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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300 4-5,6 APO
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-15 15:24
Viewed: 3484
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Since I didn't get out much this year due to health issues, I thought I'd upload some of my older shots from past years.

Here's a nice Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, a common summer resident of fields, prairies and meadows around here. Possibly the best-known American butterfly, it has now been spread to a few other parts of the world. In the Americas, these migratory butterflies spend their winters in a relatively small area in Mexico, spreading north into the United States and Canada as spring and summer advance. They lay their eggs on various species of Milkweed in the Asclepias genus. Their larvae eat the toxic plants and retain the toxins as adults, giving them some protection against predators which find them distasteful as well as getting ill from eating the butterflies.

According to Wikipedia: The Monarch was one of the many species originally named by Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae of 1758. It was first placed in the genus Papilio. In 1780, Jan Krzysztof Kluk used the Monarch as the type species for a new genus; Danaus. Danaus (Greek Δαναός), a great-grandson of Zeus, was a mythical king in Egypt or Libya, who founded Argos; Plexippus was one of the fifty sons of Aegyptus, the twin brother of Danaus.

I used a monopod to steady my camera when I took this shot. I used my Sigma 70-300 APO Macro at the full 300mm focal length. I shot at ISO 400.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-15 18:32]
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Hello John,
It's nice to see a post from you again, and this one is definitely a beauty. I love the exposure as the lighting looks so natural and shows off the lovely colors of the Monarch very nicely.
The vertical framing works out great and the focus is tac sharp, allowing us to see some fine detail in both the Monarch and the blooms. Super job!!
Hope you are doing well...

Hi John,

Lovely image of this beautiful butterfly in magical light. The sharpness of focus is very impressive and the bokeh very well engineered and contrasting to the finer featured of the insect and plant. Nicely done!



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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-10-16 0:24]
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Good picture of this Monarch in the yellow flowers, good color and very good light. Congratulation.

Ciao John, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

beautiful image of monarch butterfly. wonderful angle and framing. tfs.

hello John
super good sharpness composition on the flower
i like the beautiful colours very much
thanks greeting lou

Hello John
A beautiful combination of the butterfly with the flowers. The flowers are nicely positioned to balance the butterfly.
Excellent focus and detail, nice background.
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-17 11:25]
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Hi John,a spectacular capture of this beautiful monarch in a classic pose,i like the very perfect exposure for the best white points,great details and nice composition too whit these yellow flowers.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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