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Orange Tip

Orange Tip
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikon 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 9:42
Viewed: 3585
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is again another capture from the woods down by my house.The butterfly population is beginning to bloom.

My first butterfly.......all comments welcome!

Corrected by Ozby it is "Anthocharis cardamines"

Anthocharis cardamines
So named because of the male's bright orange tips to his forewings. The males are a common sight in spring flying along hedgerows and damp meadows in search of the more reclusive female which lacks the orange and is often mistaken for one of the other 'White' butterflies. The undersides are mottled green and white and create a superb camouflage when settled on flowerheads such as Cow Parsley and Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata. The male is able to hide his orange tips by tucking the forwings behind the hindwings at rest. If you look closely at the mottling you will see that the green colour is in fact made up of a mixture of black and yellow scales. It is found across Europe, and eastwards into temperate Asia as far as Japan.

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Hi David,
It's always pleasant when you see a such good quality post, like this one.
You used an excellent POV to show this vertical pose of the insect.
The light here was great, and you managed it so well in the exposition settings.
A great color work here, of vivid and contrasting ones.
Magnificent the background got with the DOF.
I like a lot the composition builded and the tiny frame used, to focus all the attention on the image and get the best of it.
Congratulations for this first butterfly post. You did it great.
My compliments and best regards,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-22 11:25]

A delightful post, David! The wings still look so fresh and new. Superb composition with nicely angled butterfly and flower

Hello David,
Congratulations for your first butterfly, he looks very good. I love this composition and this DOF that let us see a nice environment. Details are pretty sharp. I would have been curious to see the same picture with a smaller aperture like F8 but it is a beautiful picture with lovely specie. Thanks,

Hi David,

Interesting to note you used the 70-300VR for this shot, I've not really done much macro but think I should definitely start getting up close and personal like this!
Nice detail on the butterfly although not all of it is sharp.
Good POV, and composition lends itself well. The light is quite bright in the sunny spots leading some burnt spots and conversely to the shadow areas, but hey it's your first attempt and nice job to.
Good work, I'm sure they'll be more to come!


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