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madam butterfly
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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon Macro EF 100mm F2.8 USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies and Moths of TURKIYE (TURKEY) II, 100 points or more (Chapter 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-30 3:41
Viewed: 8131
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This macro is taken about one month ago at Buyukada one of the prince Islands in Istanbul.I couldn’t find correct ID until know and wrote the general specifications of butterflies.Hope you’ll like it.
Infos From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Rhopalocera

· Superfamily Hesperioidea:o Hesperiidae· Superfamily Papilionoidea:o Papilionidaeo Pieridaeo Nymphalidaeo Lycaenidaeo Riodinidae
A butterfly is a flying insect of the order Lepidoptera belonging to one of the superfamilies Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (all other butterflies). Many butterflies have striking colours and patterns on their wings. People who study or collect butterflies (or the closely related moths) are called lepidopterists. Butterfly watching is growing in popularity as a hobby.

The four stages in the lifecycle of a butterfly
Unlike many insects, butterflies do not experience a nymph period, but instead go through a pupal stage which lies between the larva and the adult stage (the imago).
· Egg
· Larva, known as a caterpillar
· Pupa (chrysalis)
· Adult butterfly (imago)
Butterfly eggs consist of a hard-ridged outer layer of shell, called the chorion. This is lined with a thin coating of wax which prevents the egg from drying out before the larva has had time to fully develop. Each egg contains a number of tiny funnel-shaped openings at one end, called micropyles; the purpose of these holes is to allow sperm to enter and fertilize the egg.
Larvae, or caterpillars, are multi-legged eating machines. They consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. As they mature their skin is shed several times.
When the larva has eaten enough it will form a chrysalis. The larva usually moves to the underside of a leaf. To form a cocoon it spins a silk-like thread around itself.
The adult, sexually mature, stage of the insect is known as the imago. As Lepidoptera, butterflies have four wings, but unlike moths, the fore and hindwings are not hooked together, permitting a more graceful flight. A butterfly has six legs; the larva also has six true legs and a number of prolegs. After it emerges from its pupal stage it cannot fly for some time because its wings have not yet unfolded.
Butterflies live primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies are also pollinators
Camera Model: Canon EOS 20D
Shooting Date/Time:6/5/2005 11:51:59 AM
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ):1/250
Av( Aperture Value ): 11.0
Metering Mode:Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: +1/3
ISO Speed: 400
Lens:100.0 mm
Focal Length:100.0 mm
Flash: Off
AF Mode:One-Shot AF

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It's a great detailed colourful capture.
Such an amazing macro with a great focus, composition and POV. Blurred BG is wonderful here.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-30 3:56]

A lovely shot Sebnem,
Excellent composition and POV,beautiful colours and perfect DOF.
Superb oof background colours.
I'm not 100% sure without my book but it looks like a Painted lady butterfly.
Superb,well done.

Hello Sebnem

Great POV. Excellent light and detail. Nice subject. Very good colours with awesome dtail. I love the OOF BG. Nice work. Thanks.

Hi sebnem - very good composition of a Vanessa cardui. Beautifull colors, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-30 4:32]

Superb shot Sebnum. Excellent macro, with brilliant colours and patterns showing. Very well done. It is SO good.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-30 5:12]
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Lovley shot Sebnem, very nice POV and a fantastic looking speciemn. The DOF and focussing is very good. What happened at the front of the flower?

(You may be aware, but I'll point it out anyway, you have a couple of grains of dust on your sensor, you can see their shadow just below the flower)

Well done! :-)

hello Sebnem!
What great colours! Just amaazing. I love this beuty!

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Teknik ve estetik olarak her şeyiyle çok başarılı bir fotograf. Kutlarım sizi. Elinize sağlık.
Yanlız fotografta üstteki mavimsi bölgede ve alttaki yeşil bölgede bazı ufak lekeler görüyorum. Objektifinizde veya makinanın aynasında sanırım toz zerrecikleri var. Temizlemenizde fayda var..:))
Selamlar, iyi çalışmalar.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-30 6:30]

Hello Sebnem,

A very beautiful and nice capture. The BG is very nice and oof. Colors are superb and details are sharp. The flower looks a bit surreal. Other than that; a striking image. Well done & TFS!


