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Consul fabius cecrops

Consul fabius cecrops
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-18 18:49
Viewed: 3694
Points: 26
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Consul fabius cecrops (Doubleday, 1849)- Tiger-striped Leafwing

The history ...

Also on Tuesday, 12-Oct-2010, when I walking with my son ...
Arriving to a stream that crosses the road, my son noted the presence of this unusual butterfly in flight, and shouted: "Hey Dad look at that butterfly !"...

We pursue it for about 5 minutes but not rested anywhere! I knew it's a kind of butterfly very rare, and I remembered I had seen before, but never allow me make a shot.

Finally the butterfly settled on a leaf up to my waist, almost in the edge of the forest surrounding the creek... I almost dropped my compact Canon by nerves!...

ISO 200, no sunlight, no zoom, with camera in hand at 1/80s, f/3.2! I forgot to use flash! .... total chaos! ... just two very bad pictures and fly away! ... A real disaster! ... ha ha ha... (You can see the picture without post-processing in WORKSHOP).

But I kept the photo, I know will be very difficult shot again this butterfly!

Today, after nearly a week reviewing websites, I found the ID of this strange nymphalid!

Obviously, I wanted to share with you in TN this rare butterfly. Them I started to do "much post-processing" to the picture that I found better! (Below, before the EXIF, you can view details of the post-processing done. I hope will be useful)

Still a bad picture, but for me is almost a trophy! ;)

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Consul
Species: fabius
Sub-Species: cecrops

Size Wingspan: 30 to 40 mm. Sexes similar.

Identification: At the apex of the forewing is a light yellow stain. The costal margin above the discal area and even the marginal area is a yellow transverse band. Basal area including part of discal cell and up to around an orange stripe. The apex of the wing is falcate. Hind wing orange, with the distal margin below the apex, dark brown with four yellow spots.

Range: Mexico to Bolivia

-Obviously, cut & crop, in PhotScape.
-+25% back light filter, in PhotoScape.
-Reduction to 800 pixels whith cubic interpolation in GIMP.
-Background selected for noise reduction - Using GIMP filter DCAM noise 2 0 64. Whith all variables in default exept: Filter radius (set to 0.8 for minimun blurred and avoid "destroy the leafs and convert this in rare green spots") + Lockahead set to 10.00 + Edge Erosion set to 0.00.
-Butterfly and leaf selected for 35% sharp (GIMP)
-Film grain remover filter for "green color" 15% (GIMP)
-General balance setting to +8 bright and +6 contrast level.

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Picasa 3.0
Exposure Time: 1/79
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 7300/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-10-12 15:40
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 298 kb

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Hola Jesús
we are neighbour today. a nice meeting.
not only for us, but also for our butterflies.
this is very beautiful and interesting wing shaped species. you nicely captured it on green leaf, with nice sharp focus and POV. light using and coloration also very nice as like composition. gracias y saludos amigo

This is a beautiful shot by any standards, Jesus.
Very nicely presented!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-18 21:07]

Hi Jesus,
Excellent photo of this Butterfly, great presentation, TFS!

A very interesting butterfly with leaf like wings.
Good capture with good details.

Well that's certainly is not the easiest angle to capture details on the butterfly wings, specially when some bright sky spots are visible on the photo, but you did manage to do it well friend Jesus. Bravo, overtaking challenge like this one is not the easiest think in the world. Good warm colors under the bluish shadows, good dept of field and sharpness. What a wonderful creature of the mother nature?! Fantastic notice and well explained technical data! Bravo again!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-19 0:59]

Hello Jesus,
Very nice photo of this wonderful butterfly. Good sharpness and natural colours. Excellent composition and DOF.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-19 1:59]

Hello Jesus,
Beautiful photos and excellent contrast, color and sharpness with a great POV.
Beautiful details.Best regards Siggi

hi jesus
your son is a good spotter
nice shot fine details good macro

Ciao Jesus, eh si, qui un po' di flash ci voleva, ma ti capisco emozionarsi di fronte a questa rara bellezza è normale, sarebbe capitato anche a me, grazie per avber postato questa magnifica fsrfalla e complimenti per come hai migliorato la foto in PP, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jesus,
bella ripresa di questa farfalla , perfetti dettagli e la luce soft. Bravo. Ciao Paolo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-19 9:44]

Ciao Jesus,una specie incredibile ed un lavoro eccellente in un terribile controluce,sei stato davvero fortunato ad incontrarla...ho letto le note..ehehe....buona serata e grazie! Luciano

Ciao Jesus. Meravigliosa creatura in ottimo dettaglio. Perfetta la gestione del controluce.


Hola Jesus

Otra mariposa que no conozco, parece que le hayan chamuscado las alas, por esa tonalidad tan oscura. Ha quedado muy bien realzada tras la vista del taller que te quedó muy oscura, buen punto de vista y foto excelente.

PD. no he saturado la foto, son colores naturales, solo le ha dado algo de brillo, pero es que tienen unos colores fuera de serie, pondre alguna más, antes de que les den por borrarlas, ya sabes por que, pero no lo refiero por si acaso....

Un saludo de Antonio

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