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Little Yellow.

Little  Yellow.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 18:31
Viewed: 3669
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, Iam back to Macros again, wanted to see how a Sigma 105mm. Macro plus 1.5X kenko Tele works, and I also use a Nikon ring flash here on the face of a
"Little Yellow butterfly" (Pyrisitia lisa)

Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)
Subfamily: Sulphurs (Coliadinae)

Identification: Upperside of male forewing yellow with wide black apex. Hindwing with black border. Female yellow or white (rare) with black borders. Both sexes with small black spot in forewing cell.

Life history: Males patrol for females during warm daylight hours. Females lay eggs singly on midveins or between leaflets of host plant leaves.

Flight: Four-five flights in South Texas and the Deep South; 1-3 flights in northern part of range, from late spring to early fall.

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (3.2 - 4.4 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata) and wild sensitive plant (C. nicitans) in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Nectar from flowers in the aster family (Asteraceae) including goldenrods and asters.

Habitat: Dry, open areas including roadsides, sandy fields, abandoned fields, along railroad tracks, and occasionally open woods.

Range: Resident in Costa Rica north to South Texas and the Deep South; seasonally colonizes most of eastern United States and west to eastern South Dakota, central Nebraska, and eastern New Mexico.


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hello Luis

excellent macro shot, fine POV and vertical framing,
excellent luminosity and wonderful colours of the subject
and with a all dark background is doing great contrast,
excellent sharpness and details and a great eye-contact
of this insect with you, TFS


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-16 18:58]

Hi Luis , what a great macro , it is beyond me how folks manage to get such a head on close up , great photo thanks for sharing it

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-06-16 19:32]

Hi Luis,
This is a very interesting macro shot. Very good focus exactly where is the most important - the eyes of the insect. You manage very well the shallow DOF. Colours and exposure are also good. TFS
Regards, Mario

Lovely macro, Luis!very nice exposure, too!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-16 19:40]

Hi Luis, I like this photo shot from an unusual, but effective perspective giving emphasis to the amazing insect eyes. Excellent detail and color! Very nice black background which really makes the yellow pop!

Hola Luis,

I was expecting a bird photo from You but this shot is great as well. I haven't done a lot of macro work in my 'career' but I might give it a try sometime. Photos like yours make the idea of shooting macros more inviting. Great work my Friend. TFS.

Best Regards,


Great shot. The pov showing the eyes in this angle is excellent. May be the underparts are a little too bright, but overall the picture looks fantastic. Also good dark bg.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-16 22:50]

Hi Luis

A lovely macro - great composition with a striking pose!


Hallo Luis
Wow this is a real close-up. Not just a tiny one. A real big and glamorous one. I am sure if I start counting I'll be able to tell you how many fine hairs are there on this insects paws. The detail of your photo is really stunning. This is a wonderful example of a good macro shot. Focus is spot-on. Thanks for sharing. It was most enjoyable to look at.
Kind regards

Hello Luis, a superb macro capture of this Little Yellow butterfly from frontal plan with excellent clarity, great DOF and POV my friend. TFS.


Bellissima macro, spettacolare POV, molto bella la composizione (personalmente avrei preferito se possibile una perfetta simmetria), ottima nitidezza, belli i colori e il contrasto creato dalla luce flash. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Luis,
Hey, this is not a bird!
Good to see a macro from you, nice change of pace..
Well composed portrait, great detail. The sulphurs yellow stands out very well on black, looks great :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-17 7:06]

Hi Luis
Excellent macro.Good POV and very sharp image.Details are masing.I also like that dark BG.
TFS Michel

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-17 8:52]

Hola Luis,
eyes look crazy :o)) I liked the expression you captured, frontal POV, contast, colors, background and the details. Gracias y saludos,

Very heavy geometric posting and additionally an intriguing depth of field combined with heavy colour offsets...A one of a kind image..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-17 10:28]

Hi Luis.
Amazing POV and wonderful symmetry of the cute butterfly. Superb flash work and DOF. I like so creative approach for photography. Well done and kind regards.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-17 10:44]

Hi Luis,
What a superb PoV..the lens works wonders to your subject here.The colour is amazingand the luminocity is quite interesting.The PoV is exceptional I like the pair of eyes that is very keenly looking at you.Very effective composition.
TFs & Cheers

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-17 11:03]

Hola Primo.

How in the world do you get close enough to get a shot like this???? The resident bunnies stay still for me but nothing else. You captured an amazing pose - eyes are fantastic. I love the position of the legs. Good work!


Hola Luis,
Super macro especially on that two eyes, excellent!
best head on pose that I don't usually see on butterful image!
just perfect
muchas gracias

Hi Luis, Perfect shot and clear detail and great pose...Standing like a king . Interesting information...Thanks to share...All the best,regards,Leyla

Eres tremendo Luis, en cualquier tipo de fotofrafía tienes un gran gusto, buena ténica y si a esto le añadimos originalidad, nos da como resultado este frontal de mariposa que impresiona, dándole una magnitud insólita. Excelente el enfoque a la cabeza . Buen equilibrio y acertado encuadre: fantástica !!
Por aquí sí, todos bien, pronto todos juntos ya que tengo un hijo conmigo y el otro por Italia; si aprueba todo lo tendré por aquí en un par de semanas. Es pájaro de altos vuelos jeje.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-17 14:08]

Hola Senor Luis, this is fantastic, the butterfly looks like an extraterrestrial! I love the beautiful lighting and the bright yellow against the dark background. The lines of the wings make a superb composition, captured with skills and an eye for nature. Mucho Gracias!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 14:21]

Brilliant macro, Luis!
What lovely yellow colouring and great light.
Striking contrast from the flash and black BG.
Superb sharpness and clarity.

Well done,


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-17 22:45]

Excellente vue inhabituelle. Bien vu.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-17 23:23]

Hello Luis This is superb view. Lovely composition and beautiful eyes captured and focussed well. Ganesh

Hello Luis,

Excellent POV and focus on the head. Good light and colours. I am not a big fan of the pictures where you cannot see the whole insect, but it is well realized.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-19 1:00]

Hi Luis,
Outstanding shot of this butterfly and a fantastic frontal POV to show a fine perspective. Great visual impact and the image is tack sharp with lovely colours. You really have put that lens to good use. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-19 3:14]

Hi Luis - brilliant image - I love your front-on capture of this butterfly. It looks quite alien

Hi dear Luis ,
Wonderful macro with nice BG.
focus is excellent.
Very well done


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-27 11:45]

Hola Luis,
original e interesante macro,
logrado pov, y buen bg,
mañana sDq. saldremos de fotografía para el norte de la isla,
saludos amigo, gracias por visitar mi web, espero mejorar y poner cositas nuevas,
saludos Luis.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-07-03 20:56]

Hola Luis.

Que buena toma esta en macro, los ojos se lleva la foto,una muy buena captura con un excelente contraste oscuro.Buena nota.


Hi Luis,
Amazing photo!!!
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Well done and good job!!!
TFS Malgosia

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