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Red-banded Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak
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Copyright: cecilia lazzaro (cecilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-28 22:08
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Sorry another Red-banded Hairstreak...

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Especially common in the coastal southeast, the Red-banded Hairstreak becomes sparser in the mid-Atlantic states and the Ohio Valley, and is merely a visitor further north. The flowers of the host plant and of other sumacs attract the adults as nectar sources. Especially active at dusk, these butterflies lurk among leaves until disturbed.

description : 3/4-1" (19-25 mm). Brown-black above, pale iridescent blue patches near tails on male, covering much of HW above on female, sometimes also on FW base. Gray-brown below with bright jagged tricolor banner of white, black, and red, with flame-red innermost and broad on both FW and HW; between 2 tails biggest HW spot more black than red.

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Very nice side view of this hairstreak Claudine! Great lighting and background. I'd be tempted to crop out a bit of the blur on the far left though.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-28 22:23]

Hello Cecilia

A very sharp ,clear image of this hairstreak.The DOF and POV are well handled and the colours are well saturated.It stands out well against the lovely blurred BG.TFS


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-28 22:40]

Hi Cecilia,

Very artistic and beautiful composition! Pretty much perfect...;-) I really like how you framed this one with the flower providing the left border. Detail on the butterfly is super!



Hello Cecilia,
Beautiful composition with great sharpness and exposure. Nice blurred background. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-28 23:18]

Hey Cecilia,
lovely POV and composition,
nice details making it a great image :)
Cheers :D

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-29 1:50]

Hi Cecilia,
Fine capture of a beautiful hairstreak new to me.
Easy to say afterwards, but this shot would have been perfect if you had a smaller aperture and sacrificed the speed.
Nevertheless, If I had taken this shot I would have been very pleased.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-29 1:50]

Hello Cecilia,
Beautiful image of this interesting hairstreak, I particularly like the composition and the colourful pattern wich you're showing so clearly. Lovely gentle background too.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Cecilia

Very nice shot. Love the composition. The colours are subtle and easy on the eye. TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-29 2:09]

Hello Cecilia,
outline and colours and thus the beauty of this small butterfly are well elaborated. The focus plane is just on the wing surface. The dopth of field could be a little higher so that structural details of legs and antennae would become clearer.
Best wishes, Peter

Beau mélange de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-29 2:31]

I really like the composition and the colors in this shot, Cecilia.
The details are sharp with good exposure.
Excellent DOF and beautiful colors in the BG.
TFS. : )

Hello Cecilia, bellissimo scatto, POV eccezionale, ottimi i colori e la definizione,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-29 3:06]

Hello Cecilia,
Magnificent close up.I liked POV,simple BG,crisp clear details,lighting,colors and visual impact a lot.

Hi Cecilia,
Great shot, nicely capturing this beautiful butterfly. Great sharpness and very neat BG. Well composed picture and nicely framed.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Cecilia,
Good shot; soft BG, beauty butterfly, DOF, compo, presentation are excellent.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-29 4:08]

Hi Cecilia

Another superb capture from you!
This is such a beautiful butterfly presented here in an amazing composition.
The contrast between the colors of the butterfly and the BG on one side and the ones of the flower on the other is what i have to say i like the most. Great work here!
Also the POV and DOF are impecable, the details are very clear and sharp and the lighting is very well managed.
Excellent framing and composition...as i mentioned already :)
Bravo and TFS

hi cecillia,
what a lovely shot,
very well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
excellent details captured,
well saturated colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-29 5:24]

Hi Cecilia,
Wonderful presentation of the Red-banded Hairstreak. Great harmony of colours, nice neutral background.
Best regards

Beautiful specimen and well captured. Interesting POV.
good sharpness and compsoition.

Hi Cecilia,
Another excellent one too. Very beautiful colors and light. Nice sharp detail. I think it looks great!

Bonjour Cécilia

Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-29 9:31]

Hi Cecilia.
More elegant work of art I have not seen. BRAVO and my congratulations.
Thinnest and lightest paints, aerial and transparent illumination, extremely well detailed and colored butterfly, delicate flowers. Once more BRAVO.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-29 10:31]

Me gusta la suavidad y textura de esta bella imagen, el encuadre y pov. me gusta tu estilo... saludos Cecilia

Magnificent image, Cecilia. Great composition with the flowers. The subject is very well delineated with natural colors and sharp details.
TFS and take care.

hi cecilia
apres la grenouille c'est au tour du papillon d'etre dans une situation risquée,belles couleurs la netteté est bonne malgrés un dof assez etroit.

Anothe but even more beautiful. Great composition, beautiful homogenous buckground. Great sharpnes.
Best wishes

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-29 12:59]

Another success Cecilia with a quality macro.

I like it a lot: composition, sharpness, color, POV, DOF (although for the bottom of the scene, I believe that it could have been deeper), focus, lighting, background, framing.

I like it: frame (too thick), notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Great presentation... thank you.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-29 14:24]

Wow!!! Qué magnífica fotografía!!! Sensacional en todos los sentidos. Me encanta. Muchas felicidades.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-29 14:41]

Hi Cecilia,

What a great close up, great pose, POV and the composition is beautiful with the border of Flowers on the L/H side, nice details with lovely colours.

TFS Hilary :o)


very nice framing,
lovely focus,


Hello Cecilia,
fabulous capture of "wing rotating" at a very extended stage, a behaviour hair streaks seem to show off to enhance the appearance of false head wing endings with tails looking like legs or antennae in combination with eye spots.
Superbly well balanced subtle colours, perfect details, and very a strict, aethetical composition. The wonderful falloff in sharpness on the flowers to the foreground completes the result of great beauty and harmony.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-01 0:35]

Hi Cecilia, a very beautiful shot of this splendid butterfly! This is lovely, the colours and details are great. Well composed too. TFS

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-01 14:18]

Cecilia, another great capture.

Excellent pov, composition and bg.

I like exposure on the whites.

Hello Cecilia,
Your pic is so clean...I like the portrait mode used, the flower's parts looks so delicate.
The POV, DOF, exposition works great.
I like a lot also your presentation.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-06 13:18]

Hi Cecilia,
As usually coming from you, this is a very aesthetic picture. Composition, colors, details, light, pov, ... Great!
TFS, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-12 7:08]

Hello Cecilia,
oh what a beauty, a lovely POV and the details are nice and sharp. I love the colors combination in this wonderful composition.
Very nice work.

Hello again,

Here is another great capture from you! It is very well presented in the same frame that I found so elegant. And again you used the left third of the picture to compose the shot. I like this very much! The plain neutral background and the empty space above the butterfly add to the composition lots of appeal.
There are two subtle things I found on this picture:
* The first one is the way you used the wide aperture to create a shallow DOF. It not only gave you this superb background, but also created this nice effect in the flowers and conveyed depth to the picture.
* The second one is the way the orange-brownish color balanced the whole picture. I love to find the same color tones in both the butterfly and the flowers. It is the same thing painters do in order to blend all the elements into one work of art.
Overall, an excellent picture with a great presentation and very well documented! Thanks!

With Best Regards,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-15 5:46]

what a beautiful shot! great focus and details. very well done. tfs

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