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Australian Painted Lady

Australian Painted Lady
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Beautiful Butterflies, Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 5:47
Viewed: 4529
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) looks superficially similar to its relative from the northern hemisphere. It is quite common through much of eastern and southern Australia, but avoids the arid inland and tropical north western third of the continent. It frequents a range of woodland and open forests.
It flies though most of the year, only being absent in the southern part of its range through the middle of the Australian winter (June-August).
This one was taken in the lower Blue Mountains west of Sydney near Terrace Falls. It is feeding in the nectar of Tick Bush (Kunzea ambigua).

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-13 5:55]

Hi Chris

What a splendid capture! This Australian painted lady looks very much like our European one :)
I really like the POV and perspective here! Also the DOF is very well chosen and the exposure is spot-on, giving you all these wonderful colors and tones.
Very clear and sahrp details, as well, nice framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Chris ,
very nice shot.
very well done.
beutiful colors and sharpness and nice composed.
thanks for sharing.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-13 6:08]
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Hi Chris,
Excellent capture of the Australian Painted Lady, one that we missed when we were in NSW.
You might have sacrificed the speed to increase the DOF, but having said this, you focussed just right and I like the contrast with the BG. A fine presentation.
TFS, regards, Ivan

hi chris,
what a lovely butterfly you have posted here,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-12-13 6:49]

Very nice photo of the beautiful butterfly. Perfect DOF and POV, I like details and beautiful colors too. TFS Jan

very clear one Chris,
very nice painted lady, the pov is good the details are fine and the dof is good, well seen and well done.
gr. jaap

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-13 7:21]

Hello Chris,
Wonderful shot of this Painted Lady wich looks pretty much like the one we see here. We spent November last year in NSW but we saw very few butterflies then but I loved to see all the flowering bushes like this one! Pretty sharp, wonderful colours and a nice composition.
TFS, Ulla

Hellow Chris,
Magnificent capture of this painted lady. The composition of the photo is perfect, as is the focus on the butterfly. The colors are lovely, too, the orange in the wings wonderfully contrasting against the green background.

Hi Chris. A nice POV with a good perspective. It's always difficult to get a good shot of a feeding butterfly because they dance around as they feed..However the positioning here is excellent..Good shot!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-13 9:09]

Hi Chris.
This is excellent shot.Very nice composition.I like fine sharp details and amazing colours.Very pretty light too.Very good POV,DOF and blurry BG.Great work.
Congratulate and TFS.
Regards Milos

Nice shot with great colors and details.
I like the framing and POV.
Congrats and TFS!

Hi Chris,
Very nice natural colors and settings. Sharply focused and well exposed picture. Thanks for sharing this splendid image.

Delightful image, Chris. The specimen is so fresh and unspoilt. However, the credit goes to you for capturing it so beautifully. Everything is perfect in this great shot.
It being summer in your part of the world, you must be having a great time shooting wild life!

So beautiful, Chris, it's a wonderful butterfly and a pretty and sharp arrangement, I like it so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Chris,

Excellent capture
Superb compo, details, colours, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-13 15:19]

Hi Chris,
This is a great composition and pov. Nice colours and sharpness.
tfs paula

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-13 16:11]

Hello Chris
Magnificent shot of this marvellous and rare Vanessa. Wonderful composition and very nice color. Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hola Chris,
Bonita y agradable composición, gran enfoque con buenas texturas. Saludos cordiales

Hello Chris,
Thanks for sharing your lovely photo. :-)
This photo is a beautiful shot you've captured great moment!
Nice pose of butterfly, delicate details and perfect DOF, specially, I love this POV.
Well done, Chris.
Best wishes,

Salut Chris
Très belle photo que ce beau papillon . Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails sont supers et très joli BG et de belles couleurs .
Merci et au revoir ....JP

Hello Chris,
Fantastic quality shot - in fact it amazes me how similar are all the painted lady species around the world (Asia, Europe, Americas). You can see all them here on TN. It could be a nice thing to study by taxonomist....
Best greetings,

Hi Chris

Good shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-12-14 17:05]

Hi Chris,
Beautiful capture!
Great composition, very nice colours.
Very well done!

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