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Don't drink and drive

Don't drink and drive
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Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 19:55
Viewed: 2935
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an other butterfly commun name Hecale
I been shot all this beautiful specimens at Butterfly
World, they claim to be the largest butterfly park in the world.
Butterflies feed primarily on nect ar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies play an important ecological role as pollinators.
As adults, butterflies consume only liquids and these are sucked by means of their proboscis. They feed on nectar from flowers and also sip water from damp patches. This they do for water, for energy from sugars in nectar and for sodium and other minerals which are vital for their reproduction. Several species of butterflies need more sodium than provided by nectar. They are attracted to sodium in salt and they sometimes land on people, attracted by human sweat. Besides damp patches, some butterflies also visit dung, rotting fruit or carcasses to obtain minerals and nutrients. In many species, this Mud-puddling behaviour is restricted to the males and studies have suggested that the nutrients collected are provided as a nuptial gift along with the spermatophore during mating (wikipedia)

+ inside the building can bring your camera but not your tripods or monopod, you have to hand held shot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-12 19:57]

Hi Lawhill,

Another beautiful capture. The colors of both the butterfly and the flower are marvelous. Wonderful details and a very nice composition.


  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-06-12 20:08]

Lovely butterfly image Lawhill.
Colors are wonderful and composition is excellent.
In my opinion flah was fired a bit to harsh and straight at the butterfly. Therefore not all details are as nice visible as they goeld be and ther are some tiny over exposed spots.
You could experimant a little by put the flash settings to 1/8 or even 1/16 power to get more soft lightening.
Nevertheless, I like the image anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-12 21:37]

Outstanding post! Stunning colors. The details are exceptional, especially the eye! You did an excellent job managing the exposure with perfect light everywhere (even the white). The composition is perfect. Bravo!

hi lawhill,
beautiful butterfly shot, well saturated colours, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-12 23:09]

Beautiful beautiful colors...Nice detail and POV...Well done...TFS

nice eye detail good colors nice focus interesting background

Hi Lawhill,
A beautiful capture. The butterfly is beautiful. Nicely framed. POV is excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Helo Lawhill , excellent colors and background , very sharp , TFS.

You're getting some wonderful butterfly shots lately! Beautiful! You really did an outstanding job - love the sharpness and detail in the eye. Good stuff!!!

A very interesting combination of colors, but it wasn't your choice. Is this one of the Baskin Robbins Butterflies...Comes in 39 flavors?:-)

I love the color and it comes through well. Nice border.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness..

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-13 11:00]

hello Lawhill,
A hilarious title, for the guy who is really lapping all that nectar up. A great closeup shot with splendid colours and details.Well Done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-13 11:05]

Hi Lawhill,
Another beautiful butterfly shot. Nice colour tones and very impressive sharpness. Excellent POV to portray it and a classical pose captured. I like its gorgeous eyes. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-13 12:56]

Hello Lawhill, I missed a couple of your photos, this one in particular is fantastic, excellent macro, the details and collors and the feeding of this butterfly ar amazing, great POV and composition..well done

Hello Lawhill,
This is a very nice little specie that you capture in a good pose and action with great colors, details and composition. I like to see it drinking like this :) Its eyes are amazingly clear! Thanks,

bonjour lawhill
ce specimen est vraiment tres beau et de plus vous l'avez bien presenté avec un bon POV et devant un BG bien flou.
belles et bonnes couleurs.netteté parfaite sur tout le papillon.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-13 14:09]

selam lawhill ; excellent shot of this butterfly, very good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-15 4:00]

Great capture of this butterfly with its proboscis IN the drink. Haha... Very apt title.
Great POV and beautiful colors.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-23 23:05]

Hello Lawhill

A beautiful butterfly captured in a classic pose.The focus and details are sharp.Wonderful colours.The composition is well done.You had a very good POV.I really think the detail and colours of the eye are very well done.TFS


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