10:13]

Beau contraste entre le papillon et la fleur. Les ailes sont en parfait état.
Bonne journée.

Hi Alexei,
this is a beautiful close-up picture. The composition and colours are very good. The sharpness and exposure are spot on.
Well done,my friend.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-02-23 11:43]

Beautiful butterfly. The colors are amazing. Very sharp focus. Excellent composition.

bonjour alex
voila un papillon de toutes beauté,personellement j'aurais peut etre recadré un peu,mais cela n'engage que moi!
les details sont vraiment bien presents et les couleurs superbes.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-23 11:48]

Hi Alexei.
Excellent capture of this little beautiful butterfly.Very nice point of view with perfect DOF.I like your composition and pretty lighting.Colors and details are simply amazing.
Well done,TFS and best greetings.

Hello Alexei what a superb detailed shot lovely DOF and great light nice colour and contrast beautifull work tfs rgds Necip.

Alexei, has capturado una maravilla con tu cámara. Detalles fabulosos. La silueta de la mariposa se recorta contra un fondo extraordinario. Muy estético.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Very good shot Alexei.
Excellent macro. Very nice excercise with the colour, structure and focus. tfs. Stev

Hola Alexei,
Una imagen muy bella y natural, buena nitidez y composición. Un cordial saludo

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-23 16:43]

Hello Alexei,
Very impreesive butterfly photo from you. Love the sharpness and detail. Composition is unusual and outstanding. Keep up the good work!

Belle photo, beau papillon,très belles et douces couleurs, discrètes et lumineuse a la fois. Amitiés Thomas

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-24 3:46]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent macro shot!
Great composition with superb POV,
excellent details and nice colours.
Very Well done! my friend,TFS

Helo Alexei !
What a spnedid shot ! And the butterfly is entirely in focus from the tip of the wings to the tip of the antennas ! Great work ! Beautiful composition, natural colors, excellent POV and pose of the butterfly... It is simply perfect ! Congratulations !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-24 4:43]

Privet Alexei,
Lovely close up.POV,details,colors,DOF,details and lighting are wonderful.Have agreat weekend!

Hi dear Alexei ,
very nice image.
great composition and nice colours.
BG is excellent too.
very well done
thanks and regards

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-24 6:37]

Difícil situación muy bien resuelta aquí amigo mío con excelente punto de vista para captar la mariposa en medio de su entorno.
Buen DOF permite el foco apropiado y el correcto OOF, iluminación y balance de blancos bien controlados, agudeza acorde y una composición estéticamente agradable.
Una escena bien equilibrada... TFS.
Un cordial saludo desde un caluroso Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Difficult situation very well resolved here my friend with excellent point of view to capture the butterfly amid their environment.
Good DOF allows the appropriate focus and correct OOF, illumination and white balance well controlled, sharpness in agreement and a composition aesthetically pleasant.
A very balanced scene... TFS.
A cordial greeting from a warm Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-24 6:42]

Hi Alexei,
Great details and wonderful colours and environment.
TFS, José M.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-24 7:38]

Hi Alex,
It's a good idea to wake up your little butterflies and to show them on TN. You present this little Blue in an excellent and photogenic position. The composition of the picture is great and sharpness, like always,too. Now, we look further for the others.:-)
Best regards

hello alex
félicitations pour cette jolie prise, tres bons détails et couleurs sur ce papillon
bravo et merci

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-24 10:25]

Hi Alexei,

This is a great macro-shot, I like the details of the butterfly very much.
Very good sharpness, POV, BG and beautiful colours.
Well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend.

Greetings, Nel

Dear Alexej,
so far, it has only been a small number of butterflies you have presented here on TN. Listing them here in your note for a quick review shows that all of them have been of outstanding precision and high artistic quality.
"On the rest", giving an excellent portrait of Zerynthia polyxena, posted months ago, is still very fresh in my memory as an outstanding image, both for the butterfly species that is something special for Europe (and first described from Vienna in 1775 by Denis & Schiffermüller), and for its very artistic composition with the dry plant it is sitting on. This image was made without any special equipment such as a macro, and nevertheless it is excellent.
Now the Argus Blue comes as another example of precision high quality, and a very good sense for composition. I like it a lot. Congratulations, my dear friend.
Picturing butterflies - same as capturing birds - is most often a job where you are in a hurry. Different to picturing flowers and other stills, you usually cannot wait for the light to change, try different points of view, different aperture settings, but you have to approach as carefully and closely as possible and press the button quicker than the butterflies takes off again. So is rather hard to obtain high precision captures from them.
That is a very promising start for more to come from you, and I am very much looking forward to that.
Thank you! My best wishes,

Hi Alexei, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful little one :)) I love its pose, exposure, details, lightning, colors and composition. DOF and contrast are very good too. What else can I say except, congratulations!

