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Gate-Keeper Sheltering

Gate-Keeper Sheltering
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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: 2004-07-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-07-23 17:30
Viewed: 5039
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ever wondered where all the insects vanish to when it get cold or looks like rain? The answer in the case of most butterflies is to get into a hedge or othe plant and try to look like a dead leaf which is why most butterflies are mottled brown on the under wing side of them. This Gate -keeper ( Pyronia tithonus )is seen here sheltering well into a field hedge as it was starting to rain to the point where I was worried about the camera getting very wet, but as you can see this one seems to have found a dry spot where i had to use flash to get, it was so dark even the camera sceen was dark so had to keep taking picture till some started to look OK. the couple of links here are so you can see it in normal light top view and drinking , this is a common butterfly in Britain getting its name from its habit of setting up territories roud gaps in hedges and along open sunny woodland paths where the will sun them selves on gate posts and other flat objects.
very few , crop to size and sharpen edges.
Usm 235% X 2.3px X threshold 4

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Very nice capture robert and the top view is superb. I have never seen it with the wings spread out before - thanks for sharing this one. Very good effect with the flash - I like the dark background and it contributes the colours of the butterfly very well. Interesting note too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-24 2:15]
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Like the note, and your perseverance! This b'fly looks very good in its environment, good, complimentary colours too.

You're right, this looks like a nice dry spot in which to hang out and wait for better weather - not a drop of rain visible ;-))
Good environmental shot and good work to keep going until you got one with perfect sharpness and sufficient light.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-24 17:41]

Great composition with a very nice palette of colours. Even in the absence of the conditions you describe it's an excellent picture.

Really nice one Robbert.
I thought I see here on TN. Very nice capture, good colours and composition, 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)
  • [2004-10-03 1:28]
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Good work Robert.
Your note is very interesting for me.
I just began to use flash.
This afternoon I tried to take a spider.
It was not very successful.
I learn a lot from your notes. Thanks.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-14 17:19]

Perfect as usual!
5* photo!
We have them in Portugal too.
They are very common since Spring to Automm

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