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Common Blue

Common Blue
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-400, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 4:39
Viewed: 2737
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female Common Blue - Thankyou Ivan for confirming the I.D. :-)

This was taken at the start of June by my local lake.
I will post a shot showing the underwings soon too.

I hope you like it!

Argus, eqshannon, nglen, jaycee, Heaven, boreocypriensis, Jamesp, Luis52, Adanac, rousettus, SelenE has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-24 4:46]
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Hello Joe,
Yes, a rather worn old female Common Blue in a great macro taken with fine sharpness to show the scales on the underside of the wings very well against a fine bokeh BG. That Sigma 180 looks like a good lens and you handle it well.
TFS this old beauty,

Great shot here, Joey,
Sttuning sharpness, claruty and colors. very good presentation.

Hi Joe,
nice macro - lots of details, nice colours, good composition.

Ivan has confirmed what my opinion was while I had a close look at this specimen of Common Blue, Joe.
It is a very good capture showing the details and colours on the subject very clearly.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Joe, splendid old common blue with great sharpness and fine details, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

I love it when Ivan comes up first with the correct answer. He is "'Da Man" as some in the ghetto neighborhoods say here in America. Of course I see that on the telly...I have rarely been caught in ghettos with exception of the 1960s...a long story. But as to your butterfly...I am glad it was as you fist suggested. Very well then we all learn and your image was fine enough for Ivan...and it is a good shot overall Joey!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-24 8:44]

Hi Joe. Yes i see Ivan has given yoy the ID. a good close up shot of the Butterfly. showing good detail and natural colours. a nice POV on the flower, well done TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-24 8:53]

Hi Joe,
some fine detail and and perfect DOF make this a great shot mate, well done. Good job on the composition too.

Hello Joe
This is a superb macro.
The focus is perfect bringing sharp details.
Dof is spot on producing a superb BG.
It all very good in my book..You certainly know how to use the 180 very well indeed.
All the best

(I have posted another shot in my workshop of mysterious raptor that I unwittingly took on sunday and it totally fits a picture on the wing pattern in one of my books of a montagu..I think you were right...It totally fits in behaviour to my fathers and my sighting as well.)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-24 9:23]

Hi Joe,

We don't get older - we get better! Although aging, this butterfly is still beautiful. Wonderful macro with nice colors and details of the face and wings. Pretty composition on the lovely flowers.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-24 11:39]

Hi Joe!

Since last week-end, when I met Dietrich and nne and got introduced to macro-photography, I know how difficult this is. Your picture of the Common Blue is magnificient, well put on stage and technically perfect.

I hope one day I'll be able to present one...

Kind regards


Hi Joe,

Very good capture of this female Common Blue. Great POV and composition, very sharp details and nice colours. Great macro work!




Tiene sus riesgos acercarse tanto a estas mariposas por sus difíciles texturas, aunque veo que has rtesuelto perfectamente. Como siempre en tus tomas, respetando los colores.
Buen trabajo Joe!!

J. Ignasi

Hello Jeo
Superb macro capture of this femaile common Blue.
Great clarity, pwerfwect POV and DOF my friend!
Well done OwlMan!:)


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-24 15:07]

Hi Joe

Lovely macro work. Excellent focus and colours.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-24 16:54]

Hola Joe.
Alta calidad en el Macro. Colores suaves en las alas de la Mariposa y exelente la iluminacion en la imagen. Los ojos y antenas son muy bellas tambien.
Saludos Joe.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-24 17:46]

Hello Joe,
Your brilliant camera work give us a marvelous image to view. Superb details and bright colors, superb job Joe.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-24 22:02]

Hello Joe

A lovely view of this beauty.
The focus is sharp showing a lot of texture.
Excellent pov and dof.The OOF BG is terrific.
Well composed with the classic pose.
Great job.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-25 3:40]

Hello Joe, you seem to have a lot of variety and skills. Great shot of this common blue with lovely view. Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 9:53]

Hello Joe,
Wonderful contrasting colours against the OOF BG in this photo. Sharpness, details and clarity are excellent. Great composition.

Hello Joe,
very nice macro-shot of Common Blue. nice to see it from your objective. TFS, best wishes

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-25 12:53]

Hola Joe, buen macro, nitida y con buen detalle, buena luz y color. El fondo (creo que es un acierto darle aire hacia donde mira la mariposa)tonos suaves y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-25 13:44]

Hi Joe,
Color tones, details, lighting, POV and composition are very nice. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-26 3:53]

Hello Joe,
This poor butterfly looks as if it has been battered by enough rain, but your capture is excellent with great focus on the eye. Enough details are still there to tell the species. I like its pose and the fine background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

i'm always amazed at the sharpness you manage to get.
Sigma 180 seems like quite a performer.
nice details you have here...butt looks a 'lil raggedy ...

PS: will revert back later

bonjour joe
voila une tres belle macro,la composition est bonne,je trouve quand même que le papillon semble un peu trop accentué en netteté.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-29 8:44]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and details. Nice pose captured and you have superbly used the flash light here. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Joe,
Amazing close-up!!!
Good detils and colors.
I like it...
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

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