Hello Şebnem!
Very nice colourful post.Yes,flower is a bit surreal as Pieter says.Are you beginning painting?;)
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-06-30 7:02]
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The guy's abouve told it all!Perfect!!

Wonderful photo!
Amazing colour,excellent composition.

Hello Sebnem,

Very beautiful picture full with colors.
Très belle photo pleine de couleurs.
Composition: ****
Contraste(Sharpness): ***
Couleurs(Color): ****
PDC(DOF): ****
PDV(POV): ****
Note: ****
Beautiful work. TFS.
Beau travail. Merci


hello :)what a beauty shot:) great colours and exellent DOF:D I admire both:) flower and this beauty madam butterfly:D exellent:)


Beautiful picture, Sebnem.
Great colours, very good composition and POV.
Very good BG and details
Excellent work.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-30 7:54]

Hello Sebnem,
I like this cute butterfly, you did a nice composition, colours & light are great, dof + pov perfect,

Very nice shot!


Great shot Sebnem!
Perfect POV and composition, great colours.
The flower looks a bit unnatural, but the rest is perfect.
I like it very much.

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.
Very colorful. Excellent work.


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-30 9:31]
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Fantastic shot. Perfect composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. TFS

Beautiful Sebnem,
Wonderful capture, excellent detail, colours, composition and exposure. POV and DOF are perfect. Superb shot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-06-30 14:16]

Linda borboleta! Composição excelente!
Cores, contraste e nitidez tudo muito bom.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-30 15:19]

Very good!
Excelent notes too!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-30 16:32]
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Merhaba Sebnem, cok guzel bir calisma. Harika renkler dve alan derinligi. Temiz geriplan kelebegin keskinligini arttimis.
Bulamadigin turleri bana yollayabilirsin. Belki yardimim dokunur.
Ellerine saglik.

Stunning clarity and colours Sebnem, the details here are gorgeous. Very good work.

A perfect OOF backround to show off this superb composition. Beautiful colors, and very sharp detail. EXCELLENT!


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-06-30 19:45]

Amazing shot Sebnem.The colors,details,pov,dof and bg looks perfect.Well Done.Elinize saglik.TFS
Buralari birakip oralarami gelsem resim cekmeye ne yapsam:)

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-07-01 2:05]
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Merhaba Şebnem , ışık kullanımı ve netlik harika. Arka plan çok iyi öldürülmüş ve renk doygunluğu mükemmel. Çiçekte bir miktar ışık patlamaları var gibi bunun üstesinden gelmek için PS ta shadow/highlight seçeneğini kullanabilirsin. Bu arada bu kelebeğin türkçe adı da Diken kelebeği (vanessa cardui), sevgiler.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-01 3:20]

First of all I like your title Sebnem! Photo is real gem. Great POV, composition, colours, light. Flower looks nice but butterfly much better!

Çok güzel bir macro.Özellikle netliği etkileyici.Tebrikler..Selamlar..

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-01 3:49]

Woooow !!! Awesome composition for this superb butterfly ! Good pose, great colors, nice BG, perfect DOF and details ! It is a pleasure for my eyes ! Congratulations Sebnem and thanks for sharing !!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-01 5:59]

Hello Sebnem, super close up , magnifique de couleur et netteté, félicitations Didier.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-01 12:25]

Sebnem, vivid and pleasant colors. Congratulations.

Great pov and composition, excellent bg.

A masterpiece.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-01 20:50]

Hello Sebnem!
Personal assessment of the photo: perfect, even with the OE flower and the dust on the sensor ;-)
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend!

Super sharp macro and great POV. Good DOF and I like the background. Well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-07-02 17:38]

yine fazla bir şey söylemeyeceğim... şahane olmuş...

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-07-04 14:42]
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Πολύ ωραία!!!
Χρώματα, λεπτομέρειες εστίαση εξαιρετικά
Μπράβο!!! (gr)

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-05 6:31]
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Superb shot Sebnem, did you used tripod for that? gosh, it is excellent shot, great colours, details, sharpness, DOF ... etc etc... perfect shot!

