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Brown Clipper Ready for Take-off

Brown Clipper Ready for Take-off
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 17:08
Viewed: 4225
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Parthenos sylvia philippenis – The Brown Clipper
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Country: Malaysia and the Philippines

This is the Brown Clipper I saw at Butterfly Creek. These butterflies come in many colour variations. They can be brown, bluish, green, yellow or orange. Those from the Philippines are brown and cream in coloration. In comparison, the butterflies from Malaysia are a bright blue or green colour. Size between the wing tips are 6-8 cm.

This one is brown and cream. No matter what colour they are, they are still considered the same species, though the species from Malaysia is called a subspecies; Parthenos Sylvia lilacinus. The larvae of this butterfly feed on two different plants in the family Passifloraceae, Modecca sp. and Adenia palmata. The translucent white forewing patches and dark markings are characteristic. It also has a distinctive black and orange striped abdomen.

This magnificent butterfly has a rapid gliding flight and usually settles with it wings opened. It is very approachable and is one of the easiest butterflies to photograph in Butterfly Parks.

Usually they dwell in forests, where they fly under the crowns of trees. Sometime the butterflies gather in great amounts on damp riverside sand. Their flight is strong, they can glide long distances with characteristically spread wings – forward and down. They warm themselves in sunlight sitting on branches at the height of 3-10 meters above the earth.


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fantastic macro!
the POV and atitude of the insect are really unusual and colours ans DOF are perfect!
what can I say more...? WOW !
TFS Janice!

Hello Janice,
Lovely shot! The POV is superb as well as the framing. I like it a lot!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-20 17:31]

terrific macro-shot, janice! :-)
this reminded me instantly of a 747 take-off -
looks like he´s a bit heavy to get up in the air. *g*
excellent pov from almost underneath and nice composition.
well seen & captured, thor.

Nice presentation, good detail and exposure, well done.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-20 19:40]

Hi Janice
Beautiful detail and sharpness.Those eyes are amazing.I like the way you cropped and framed this photo.TFS


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-20 21:17]

Magnifique, Janice. Excellent focus en Macro, pose non habituelle d'un tel insecte. Vous avez su saisir l'insecte en photo juste au bon moment.
Belle composition et présentation. Merci.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-20 22:35]
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Hi Janice
Great stuff. An excellent POV in this nicely framed composition that did not waste any unnecessary space. Great colours, nice sharp details, and an amazing BG. Theres a little noise there though. Maybe it was brought on by the cropping since the ISO was at 250 and should not be the cause for it. However, it is no big deal as it is easily fixed in PP. By the way, did the camera choose ISO 250 or can you actually select that with the 300D.
Well done with the exposure as the darkish butterfly sat on the light coloured surface that threatened to explode with light, but I think you did well to contain it.
Good work my friend and TFS.
God bless.
Kia Ora
PS. How's your flu bug doing, are you over it?

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-20 23:15]

Hello Janice,

I like your title and your composition! The crop is perfect in my opinion... The blurred bg enhanced very well the insect. Maybe the white is a little bit OE in the left but still a great picture!!!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-21 1:24]

Bonjour Janice,
j'aime bien votre photo, bien sûr la qualité technique est bonne mais la composition en largeur est originale grâce au point de vue et la pose à plat du papillon.
Well seen and well done my Friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-21 1:59]
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Hi Janice!
Extraordinary, but very good POV. Details are great, pose and face also. Good idea with wide frame. I like this exotic beauty!

Did you saw Poland-Costarica? I hope you didn't :-) We won, but game was awful!

Hi Janice,
This one reminds me of the situation implied in your title!
Good point of view, with fine details in the butterfly...
Pablo -

Hello Janice!
Hey great pov here! Just wonderful! i like its legs and the pose of the beautiful butterfly! focusing, sharpness, colours, bg is great too! and i like the framing also! Exceptional butterfly shot! Superb post! Thank you!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-21 3:59]

Hello Janice,
Excellent macro.Details,framing and composition are wonderful.I liked especially POV a lot.

Hi Janice ! This buterfly looks very big, and it is really wonderful. I like the unusual POV. Excellent details and colors, even if the whites are a bit overexposed. Beautiful BG too, nicely blurred. Very well done !

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  • Donald (8)
  • [2006-06-21 4:54]

Hi Janice thank you for your welcome,a great photo of a beautiful butterfly I like your POV as it makes it look so big it is a very good macro shot,and a great note to go with it all, I will have to spend a long time to go through all you great photos. TFS

Hi Janice,

I really like this picture. You had this guy really posing for you! :-) Good focus, DOF and BG. Well done.


Hi Janice,
I really like this unique POV here. Spot on exposure with nice colors and sharp detail. Looks great!

my compliments for this one...wow...

nice composition, colours and it's very sharp!


Nicely captured Janice,
Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Nicely framed.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Fantastic POV show this butterfly off well. I try to shoot subjects that are not sitting next to a challenge lighting situation, in your case the white frame that it is setting on, its very reflective and takes from the subjects attention. :)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-22 9:40]

Very well done. I like the way you cropped it and the POV is so different. Well done.

Hello Janice great shot perfect details, Bg, POV DOF Great Jobm, TFs Kyle

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-22 18:20]
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Nice shot Janice! My only nit would be the very bright foreground. Other than that I like this shot.

Well done & TFS!


Ps-Are you still watching the worldcup? NL is through and plays Portugal this coming Sunday! :)

Hi Janice, great macro!
Deatils are super and compo is good, unusual POV.

Hi Janice,
Great composition.
Excellent focus on the eyes.
Details, colors are very good.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hello Janice,
Unusual butterfly capture.POV,framing,clear eyes are excellent.Thganks for sharing.

Hello Janice. Beauty capture of a brown clipper! Great POV, framing and detail. TFS!

Cool shot Janice,
I like the dynamic POV. Nice detail, color, and exposure. Nice framing as well.
Very well done mf!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-07-25 10:29]

Hi Janice,
brilliant detail and POV :)
love the way you have framed this image, great angle :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-13 3:07]

Hi Janice,
unusual b-fly, good captured. Nice composition and colours. Good note also. I like this work.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-13 7:15]

Excelente POV Janice... realmente.
No es fácil capturar imágenes de mariposas en esta posición, sobre todo con tanta nitidez.
Un atinado DOF permite que el fondo no interfiera con la visión del insecto.
Gran presentación... sin dudas.
Saludos cordiales... Ricardo

Excellent POV Janice... really.
It is not easy to capture images of butterflies in this position, mainly with so much clarity.
An accurate DOF allows that the background doesn't interfere with the vision of the insect.
Great presentation... without doubts.
Cordial greetings... Ricardo

... tomorrow

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