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Early Small White Butterfly

Early Small White Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-11 12:19
Viewed: 3344
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not the 1st Butterfly I have seen this year but the 1st to stop long enough for the camera to start up and me to approach close enough to get in any thing like enough detail for me. Seen here clinging to a fading Daffodill petal is a Female Small White (Artogeia rapae), you can tell its female because you can see 2 spots though the wing, the male has only 1. Having seen out the winter as a Chrysalis as soon as the warmer weather come, which could be as early as March. there are 2 generations a year, the 1st one is paler in colour than the summer one. Both generations lay their eggs on Brassica's (Cabbage plants), eggs hatch in about a week,and the bright green caterpillars (they get the colour from the chlophyll of the plant)munch their way though the food plants, in the case of garden cabbage plants they start in the middle and work their way out from the centre so by the time you see them your intended lunch is spoiled. The abundance of its food plant makes it one of the commonest Butterflies in the English country-side.
Shadows and Highlights beause I tend to under expose the whites to make sure as much detail is available, because if overexposed the detail is lost.
Sharpen Via Mode>Lab colour>Channels>Lightness>USM>Mode>Convert back to RGB
Crop image to size
save to web to adjust file size below below the 200k max.

Fisher, TAZ, coasties, scottevers7, puffy, PDP, carper, red45, hummingbird24, gerhardt, Luc, phlr has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-11 12:27]

Excelent capture and well done on the composition.
My Cokin x3 is on the side waiting for the B.blies to appear. Until then, the spiders will do.
Well done on this one.


You captured so many different textures - the featury fragile wings, the powdery pollen, the furry body of the butterfly (I want to reach in and touch it)....I love it!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-11 13:13]

Belle macrophoto pour ce superbe papillon ! La couleur et la texture des ailes sont jolies. Bonne netteté. Dommage qu'il y ait une maison en arrière-plan, un coup de PS pour la gommer serait bien...
Well done !

Great shot on this butterfly. Excellent colors, and very sharp detail. Well Done!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-11 13:55]

Beautiful macro. Very nice colours and good sharpness. Good portrait. I like it. Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-11 15:47]

Excellent macro shot Robert, well captured, sharpness and details are great, even thought background is a bit busy, but still great photo. Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-11 16:28]

Nice shot Rob, good details and very nice subject. I would have been great if someone were waving from that window! :-) Very nice work. I've seen quite a few butterflies already this year.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-04-11 17:02]

Nice colors and a very spring like atmosphere... TFS...Ina...

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-11 17:02]

Well done in getting one to stop :) The sharpness and exposure is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Wow, this is a beauty Robert. Excellent sharpness and detail captured here. Nice wing pattern. Simple but very attractive. Livio has posted a green b'fly too. They are such a nice colour. Congrats on a great post. TFS

very nice one Robert,
You succeed in what I missed this weekend,
very nice capture, I see myself running behind that whit butterfly, but he was not prepared for the photo, Yours is nice, good sharpnes very good pof, very nice photo,
gr. Jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-12 8:20]
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Maybe not so white but still very nice :-) Butterflies are very hard to capture. Good notes and photo, pity about house on BG.

Wonderful detail and POV on this one Robert.
Interestint butterfly and note. Thank you.

I cuaght a similar one Robert. Only yours are closer and the deatils nicer. Nice pov on this one. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-17 9:18]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks, Robert, for sharing so beautifull pictures and for the enjoyment which they give us, and for the feeling to feel less ignorant after the reading of your note.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-10 13:26]

Great shot! 5*!
I guess that it's actual cientific name is Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758), and the english common name is "Small White".

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