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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: 2006-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-19 4:28
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Points: 42
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Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown butterfly

(Pyronia tithonus)

A pair of mating Gatekeeper butterflies which were on a leaf in a bush.
There was quite a strong backlight so I used the diffused flash and exposure compensation was set at -1.7.

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.

red45, dew77, valy67, ddg, peter_stoeckl, wallhalla15, aido, phlr, jmp, Kaszek, Oz1, marhowie, cecilia, extramundi, firelord, Alex99, Christopher_PL has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-19 4:33]

Hello Andy,
Wonderful capture.POV,clear details,lighting,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-19 4:35]

Hi Andy!
One of best shots of Gatekeepers I've ever seen. Details and sharpness are perfect. Every part of butterflies' bodies is well focused. Composition is also very good, green, relaxing BG fits well. And don't forget about very interesting moment and good note. Perfect TN's post.

Hi Andy !
What a wondeful capture ! Sharpness, details, composition and DOF are perfect, nice natural colors, and a great moment ! You captured them at the perfect moment to make a great photo ! These butterflies are so common in my garden, but I didn't know their name, so thank you for telling me ! :-) Very wel done !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-19 4:47]

Bonjour Andy, splendid shot with these two Gatekeeper mating. Excellent POV and DOF, great colors and BG too. Very well done, Didier.

Hi Andy,
what a well presented couple of Pyronia tithonus, with excellent details and beautifully soft contrasting colours against the lush green background. Very well balanced composition. Very useful notes, too. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-19 6:01]

Hi Andy,

Great shot of these butterflies mating,well seen and captured,


Hello Andy, excllent colors Bg, POV DOF Perfec details everythis is really crisp, Great capture and great work, TFS Kyle

Hi Andy,
Great job with the flash exposure here. Beautiful color saturation and very sharp detail. Great composition and framing. Great camera work here!

Hi Andy,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.

Congrats Andy,
this is an excellent butterfly shot! Brilliant sharpness, colours and lighting. Excellent POV, bg and contrast. I like this composition very much. Very well done, thanks for posting.

Hi Andy, nice shot with great colors and details.
Good moment captured.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-19 13:58]

Hi Andy,
A great shot and your approach to exposure with the combination of exposure bias and diffused flash is excellent, you've overcome the circumstances working against you with great results. Accomplished camera work. It's a great shot, excellent detail, beautiful colours and a good clear view of these two. I think the thing that makes this for me though is your control of light, just superb.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-19 18:10]

Excellent capture Alan!
Very good DOF and details!
Very good sharpness!
5* and TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-20 3:16]

Hi Andy,
Perfect focus, narrow dof, right pov at the same level, very good saturated colors, extreme sharpness, oof bg, beautiful pose,... a perfect capture!
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hi Andy!
Superb quality shot! Outstanding with full of details and great colours. Very good POV.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-20 7:05]

Hi Andy,
Beautifull capture. colors and details are stunning!! BG is great!
well done and TFS!!

Hi Andy,
Excellent macro work.
Very good DOF, color, light, and sharp details..Nicely blurred green BG, really makes these two lovers stand out well :)
Very well done!!

Wow! Absolutely perfect, deserving of every single points it's got so far, and here's another.

A pleasure to look at, MF.
No nits on this one, just enjoy.
Can you tell me what flash are you using and what settings?
Thanks very much for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-26 23:54]

Hi Andy.
It's a really marvellous picture. Quality of reproduction of butterfly's texture and details is incomparable. Composition, framing, colours and BG are irreproachable. My compliments,

Hello Andy
Another GREAT shot from you ;-)
I've never seen this species, your picture is really very good. Thanks


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