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Pretty but poisonous

Pretty but poisonous
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-05 21:10
Viewed: 3331
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Most predators have learned that the monarch butterfly makes a poisonous snack. The toxins from the monarch's milkweed diet have given the butterfly this defense. In either the caterpillar or butterfly stage the monarch needs no camouflage because it takes in toxins from the milkweed and is poisonous to predators. Many animals advertise their poisonous nature with bright colors... just like the monarch!

From http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/monarch_butterfly.htm

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-05 21:40]

Very nice composition. Excellent well-saturated colors. Nice low POV.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-05-05 21:45]

Hi Angelina,
Beautiful shot. It is sharply focused and well composed. You resisted the all too common trend to center the butterfly in the frame. That would have been a much less interesting composition than the way that you did it. You might consider making it just a little bit lighter.
TFS, Joel

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-05 22:02]

nice composition good DOF but the butterfly is a bit dark

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-05-05 23:53]

Nice capture of the tounge? sucking nectar from the flower. Focus and color are terrific. I never knew they were toxic.

Hi Angelina,
nice composition, great colours and focus .
have nice week end

Your composition here is quite good, but there appears to be some digital noise in the shot. I'd also suggest brightening up the colours a bit to make it pop out some more.
I did a bit of a WS, so you can see what I mean. Enjoying the E-500?

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-05-06 4:29]

Hi Angelina!
Pretty butterfly, great colours and definition. Excelente composition,

Well Done,
Best Regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 14:59]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful shot of this Monarch with great colours and details. Nice pose on the yellow flower. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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