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Gatekeeper in evening light

Gatekeeper in evening light
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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: 2006-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 19:24
Viewed: 3565
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one taken on the way home from work in a field hedgerow at the back of a pond i had gone to see if any Darter Dragonflies had turned up yet, as I had yet to see any so far this year and this pond usually turned up the earliest veiw of this small dragonfly , no luck there, but at least i came away with a couple of shots of this nice common little butterfly, seen here basking in the eveningsun in a sheltered spot out of the breeze in this hawhorn hedge. Note the back edge of the bottom wing looks very tatered, from the shape of the missing bits It's a fair bet that this butterfly has escaped several atempts by birds to catch it for lunch, as they appear to be beak shaped tears. this is not uncommon and is why some buterflies have little streams like the swallow tales for the birds to peck at instead of the near the body allowing them to escape, it is amazing how much redundancy is built into the wings and have seen some butterflies fly with over half the wing area missing.
Shot hand held, with a higher ISo of 400 to give a slightly higher shooting speed to try and cut down on any camera shake. I used my replaced 105macro Sigma lens and took this from about 50 - 60 cm away.
the only post work done was to crop, then sharpen with USM @ 265% X radius 1 X threshold 4

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Hi Robert,
it's a very nice pictyre with good POV and nice colours.
I like the composition too but the picture it's a bit soft.
You do not need 1/500sec for macros, what you need is any kind of support. The big problem is not ths camera shakings, it's the shallow DOF in macros. If you move the camera just a couple of mm towards/forwards when you release. the picture will be soft. Try this DOF calculator
Well done.

very nice captures and shot ;-)

Nicely captured Robert,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed shot.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hi Robert

Great work. Nice compo, good POV. Exposure, sharpness and detail are all spot on! Perfect OOF BG. :-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-14 4:06]

Nice shot of this common Satyridae Robert!
Good on colours and POV!
Very good BG too!

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