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Mexican Hat Dance

Mexican Hat Dance
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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: 2007-06-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies, workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 8:28
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an American Painted Lady dancing on a Ratibida columnifera ['Mexican Hat' or 'Prairie Coneflower']

Also known as the Mexican Hat, the prairie coneflower is a wildflower found almost all over the US. It is a perennial, native to the US, that grows to about 3 feet in height. It is often cultivated along the roadsides as it is drought tolerant and easy to grow.The Great Plains Indians brewed a tea from the leaves and flowers of this plant. They used a decoction of leaves and stems to treat poison ivy and rattlesnake bites and took an infusion of the plant tops to treat headaches and stomach aches. (disclaimer: I don't advise you to try any of these though!) source: http://flower-fest.blogspot.com/search/label/Flower%20festival

Proframe, mikou, jmirah, SkyF, jonathan_hart, jaycee, haraprasan, gracious, Ken52, eqshannon, nglen, fiyo, Luis52, lawhill, Little-white, uleko, phlr has marked this note useful
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Hello Angelina
Lovely image of the Painted Lady.
The saturated colors of the flower and details in the wings of the butterfly are very beautiful.
Sharpness, clarity and exposure are spot on and the soft color tones in the BG are wonderful.
Only thing I personally would have changed is the composition.
There is quite a lot of empty space on the left side wich does'nt add to the image.
I did crop a part of that side for you.
Hope you like it.
Have a great weekend, Harry

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-22 8:52]

Hi Angelina.
Beautiful capture with great pose and very nice position of this butterfly on flower.Perfect sharp details on drawing on his wing looks amazingly against superb blurry BG with warm colors tones.Great macro work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Angelina,
a lovely picture of the Pianted Lady.
Fine details and good DOF, the butterfly standuot well from the BG.
The POV is also good but I agree with Harry about the compo and he did a nice WS.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-22 8:56]

Hello Angelina,
Beautiful close up.POV,blurred BG,clear details,exposure and framing are wonderful.Excellent work!

Beautiful capture...Excellent detail and POV...Very well done...TFS

Hi Angelina, Very well composed, detailed colourful picture with a clear BG.

Good work, Regards, K

great title nice focus good composition with the folower nice colors good DOF

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-22 9:32]

Hello Angelina,
beautiful composition, the details are stunning and the OOF BG does show off this beauty so well.
Beautiful colors and the DOF ist spot on.
Great macro work with sharp details and wonderful presentation.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-22 10:01]

Hi Angelina,
Wow.......outstanding shot of this Painted Lady. Superb earth colours and patterns on its wings and immaculate sharpness. Excellent POV and DOF. The BG is so special. I like the overall compostion with the beautiful flower petals providing a nice balance. Kudos.

hi Angelina
very nice composition, good DOF, the butterfly is beautiful, and the flower too, never seen that kind of flower, nice one!

hi angelina,
very nice capture of this beautiful butterfly, the dof has resulted in very nice bg, lovely colour tones, sharp image with excellent details,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Angelina,
Well composed image. Blurred BG is effective...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-22 11:32]

Hi Angelina,

This is beautiful!!! I'm not sure which I like more - the plant or the butterfly. They go so well together. Fantastic colors - excellent details - beautiful background - and a lovely composition.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-22 11:50]

Angelina, Very well shot and sharp and clear. the frame and the POV is very good. TFS Ganesh

Hi Angelina,
What beautiful patterns it has got. Both the subject and the flower are beautiful. Informative Note. Excellent color and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-22 13:13]

Hello Angy,
Fine shot with a great title. This is a first class shot with excellent sharpness and BG though the composition would have been better as Harry suggests. Though this American Painted Lady is a little worn, the details show up very well and the colours are just right.
TFS and have a nice weekend;

Hello Angelina,
Superb captured of this beauitifl lady indeed!
good sharpness with colour and perfect details that comes with right pov too.
great work
thanks for sharing

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-22 14:57]

WOW! Focus is razor sharp! The details are perfect with just the right edges (see antennas). Very nice detail on butterfly wings. Excellent exposure as well. I like your choice of title. DOF is outstanding and that is very pleasant blurred background.
Note: There are two very similar butterflies: Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). This one is actually the American Lady. It has two large eyespots on wing rather than four small ones. It also has white dot in orange portion of forewing. The Painted Lady does not. Here is good reference.

How did this one slip by me? I do not know. It is wonderful; the catching of the robber baron....Colors are vibrant...encore!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-22 16:08]

Hi Angelina. a very good shot of the Painted Lady. great colours and finr detail . with anice POV and DOF.very ell done TFS.
Nick.. good notes to.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-22 19:30]

Hello Angelina,
Very nice close up.POV,lighting,details,colors,exposure and framing are wonderful.TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-22 21:16]

Hi Angelina.- WOW what a nice Macro you have here. Like the colors and de exelent pose. Nice name too. Saludos Luis52.

Hi Angelina,
Fantastic shot, perfect composition
very sharp with natural colors, the batterfly looks wonderful over the BG.
TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-23 5:56]

Hi Angy,
a great shot of this butterfly.
Good DOF and composition.
Well done,

Hello Angie,
a perfect DOF, the flower & the butterfly are absolutely clean and sharp, and the BG an ideal tapestry on the wall. A lesson on macros.

Hello Angelina,
A fine capture of this lovely butterfly!
And you let him land on this interesting flower, the combination is unbeatable...
Excellent colours & details, subjects are well framed and presented in a dynamic compositiopn!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-24 9:39]

Hello Angelina,
Very fine capture of this pretty butterfly on the beautiful flower. ALl details sharply in focus and lovely colours. I like the low POV and the composition is excellent.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Angelina,
Great title for a fantastic picture. I can actually see the sombrero your dancer is circling around. The quality of the image turned out exceptionally nice. The pattern in this species is very beautiful, I love the brown tonal pallete. :)

Hello Angelina.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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