Wow... this is gorgeous...
The butterfly is wonderful, no sharp, the colours are so natural. Excellent focus and DOF.
A pity for the flower, but this is not that disturbing.

I'm sorry I mised this one my friend. Excellent sharpness, details, colors and light..Great OOF BG & colors also..I believe this is the painted lady butterfly. Very good work Sebnem!

Excellent composition here. The diagonal line formed by the stalk of the flower is excellent. Very good colours and perspective. Excellent work!

Beautiful shot of a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).

Hi Sebnem,
What a lovely composition and the blurred background is achieved to perfection. 11/10



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-09-21 7:29]

What a lovely shot!So coulourful,love the contrast of buttefly,flower colours.GOOD lighting,composition all perfect!TFS!

Bravo Sebnem perfect in all aspects, lighting, blurring, compo what else can I say that was not already said. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-13 15:34]

You did a great job on this one to. DOF is exquisite. Focus good. Shadow are excellent. The only ajustment I would do, is to darken the flower. It's to bright and stilling part of the attention we should put on the insect. Great shot and TFS
Sorry I couldn't rate your picture, I guess I've been to generous today. It's never to late come back and rate the next day ;o)

It would be difficult for me to decide in the crop, leave the wonderful BG or get closer those impressing details?
Just a joy to look at, Sebnem. The only little thing that disturbs me slightly is that the flower looks a bit overshapned, but not the butterfly which is perfect. I am sure a mask for separate USM would go well. Regards, Felipe.

Its like I've taken some acid...Far out!

Hello Sebnem,
He looks a little surprized. Wonders if it is worth taking another drink or better give a smile to the photographer lady. The flower looks a bit burned out but the details and note on the butterfly are fantatic. TFS

Hi Sebnem,
this is so beautiful, the wings seem to be transparent - the light is shining through - and all those wonderful colours, excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2006-01-03 4:25]

Hi Şebnem!
Wonderful close up.Details are very clear and sharp.Blurred BG,colors and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Very beautiful butterfly!

Hi, Sebnem.
Very beautiful picture! Well composed. Excellent use of DOF. Very sharp, with good details and colors.

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  • livia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 2 N: 9] (32)
  • [2006-02-06 3:29]
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HI Sebnem ;-)

Amazing quality. Beautiful colors and captivation. Perfect composition. I admire your gallery. Great congratulations ;-)



Wonderful close up. Colors, lighting, sharpness, clear details,framing, POV and composition are very good.Well done,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-12 8:08]

this is a amazing shot the sharpness and details are superb. POV and DOF are excellent, the motive is floating free from the back ground ist seems. Very nice composition.

Salut Sebnem
Superbe de photo de ce joli papillon,les couleurs sont ravissantes les détails sont très bien définis très beau cadrage
Bravo et a la prochaine....JP

Hi Sebnem,

Excellent shot.
Perfect light, exposute, composition, colors and sharp.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

So nice capture. Thank for shairing.


Great point of view, my friend!
Resulting in a well framed butterfly, and presented in this pleasant composition!
Take care Ana:)

Hi Sebnem, a very beautiful Madam Butterfly on a nice flower, great macro, wonderful details, splendid colors, perfect focus, great sharpness, interesting note, very well done, BRAVISSIMA ciao Silvio

Merhaba Sebnem another very well captured shot while checking your portfolio the details are awesome colours so Canli with a lovely background complimenting with nice colour tones. Excellent work. Ellerine saglik Selamlar Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-24 12:01]

selam sebnem
bu guzel ve narin kelebegi tam da beslenirken hem de baska bir ziyaretci ile birlikte cekmissin. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, arka plani, renkler, netligi ve detaylari harika bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

Hello Sebnem,
Interesting point of view and a very delicate image!
I love to see how nicely the light plays here, really bringing out the rich natural colours...
Excellent focus on the head, nicely blurred background!
Pablo -

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-11 13:46]

merhaba sebnem; hariha bir kelebek calismasi,renkler cok canlı, arka plan cok hos ,detaylar ve netlik cok güzel olmus eline saglik,tebrikler

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