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Last of the Summer Wine

Last of the Summer Wine
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-02 10:13
Viewed: 3924
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, taking the last nectar of 2006 from Ivy in my garden, along with many droneflies and wasps. Drinking at "The Last Chance Saloon.."

Although it's a common species, I have always thought it very beautiful and in many ways the colours of the underside, which just looks brown from a distance, are even more attractive than the upper surface. Text books still state that the Red Admiral cannot survive British winters, but in recent years many have done just that, and occasional specimens appear on mild, sunny days in midwinter. However, the Red Admiral population of northern Europe is dependent on annual influxes of migrants from the south.

Shot handheld in natural light. Very little PP - mainly use of burn tool on ivy flowers (they always seem prone to "burn out" when I photograph them). Focussed and exposed manually.

I've been away for a while, so I'm going to post some of this summer's shots in reverse chronological order - that should confuse you ;)

nainnain, fartash, scottevers7, Necipp, manyee, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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To peter_stoeckl: British Winter ..Merlin 1 10-06 04:14
To vanderschelden: High contrast?Merlin 1 10-02 13:20
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vraiment une prise extra, très bonnes couleurs sur un bon BG

nice comp, i like the colors here.


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  • kali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 2 N: 0] (536)
  • [2006-10-02 11:15]


It is nice shot. good POV.



Hello Nigel
What a colorful shot of butterfly,
nice composition,Excellent.


Contrast is a bit high but sharpness is excellent and beautiful species.
Compo well done, Nigel.

Hi Nigel,
a beautiful shot of this noble butterfly.
Warm light and brilliant colours, very well done, thanks and kind regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice shot Merlin good detail and lovely colours I live in the UK and see many of these although commom still an interestng butterfly. Composition is fine. rgds

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-02 21:43]

Hello Nigel

A lovely capture of this red admiral.The colours are well saturated.Good DOF and POV.The details are very clear.He seems to be sipping nectar quite happily there.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-03 1:49]

Hello Nigel,
It is so nice to see a post from you.
A very beautiful butterfly indeed. Actually very amazing-looking. The colors make me think of Jacob' s multi-colored coat for some reason.
You did an incredible job of bringing out all the nuances and hues hidden in that brown underwing. That definitely requires a high level of photographic skills.
Very impressive presentation of this red admiral.
TFS. : )

Hi Nigel,
An excellent shot on this Red Admiral. The exposure looks spot on. This has rendered some beautiful colors and sharp intricate detail.
Perfect control on the DOF. You have him perfectly on the focal plane.
Very well done!

Gotta revisit for a well deserved :) tomorrow....Over my limit today!!!

Hello Nigel,
good to see a posting from you again here on TN.
Remarkably rich spectre of colours you have made visible here on the well camouflaged underside of wings of a red admiral lady. The little but clear indication of seeing a female here is well visible. Perfect composition, excellent notes. Common species seen in a different way.
I am not surprised to read Vanessa atalanta is successfully hibernating in the UK. Even I would if I could afford the high cost of living there. As I remember from a few visits to these lucky islands they do not seem to have any winter and are enjoying topless sports cars and subtropical vegetation all over the place even as far north as Scotland.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Nigel,
Well captured photo of this colourful butterfly.Good sharpness and detail on
the butterfly and plant isolating them from the background.

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