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Monarch with Lantana

Monarch with Lantana
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-26 12:59
Viewed: 4028
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
This is another Monarch composition with pretty lantana flower.
I hope you like it:)

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly. Since the 19th century, it is also found in Australia and New Zealand where it is also known as the Wanderer Butterfly. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands (except Lanzarote) and Madeira, and is found as a migrant in the Azores, Portugal and Spain. Its wings feature an easily recognisable orange and black pattern. The females have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released.

The Monarch is the state insect of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, and Texas, and the state butterfly of Minnesota and West Virginia. It was nominated in 1989 as the national insect of the United States, and is the national insect of Canada. The Monarch's name and color were also the inspiration for the name and home strip of the Michoacán-based CA Monarcas Morelia professional football team.

Many people like to attract Monarchs by making a butterfly garden, and other people like to raise them for pleasure or for educational purposes.
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Hi Chris!
You deserve accolades for this wonderful capture of a Monarch. The POV is just perfect and everything else that makes a great picture is in place here. I love its colors and also the composition formed by the butterfly and the lantana flower.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-26 13:54]

Nicely done, Chris. All the technical stuff is solid - color, light, composition, and focus. Only minor nit is I wish there wasn't a bright spot behind the 'fly, but it's really not very distracting.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-26 14:01]

Hi Chris,
excellent colours, POV, lighting and framing :)
no matter how many times you see the monarch, you never get tired :)
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-26 14:46]

Hi Chris,
We see lots of Monarch pics. on this site because it is a very photogenic butterfly and you have put this chatacteristic to full use in your shot, especially your comp. and use of colours.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-26 14:51]

Excelente captura con nitidez, buen POV y DOF.
Me agrada el encuadre y la composición general, incluyendo un excelente fondo.
Sólo criticaría los colores algo saturados o sobre expuestos como se aprecia en las flores de lantana.
Saludos... Ricardo

Excellent capture with sharpness, good POV and DOF.
I like the framing and the general composition, including a excellent bottom.
Only I criticize the colors something saturated or over exposed as it is appreciated in the lantana flowers.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Chris,
a wonderful and noble butterfly.
So brilliant and sunny colours, I like the light shining through the wings, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

another supurb post
was this from the garden?

very pretty..nice bright colors and nice sharp details.TFS
Donna :o)

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-09-26 21:38]

Hi Chris,
Great picture of this monarch. The wings are sharp, so we can appreciate the colors. Good composition.
Regards, Francois

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-26 22:56]

Hello Chris

A beautiful capture of this monarch.Nice DOF with lovely blurred BG.The flower really shows well and compliments the Butterfly.Nicely composed ,I really like that pose for the monarch as it shows off the wings well.TFS


Hi Chris

Very nice work. Love the composition. Good colours. Well done.

Hi Chris,
Superb macro work, my friend! You're getting better by the day...
Butterfly is well framed and presented in a fine composition, silky-crisp textures and with fine colours!
Pablo -

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-27 3:04]
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Agac minesine konmus, harika renk ve desenlere sahip ve ilginc de bir ismi olan sahane bir kelebek:) Tanistirdiginiz icin tesekkürler, mükemmel cekiminiz icin de tebrikler.
Elinize saglik.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-27 4:29]

Hi Chris

This is a splendid image of this very beautiful butterfly!
The vivid colors look really great, the POV very nice and the DOF very good. Also very nice is the lighting, the framing and the composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-27 5:26]

Hi Chris

Beautiful shot, perfect composition and POV, the details are lovely and sharp and the colours are just beauitful and so vibrant.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-09-27 13:51]

Selam CTP
Yine döktürmüşsün hocam,renkler,detaylar,sharpness mükemmel.Eline gözüne sağlık.TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-27 16:35]

Hi Chris,
Wondeful colors, light and details. A nice shot to see.
TFS, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-28 13:05]

hi ctp
wonderful monarch macro photo. blured background, point of view, lighting, colours, focus, sharpness and details are great. your note is useful also
thanks for sharing

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-29 4:41]

Hello Chris,
Magnificent butterfly close up.I liked POV,vivid colors,blurred BG and composition a lot.

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