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Scarlet Mormon

Scarlet Mormon
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-11 3:45
Viewed: 4268
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scarlet Mormon

The Scarlet Mormon is the largest of these three species with wings from one tip to the other measuring 5.5 inches. The males are a deep velvety black with areas of scarlet between the black wing veins near the body in both the fore- and hindwings. The hindwings also have scarlet circles with black centers near the margins. The females also display areas of scarlet near the body and have scarlet circles with black centers near the margins of the hindwings. However, the number of these circles is less than that in the male and some are reduced to half circles. One female morph has grayish scales between black veins in the forewings accompanied by a bold patch of white in the hindwings. Another female morph (P. r. semperinus) has no white area in the hind wing, but displays a continuous pale red patch from the lower margin of the hindwing to the leading edge of the forewing.

The above obtained from http://www.reimangardens.iastate.edu


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 9:30 a.m.
Date: 9th December 2006
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 310mm
ISO: 400
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
Great sharpness, very fine details, and very nice blurry BG. Colors are amazing.
Well composed and very nicely framed.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Very nicely done Pam. Good colours and detail. I spent all day yesterday inside a tropical butterfly house as well... outside the weather was awful!

Hi Pam,
Real beauty, showing beautiful wings in full. Composition, sharpness, color saturation are great. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-11 4:53]

Just stunning Pam. A beautiful butterfly beautifully displayed by you.

hi pam,
lovely butterfly,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
excellent bg,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Another super shot Pam, this is a very attractive species.
Great compositin and sharpness with good neutral background.


great colors and I love the angle,
nice pov, dof, and a pleasant bg for the shot,
nice job,


Hi Pam,
This photo is so beautiful!! You captured very nice moment with excellent details, superb DOF and POV, even colours.
Thanks for sharing your lovely photo.

Hi Pam,
Great BF capture.
Beautiful macro work.Colors,point of view and sharpness are amazing.

Beautiful Pam.
The color & exposure look great. Very good sharpness & detail. I like your comp as well.
I did a quick WS, hope ya don't mind :)
Have a great week!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-11 9:07]

Hello Pam,
Great composition and POV. Colors are so beautiful. TFS

Hi Pam,
this is a beautiful picture, the colours and contrast are very nice. The DOF is good too, the entire subject in focus and the BG nicely blurred and clean. Sharpness and exposure are spot on. IMO one of your best butterflies.
Beautiful work.

Hi Pam. Great shot! Indeed one of the best butterfly house shots I have ever seen. I have lots myself which I will get around to once the outdoor stuff is done, but it will be hard to match this. There's great compo; excellent bg..Fine colours. Well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-11 9:57]

Hola Pam, buen disparo y original pov. y agradable encuadre, bellos detalles y colores, saludos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-11 9:59]

Hello Pam,
Magnificent close up.Colors,simple BG,details and composition are excellent.

Hi pam,
Good image; great compo and colors...
Beautiful scarlet.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-11 10:08]

Hi Pam

Another splendid butterfly from you!
It amazes me what you can pull off with such a big zoom lens :)
Anyway, the composition here is exceptional, the DOF is impeacble and teh colors are more than great and very well saturated.
Also the sharpness is impressive, the level of details fantastic and the light very good.
Bravo, TFS and have an excellent week!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-11 10:50]

Hi Pam,
what an stunning composition, the focus is fully on this graceful butterfly. Excellent BG colors, mind you the BG could use a little softening. POV, details and sharpness are perfect.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-12-11 11:31]

Hi Pam,
Great composition and details,
Excelent work. TFS

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-11 13:37]

Hi Pam,
Very colourful shot, with excellent composition and sharp detail. IMO, the grainy BG makes it even more attractive.

Hi Pam, the same things of precedent, wonderful butterfly, lovely composition, optimal focus, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors, well done, ciao Silvio

Hi, Pam.
Nice butterfly again. Very good focus and sharpness as well as exposure. Nice colors and good POV.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-11 16:54]

Hi Pam,
Lovely butterfly and excellent composition.
TFS, José M.

Hi Pam
C'est superbe prise que cette belle presentation ,les couleurs et la netteté sont très bonnes et la composition est superbe et félicitation pour to BG.
J'apprécie tes beaux papillons et celui-la entrein de se gaver de nectar de cette belle fleur en est tout un.
Au revoir et merci pour le partage....JP

Hi Pam,

Beautiful shot of a lovely butterfly
Good sharpness, colours and POV
lovely compo

TFS Thijs

Hi Pam,
Very nice capture. Just perect DOF and the technical side of things is hard to fault.

Very nice work amazing detail and your composition is perfect great contrasting background very well done best rgds Necip.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-12 2:58]

Love the colors and the composition on this one, Pam.
TFS. : )

Hello Pam,
This is a very impressive shot. This pose you caught is so nice. Details are very good with excellent exposure and composition. This is superb! I would probably have clean-up the BG with Neat Image but it is still a wonderful capture with excellent colors and again, amazing details. Well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-12 8:21]

Another excellent macro my friend with great compo, clarity and focus.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: *****
Note: *****

A great post to add to your portfolio.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-12-12 23:34]

Hi Pam,
Beautiful image!
Excellent composition, great colours and sharpness.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-13 0:11]

Excellent butterfly macro. I can see lots of clean sharp detail. The exposure is perfect to produce true beautiful colors. The composition is outstanding with a great neutral background.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-13 15:03]


Perfect focus, colours, DOF, POV and details





Hi Pam,

Great details, lovely colours, composition is very good, perfect framing.
I'd love to go back to photographing butterflies and would like to come back to TN one day and post a photo of similar quality. :)
Thanks for sharing the image information in all of your postings. It is helpful for the rest of us to learn.

Hi Pam,
perfect shot. Reduced to just three precisely focussed elements in front of a well fitting distant background.
Well balanced classical composition.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-17 16:41]

Hello Pam
Wonderful picture with a very beautiful composition. Very well framed and very useful information also.
Best wishes

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