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Splendid Ochre

Splendid Ochre
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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: 2008-03-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-06 4:11
Viewed: 5006
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Splendid Ochre (Trapezites symmomus) a large-bodied skipper from the family Hesperiidae with a 42mm wingspan.
These guys fly fast, really fast and then they just stop and rest, motionless. Somehow I was in the right place at the right time when this one just stopped on a fern frond next to me.
Unfortunately, it was overcast and I didnít have enough speed to give the DOF I wanted. But I think its good enough to post.

This species is found though coastal south-eastern Australia, though populations are very localised and in the Sydney region only found between December and March. The larvae feed on large rush-like herb Lomandra longifolia. Males defend groups of larval food plants in the morning and evening, extracting energy from nectar wherever they can find it.
Iíve posted this species before, way back in 2005 under its old name of ( Symmomus Skipper )

Info: Braby, M.F. 2004 The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia
Herbison-Evans, D. and Newman, S. 2008 (Butterflies from Around Sydney )

uleko, darwin, xTauruSx, meyerd, Juyona, SelenE, pekkavalo1, Dis. Ac., siggi, zulfu, maurydv, red45, Luis52, marhowie, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hi Chris, brilliant shot of this nice lookin moth, great POV, light and BG.
Well done


Hi Chris,
Very fine macro with great colors and details, good compo and BG
well done
TFS and regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-06 5:09]

Hello Chris,
Another brilliant close-up of a Skipper! This on is very beautiful with its large patches of 'gold' on the wings. Great sharpness and good light and colours. I like its pose on the leaf too. Very nice!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Chris
Beautiful composition with crystal clear detail and lovely natural color tones
tfs jon

Hi Chris, a superb and splendid close-up shot of this ochre. TFS. Regards,

Hi Chris,
its a skipper all right in all its splendor. They hold their wings "skipper fashion" all over the world, and I wonder why they do it. It may have to do with fanning out sex attractant or with increasing visibility or whatever. This is an excellent quality portrait, by the way but you are of course an experienced hand.
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-06 9:55]

Hola amigo,
preciosa macro,
bello pov, detalles y estupendo foco...
buen trabajo,
saludos Chris.

Hi Chris,
Amazing close-up of this Splendid Ochre. Looks like its wearing shades. Excellent composition and POV, very nice sharp details, good lighting and colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-06 11:13]

Hi Chris,
Focus, sharpness, lighting, POV, color tones, details and composition are very nice. TFS

Hello Chris,

Very good macro shot.
Nice pose, good details and beautiful colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-06 11:44]

Hello Chris,
It surely is good enough to post. It's a photo in excellent sharpness. The details are wonderful. Light and colours are very beautiful. Composition and POV are fantastic.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-06 11:46]

Ciao Chris.
Excellent and detailed macro. Good DOF and beuatiful colours.
Best regards

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-06 12:14]

Hello Chris, perfect shot of this beauty. TFS. Regards,

Stupenda macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con effetto tridimensionale, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, bellissimi i colori: Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-06 13:30]

hi chris,
great macro shot,soft light, nice colors. I like dynamic compo with blur BG.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-06 13:33]

Same subject today :-D
This is an excellent photo!
The soft light is wonderful and has conserved all the detail.
Very sharp and clear.
Lovely colours.

Excellent work!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-06 15:42]

Hi Christ
Beautiful image.Cristal clear with excellent detail.Colors are lovely amd I also like the mice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-06 23:05]

Hi Chris!

Perfect macro of this small skipper. Oh yeah, now I read that it isn't so small :-) Sure thing - it is Australian skipper :-) Anyway - very high quality and interesting subject. I like especially eyes and patterns on its wings.

Hi Chris.
Excellent painting, looks back very good, colours and super sharpness!
I greet Robert.

Hi Chris
Superb macro with excellent sharpness and nature colors
Well done

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-07 8:56]

wow! fantastic shot! amazing close-up! so focused and full of details! very good dof! tfs

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-07 15:32]

Hola Chris.
La pose es ideal para este hermoso Macro, que lograste con exenete nitidez e iluminacion. Finos colores y muy buena nota escrita.
Saludos Chris.

Excellent image Chris,
The POV, color, detail, and soft even exposure looks outstanding..
We tend to get hung up on the DOF thing in macro.
But here everything looks so good I don't think anyone will ever notice.
I'd fix the title is all :)

Hi Chris,
that's a very attractice image: the "speedy" pose, the perfectly placed focus on head, wings in front, and the edges of leaves while the rest of the image is gradually dipped into pleasant softness. Very pleasantly soft colours in the dim light, too, with the image's most distinctive contrast at the target.
With thanks, and best regards,

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