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The big butterfly

The big butterfly
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths, Butterflies, Butterflies in Brazil, Insects in Brazil, Nature in Patos de Minas (fauna and flora), Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Insects in Brazil - the saga goes on, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up, Beautiful Butterflies, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-27 5:56
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Favorites: 11 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was trying to get an action shot of a butterfly, and the settings of the camera were ready for that. I got some action, but I didn’t like any picture. Maybe someday I’ll post one of them as a missed shot.

Since my intention was to capture a butterfly flying, I had to increase speed to get nice details. I could have increased the depth of field, but by doing this I would not get light enough. I also could have increased ISO settings, but a high ISO in my camera (which goes up to ISO 400) produces “noisy” pictures. ISO 50 was used here.

Thus, although I didn’t enjoy the action shots, this “still” picture seemed enjoyable to me. Besides, for a long time I've been trying to shoot this species.

A little more of depth of field would have been better, mainly considering the size of the butterfly – it was a big one (its wingspan has approximately 12 centimeters). If it were smaller, maybe the depth of field here would have been enough.

Shooting this species is very difficult. They remain just some seconds on the flower. In most of the times, as soon as one gets focus, they fly away. Because of that, it’s necessary to “chase” them persistently before getting some picture. Besides that, while on the flower, they flap their wings too quickly. So if one wants to “freeze” the movement of the wings (and this was my intention), one needs a high speed.

That’s it. While I was taking the pictures, I could listen to a guy which was in a bar saying something about some beautiful blue butterflies. I intend to go back to the place soon and get information about the whereabouts of these butterflies…

In order to check another photo of species above, a shot by José Vladimir, please, refer to www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Brazil/photo9618.htm

thiagobr, Junim, LordPotty, JeanMichel, PDP, pompey, gerhardt, willie, elroyie, rlortie, liquidsunshine, Lesley, Luc, ellis49, hummingbird24 has marked this note useful
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-27 6:31]

Excellent macroshot! This is perfect! Razorsharp details. Straight into my favs. :)

Just perfect Livio! I love everythings in this photo - subject, details, sharpness and the most importand - wonderful summer scene. Thank you very much for it!

Caramba!! Lívio que foto linda!! Nossa olha você tá acertando em cheio nessas fotos de borboletas, estão lindas!! Parabéns mesmooooo!


Beautiful capture of this swallowtail butterfly. Good POV and nicely oof bg. For 2.8 the DOF is excellent.

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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-02-27 9:24]

Excelente foco!
Destaque do fundo desfocado.
Bela foto!

Just perfect Livio.Its a favourite for me too. Brilliant work!

One of the best butterfly shot on the site, Livio. This is beautiful all the way long (light, colors, DOF, pose and POV). You're right when you mention the difficulty of these shots. This one is really a success...and a favorite!

Terrific shot Livio as usual. Simply perfect

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-02-27 10:56]

Great picture os a swallowtail livio!

The colors are perfect and the detalis are good too.
Just one thing too bad that the flower is cut and we dont see all of the flower.

Great picture anyway


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-02-27 12:18]

Livio zdjêcie rewelacja.
Pierwsza liga, fantastyczna ostro¶æ, fantastyczny kadr, fantastyczne kolory.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-27 12:30]

Ok Livio - this is I think best shot of butterfly on TN. Not only perfect quality but also great pose and moment. Superb job!

Great post one of your best so far.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-27 12:45]

Gorgeous shot Livio, I can't believe this is F2.8! You got the focus sharp in all the right places. Colour and composition great as ever. Well done.

Great shot!
It was no doubt worth all your efforts. I think it is simply perfect and I would not change a single thing.
I love it.
Very well done!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-27 13:36]

Brilliant picture livio, great colours, background and clarity.
Very nice!
Thanks for sharing.

Coidada diagonal, ao límite, moi bo aproveitamento do f/2.8, boas cores e unha luz moi cálida, boa aproximación, parabens.

WOW! 100 points Livio. This is a great shot. Exceptional macro work. Well done. No nits.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-27 15:22]

Congratulations on your best yet Livio. Your images get better all the time. Absolutely brilliant

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-02-27 15:42]

Hi Livio, excellent shot. Very good colors and sharpness. I got two very little nits, first; if we could see the whole flower, second; space on the left is a bit much IMO.
But very very well done

Excellent colours and superb composition, this is a perfect butterfly picture.

Colors, sharpness and composition: all perfect. Another great pcitures of yours Lívio. Parabéns!

This is a spectacular shot Livio,
Everything about this shot is perfect, It has to be a favourite.
Thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-27 19:44]

Livio, une de tes meilleurs. Je l'envoi tout droit à mes favories. Les couleurs et les détails sont parfait et réelles. FÉLICITATIONS !

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-02-27 20:09]

Simply super! Love it!

Shocked...!!!....My Grats../ light, colours, Go// perfect

fantasticamente linda a foto, o fundo desfocado deu um realce ótimo e o foco ficou absurdamente nítido, parabens

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-02-28 13:54]

Amazing shot,flower&butterfly you captured good details.Perfect POV.I give 11/10.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-02-28 14:04]

Hi Livio. Very nice macro.
Great moment you have captured.
Great composition, very well sharpned and exposure.
I like it very much.
Well done.

Great macro Livio.
IMO this is your best. Excellent POV, colours, compostion and details. The BG very nice OOF.
Great work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-01 12:01]
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What I may say otherwise a perfect work?
But I cant understand how you can have a perfect DoF at F/2.8. I am missing sonthing here too!
Thanks Livio.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-01 12:21]

well Livio,
It seems that I miss this fantastic shot from you,the composition is realy fantastic, the pof is great too, I think this is one of your best butterfly shot till now, great colours, great job

Wonderful crisp, detailed shot. Colors are exceptional and as always, a masterpiece appears. TFS

Esta tua foto está EXTRAORDINARIA !

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  • tambaki (172)
  • [2005-08-29 16:17]

Una vez mas clavaste la foto, muy buen contraste, nitidez y el color del fondo realza la mariposa, fico bem legal, parabens!!!

Perfect DOF, color and composition. A most amazing macro, well done!


You may have frozen the action, Livio, but you definitely obtained a wonderful shot. Very nice capture. Wonderful sharpness, clarity, dimension. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Livio!
Wonderfull macro! Beautiful colors and light. Perfect shot and composition! Great work!
TFS ;-)

great picture, the natural light is good, TFS Ori

Hello Livio.

Excellent picture, very god details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Wonderful picture! Great composition and nice vivid colours.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-02-02 23:17]

just beautiful!
amazing colors and light!
great focus and details!


Well forgive me for not seeing this one sooner Livio, this is a spectacular image that is well takened. I have not seen your participation for a long time and would love to hear from you if your still around. I can only imagine that you have a treasure full of gem photos tucked away since you have departed. Well done my Brazilian friend. :)

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