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A Painted Lady

A Painted Lady
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC LZ1
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-20 12:31
Viewed: 3448
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Painted Lady

Either of two species of butterflies in the genus Vanessa (family Nymphalidae): V. cardui of Africa and Europe or V. virginiensis of North and Central America. They have broad, elaborately patterned wings of reddish orange, brown, white, and blue. In spring, vast numbers of V. cardui travel thousands of miles across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. A few members of the subsequent generation travel south in late summer, but most perish in the northern winter. North American painted ladies travel in spring from northwestern Mexico to the Mojave Desert and sometimes as far as Canada. Their larvae eat plants in the aster family; V. cardui larvae eat thistles and stinging nettles.

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Hi Hilary,
we are here at the same time - preview neighbours. If I had known that you post this wonderful butterfly - I had posted the same - but with closed wings, so you can see the design of the under-wings ;-) Would have been a good combination. I love your shot, very good quality and brilliant colours, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 0] (316)
  • [2006-09-20 12:35]

magnifique photo avec de trčs belles couleurs. merci beaucoup.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-20 12:37]

Hi Hilary.
You have shared a very colorful and beautiful picture. Colour palette of your shot is really amazing. The butterfly, its pose, details are excellent. The BG is impressive and wonderful. My compliments and best regards.

Hi Hilary,

Perfect composition with superb sharpness, Great natural collours and very good details.

Gr Thijs

Very good shot of this Summer butterfly.
Good, natural colours, great sharpness.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-20 12:48]

Excellent portrait of the Painted Lady, its colours and wing-patterns are gorgeous here. Very sharp too!
TFS, Ulla

Hello Hilary,
this is a great picture.
Sorry, I have no time - critique later.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-09-20 13:11]

Hi Hilary,
good shot, nice composition, beautiful wings of b-fly. Good work. I like it.
Gr, Aleksander

Hi Hilary

Great image. Perfect POV, great pose, lovely colours. Very nice work. :-)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-20 13:51]

Hallo Hilary.
It is very magnificent shot hereof lovely butterfly.Colours,composition and sharpness is very,very beautiful.I like regular position wings.In a word excellent!Congratulate and thanks.

Power greetings, Milos

Hi Hilary,
Exellent picture.Wonderful colours and composition.Well done.
Best regards.


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-20 14:07]

Beauty Hilary. Great focus on the butterfly. Great color, too. The flowers on the top are SO colorful and contrasty they draw my attention away from the subject (plus they are a bit out of focus, so it's frustrating to look there), so I would crop a bit off the top.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-20 14:25]

Hallo Hilary,
TrekNature offers a huge number of Painted Ladies, but you present it from a particular and more difficult point of view. Nevertheless, clarity and sharpness of the wings as well as of the body and the antennae are excellent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-20 15:35]

Hello Hilary,
Apart from the clarity and good DOF, I like the composition of your shot and how the colours of this Painted Lady contrast so well with those of the Budleia.
TFS, regards. Ivan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-20 16:19]

Nice shot. Good details, excellent colours, lovely composition and nice POV



Hi Hilary,
A painted lady like a painted picture :) Your capture looks very pretty and I like your POV. TFS my friend.
With my best wishes

Good morning Hilary,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and great framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-21 3:29]

Hola Hilary, Muy hemosa tu compo, excelentes detalles y composición, saludos

Hi Hilary,
Very colourful capture. You've placed the butterfly well within it's environment with strong composition.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-21 7:20]

Hermosa composición Hilary con POV y colorido muy agradables.
Buen DOF que permite despegar la mariposa del fondo con adecuado encuadre y presentación.
Personalmente, creo que el marco de color verde en esta caso, no combina adecuadamente con la imagen... pero es sólo mi punto de vista.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful composition Hilary with very pleasant POV and coloring.
Good DOF that allows to detach the butterfly of the background with appropriate framing and presentation.
Personally, I believe that the frame of green color in this case, doesn't combine appropriately with the image... but it is only my point of view.
Good work.
Regards... Ricardo

Hi Hilary,
This one is your best so far. Wonderful shot with excellent composition and very good details! :-) POV and DOF are also very good! Congratulations!

hi hilary
les papillon sont souvent nombreux sur ces fleurs,cela permet d'avoir les couleurs de l'insecte et celles des fleurs en meme temps et cela donne de jolie photo.comme celle-ci.bravo.

Now this is a grand picture of a beautiful Painted Lady, Hilary.
Remarkably attractive POV, DOF ,colours and sharpness.
Well done and TFS.

Colourful compo. A painted lady...amazing distances they travel in such a short life.
Must be some kind of trip!

j'apprécie beaucoup la netteté du papillon que l'on peux voir entierement et les couleurs réel.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-11 11:02]

Very pretty shot. Most of the time a butterfly shot from the rear doesn't make a nice photo but you pulled this one of vey well. The butterfly is nicely framed in the middle of the purple flowers and the DOF is great. Very nice. TFS.

Bella composición con gran variedad de color, muy buena nitidez. Un saludo

Excellent color and details!

Hi Hilary,

A fantastic picture of this butterfly, lovely colours. Very well done.


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