Hi Alexei,Master of Macrophotography!

Brilliant is the term to this outstanding macro:colours,composition,perfect sharpness,texture...everything is perfect indeed and this is one more masterpiece here on treknature!
best regards dear friend

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-02-24 13:47]

Hola Alexei.- Que bella mariposa la que hoy vemos aqui. Muy nitida y con exelente fondo. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-24 15:55]

Hello Alexei

Don't hold back,show us the butterflies please.This is beautiful.The details and textures are so sharp and well focused.The colours are well saturated.A real beauty.TFS


Your Silver-studded Blue is truely lovely. Very sharp in your focusing.
The details are so very clear.
Love also the contrasts.
Great composition,

Hello Alexei,
Excellent details, very attractive composition!
The macro work is top class no doubt, reproducing details in a wonderful way and the colours are very attractive...
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-25 3:55]

Hi Alexei

I am pleased you are sharing your butterfly collection. This is a lovely shot with sharp details, natural colours and a nice POV. Lovely shot



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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-25 5:14]

Hi Alex!
I love to wait to see each one of your new shots, I can hear music when I see this one, that doesn't mean I'm crazy but that this is such a magnificent view, interesting composition, perfect focus and POV,I don't see why you waited to post it, it's great and has funny note!TFS!

Hi Alexei,
it's such a cute tiny butterfly, I love them so much. You captured it with excellent sharpness. The only thing I would have done is to turn it 50 degree to the right.
I made a WS for you, hope you don't mind.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-25 13:42]

hello Alexei
wonderful macro working on this beautiful butterfly. i like composition, point of view, colours, sharpness and details in your photo. furthermore successful using of filter, lens and f value

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-25 13:53]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent closeup capture.
You can see every detail on this butterfly.
The green surrounding fits in perfect with the BF.
Keep up the good job.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-27 13:02]

Hi Alexei

Even though this is a very popular butterfly here on TN, i must say that this is avery high quality macro work, my friend!
The details on its entire body, head and antennas are really terrific and the colors and patterns shine very beautifully out of the frame.
The soft contrast with the BG works well, the lighting is exceptional and the POV is nice.

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-27 13:50]

Hi Alexei,
Great shot of this little butterfly. Nice composition and pov. The focus is excellent. Nice colours.
Thanks Paula

hello alexei,

Great picture, and sharpness. i'd like a different crop but i like the pose of the butterfly. Great lighting and clear subject.

yes i've been gone for a while.. school's been busy and i don't have time to go out for photography :( But i'm having SOME time on my hands although exams are coming. :) so we'll see.

Carry on the great shots!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-01 2:06]

Hi Alexei,
The focus, clarity and sharpness on the butterfly is great. Very good POV with a very successfull background consisting of leaves, I liked the lighting. Very well done.

well Alexei,
Sorrie of the late critique, but I have much to do on trek earth on the moment. It is very intens to made and folow almost 50.000 people on that side. I promes you my friend, I will come back in spring with new photo shots and I hope I will see this little blue one also, the shot is nice but for the composition I would rotate it for a better pov, the perspective is nice even as the fantastic sharpnes, well done my friend, Have a nice weekend.
gr. jaap

Bonjour Alexei
C'est une belle composition trés harmonieuse et des couleurs qui se marient parfaitement. Super BG.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful macro picture of this small butterfly. Sharpness, exposure, and colors saturation are great. Congratulations and with best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-20 6:59]

Hello Alexei,
gorgeouys shot, I like the POV a lot it brings a lot of depth into the picture. Sharpness, colors and details are amazing. Excellent work.

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-03 5:04]

Hello Alexei,
Very good lighting on this sharp, well focused butterfly. I liked the colors as well.


hello Alexei

perfect picture with wonderful colours and a nice contrast bewteen the butterfly and the leaves

sharpness is perfect



Hi Alex
Really well done! Great colours and sharpness. All the details are perfect visible - thanks


Hi, Alex.
Good macro. Very interesting pose. Sharpness, details and colors on butterfly are very good.

Hello Alex,
Beautiful shot, great close up! Sharp details , great color. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Butterfly Fields Forever (32) " :o)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-20 20:04]

Hi Alexei,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry, on the sick list.

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