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The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-02 4:01
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown butterfly

(Pyronia tithonus)


As its English names suggest, the Gatekeeper (also known as the Hedge Brown) is often encountered where clumps of flowers grow in gateways and along hedgerows and field edges. It is often seen together with the Meadow Brown and Ringlet, from which it is easily distinguished when basking or nectaring with open wings.

The colour and patterning of the wings are very variable and about a dozen aberrations have been named. Favourite nectar sources include Wild Marjoram, Common Fleabane, Ragworts, and Bramble.

It is widespread in southern Britain and its range has extended northwards in recent years. Its range is far more localized in southern Ireland.

European/world range.

It occurs widely across Europe, to Asia Minor and the Caucasus, and also occurs locally in Morocco. It is declining in several European countries.

Various grasses are used, with a preference for fine grasses such as bents (Agrostis spp.), fescues (Festuca spp.), and meadow-grasses (Poa spp.). Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) is also used. The full range of other species used is not known.


Exposure Time: 1/30 sec
F-Stop: f/13.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 60/1 mm
Metering Mode: Partial

phlr, Janice, ALIRIZA, honza, limier, sandpiper2, dew77, scottevers7, aido, lvdbremer, goutham_ramesh, PDP, hummingbird24, peter_stoeckl, glazzaro, TAZ, liquidsunshine, wallhalla15, blue-velvet29, loot, firelord has marked this note useful
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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-02 4:07]

Excellent photo od this common Satyridae Andy!
Excellent on details and colours!
Very good POV with wings wide open!
Very good DOF too!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-02 4:23]

HI Andy, good capture of the butterfly, it looks very real, so sharp and clear. Great colours too. Well done,

Hello Andy!
Excellent shot.Very good macro. Beautiful image with good framing, POV, colors and composition you have caught. Congratulations,

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-03-02 4:49]

Very good photo of the brown butterfly. Perfect composition, sharpness and beautiful colors.

Hi Andy
Great photo and beautiful colors
My opinion is that the color of the butterfly is more beautiful when its standing on a green leaf
That why I like it
See you

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-02 6:31]

Hello Andy!
Very nice close up.POV,colors,details,framing and
sharpness are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Good composition, great exposure, good details, good note.
you have some beautiful butterflies in the UK and softer light to play with, well done.

Hi Andy,
Excellent capture!
Great composition and sharp details,
very nice colours and good contrast with green/brown.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Andy,
The soft light in this shot was perfect. This has allowed very beautiful saturated colors. Detail is very sharp. Your composition and framing on this are flawless. This really looks great!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-02 7:19]

Hi Andy,
Great shot, excellent detail and colour, very informative note.

Hey Andy, beautifull warm colours, nice POV, great sharpness, Thanks for sharing, Loes

Great Capture Andy,
Excellent details , diagonal composition!!!, shapness and colors
Goutham R

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-02 11:00]

Hello Andy, nice shot. Very nice colours and a a good composition. Very well focussed too and I think the DOF is just right. Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-02 11:02]

Beautiful butterfly, Andy. The details are super sharp and the colors are so rich. Great POV as well. TFS. : )

Hello Andy,

A lovely composition, with excellent details, colors, POV, and exposure.

Well done, thank you!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-02 11:39]

it's a good one Andy,
You become a realy expert Photographer, very good pov, nice composition and a good dof, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Andy,
this is a very good picture of a beautiful butterfly.
Very good composition and POV. Lovely colours and good DOF.
IMO you could sharpen it a wee bit.
Very good work.

Hi Andy
Very good composition and POV,great colours and detail.TFS.Hilmi

Hi Andy,
that pretty and winning species, perfectly taken! A lot of fine details, fine colours, the soft surface of wings and body very well presented. Composition on the leaves very good, too. Thanks and regards,

Superb detail, nice work.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-02 13:09]

What a wonderful and interesting butterfly that you have well captured ! I like the warm colors and details of the wings. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

Well captured Andy,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

Hello Andy,
a beautifull detailed capture of this fine butterfly. Nicely composed and with very good DoF and POV. Another great note too, very well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Andy

Sorry, no time for a proper critique today, but enough time to see that this deserves a big green :-)! TFS.

Hello Andy!
Great composition and colors. Perfect POV and DOF. Well done!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-05 4:29]

Hi Andy.
Wonderful photo, excellent compositon colors and details,is a great photo.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-05 13:51]
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Hi Andy
Very good capture of the gatekeeper.
It deserves great ratings on all counts.
Composition, POV, colours, exposure, lighting, DOF, BG, and cropping were all done excellently.
Great work and TFS.

Just perfect shot - colours and sharpness are great.
Nice composition with green leaves. Thanks



that is a really beautiful shot of the gatekeeper. everything is spo on.

Well done.

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