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Satyrium w-album

Satyrium w-album
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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, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-22 3:29
Viewed: 4804
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A White-letter Hairstreak butterfly feeding on thistle.
Its the same individual with tatty wings I posted a few months back.
Its rare to find this butterfly as they spend most of their time up in the tree tops,so it was quite a thrill to see one.
The White-letter Hairstreak is a small butterfly with an erratic, spiralling flight typical of the hairstreaks. It is distinguished by a strongly-defined white 'W' mark across the undersides. The dark uppersides are seen only in flight as the butterflies always settle with their wings closed.
It breeds where elms occur in sheltered hedgerows, mixed scrub, and the edges of woodland rides, and also on large, isolated elms. It was previously thought to have a strong preference for large, mature elm trees, but is now found frequently on younger elm growth.
It was below a bush so I used the diffused flash and exposure compensation was set at -2.
Thanks for looking and a happy christmas to all.

Comandante, horia, dew77, ramthakur, JoseMiguel, scottevers7, phlr, Alex99, Argus, RAP, jmp, Maite, marhowie, thistle, sAner has marked this note useful
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Nice detail and DOF I wish your POV was from a lower point other than that perfect rgds Necip.

Hi Andy,
Its been a long time!! Great picture, the colors are excellent, The sharpness is very good. I also think that the POV is ok.

Hi Andy,
Very nice close up.It's sharp,clear and colourful image.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-22 3:55]

Hi Andy

What a charming butterfly!
The side POV here is really good and it shows us all the beauty of this little guy's wings. The details very very clear and sharp, the exposure is very well managed and the colors and tones everywhere are simply gorgeous! The flash work is great, too!
Also i very much like the DOF, isolating the subject very well from the blurred BG and the lovely composition.
A really good macro work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-22 4:02]

Hello Andy,
Nice to see a new post from you again.POV,colors,details,framing and composition are wonderrful.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The "W" in white is quite prominently etched on its wing, Andy. The specimen is a bit tatty alright but the image is very attractive.
Merry Christmas to you too!

Hello Andy,
Nice presentation of this Hairstreak butterfly.
I like the POV used, and details you catched on their wings.
DOF works pretty well.
Very interesting your note.
Congratulations and happy holidays!,

Hi Andy,
A very good shot on this Hairstreak. Great exposure has the colors looking beautiful. Nice sharp detail with perfect DOF. Great notes. Very well done.
Happy Holidays,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-22 12:16]

Hi Andy.
I am glad to see your new nice picture. First of all I want to say: "Amazing colourful BG. Its blue-green colour tones and blurriness are beauty at high level". The image of the butterfly is perfect: sharp, extremely well detailed with exact colours and nice pose of the insect. Cropping and composition are perfect as always. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-22 13:31]

Hello Andy,
Nice presentation of w-album, sharp and well composed.
We have this species in Sweden, often seen on various deciduous trees after the honey dew left by aphids.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-22 14:52]

Bella macro para tu fugaz regreso Andy con luminosidad, agudeza y apropiado foco y profundidad.
El DOF produce además el necesario desenfoque del fondo, que realza la belleza del insecto y la flor que la soporta.
Me gusta también el encuadre elegido para su presentación.
Mis mejores deseos para estas fiestas que se avecinan... Ricardo

Beautiful macro for your fleeting return Andy with brightness, sharpness and appropriate focus and depth.
DOF also produces the necessary out of focus of the bottom that enhances the beauty of the insect and the flower that it supports.
I also like the elected framing for its presentation.
My best wishes for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-22 17:44]

Hi Andy,
Neat image very well focused. I like colors and pov that let see the sky as background.
Happy Chistmas to you and your family!
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-22 23:52]

Hello Andy

Super shot of this hairstreak.Excellent POV and DOF.The details and colours are lovely.Nicely composed and seen on this flower.TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-23 9:34]

Hello Andy
I really like this picture with such a pretty butterfly and beautiful composition. The sharpness is perfect and I like POV and DOF. Very good job.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
Best wishes

Happy Christmas to you & your family as well mf.
What I like most is the overall color scheme, with blues of the BG highlighting your subject. Sharp, detailed, and exposed well with great DOF Andy..
Merry Holidays ;}

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-25 16:02]

Hi Andy,
Personally, I think the POV is ok. Detail is pin sharp and colours very natural, That white streak really adds impact to the subject.

Hello Andy,
Still to busy to upload your intro? ;-)
I'm glad you have some time to post pictures though :-)
This one is really nice because of BG. Love the mix of green and blue. The butterfly is very sharp and clear and the picture is nicely framed.
Lovely work!

Great shot! I've never seen this species at large.
Ideal colours and sharpness. Thanks


bonjour andy
avec ce ciel bleu pas de probleme,le papillon ressort parfaitement.
les couleurs sont vives est naturelles.bon POV aussi.
meilleurs voeux pour 2007.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-05 7:18]

Good shot Andy. I especially like all the blue. Well composed aswell. TFS!


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