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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, 60-69 points (Chapter 3), Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 12:06
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was walking along one of the lake trails about 10 days ago when I noticed a small patch of wild sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). They were mostly in the shade. Soon a beautiful male Gulf Fritillary fluttered by and landed on a flower that had reached a small pocket of sun. It looked as if the butterfly was in a spotlight.

I am trying to improve my photography and get as much from the camera and lens as I can, so I appreciate a strict critique. If you see weaknesses in any of my photos, I hope you will point them out to me. It seems that a recent trend on TN for many members is to only praise, but I love suggestions for improvement also.

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae):

Identification: Upperside bright orange with black markings; 3 black-encircled white dots on forewing leading edge. Underside brown; forewing with orange at base; both wings with elongated, iridescent silver spots.

Life history: Males patrol for females, who lay eggs on many parts of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on most parts of the host. Adults overwinter in the south.

Flight: Throughout the year in south Florida and South Texas, January-November in the north. Number of broods has not been determined.

Wing span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (6.3 - 9.5 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Various species of passion-vine including maypops (Passiflora incarnata) and running pop (P. foetida).

Adult food: Nectar from lantana, shepherd\'s needle, cordias, composites, and others.

Habitat: Pastures, open fields, second-growth subtropical forest and edges, city gardens.

Range: South America north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States. Wanders north to the central United States; rare northward.

Source: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1664

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/1600s
ISO = 800
Focal Length = 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-07-14 12:27]

hi ken.
a wonderful pivture in perfect lighting.
wonderful .

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-14 12:40]

Hi Ken.
Wow.Fantastic colorful capture of this little butterfly in big blossom :-).Precise sharpness,wonderful saturation of colors,beautiful composition,great POV,amazing pose,superb BG....excellent.I like it so much.Congrats my friend.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Ken
I just arrive here and not specialist for macro photo.
The sharpness is impressive in your picture. Beautifull light and colors.

Hello Ken.

Excellent picture,very good details and colors,
Greay composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-14 13:47]

Hi Ken. This is an excelent picture, the detail and colour is first class. sharp focusing, a very nice POV and DOF. very well done . great notes , thanks.
Nick. have a nice sunday.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-14 13:54]

Fine capture of a Gulf Fritillary...Magnificent detail of the butterfly and the out-of-focus flower emphasizes the sharpness of the image...The colors of the wings are surrealistic, almost as if painted on...Very well done...TFS

Lovely image here, Ken,

Great job!


hello ken,
stunning sharpness on the butterfly, great details and a good choice of DOF.of course a beautiful lightning,and shiny colors.like it !

Hello Ken,
Very beautiful image; outstanding light.
Well composed.
Well done

Hi Ken,

Excellent shot
Superb compo and colours combination
Focus and lighting are PERFECT
Good POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

Hi Ken,
Beautiuful, I do so much like how the butterfly is hightlighted by the sun, beautiufl close up shot. Excellent details and color. TFS

That butterfly is lit up beautifully Ken! You found some great lighting here for your composition.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-14 16:43]

Hello Ken,
Lovely capture, the butterfly is very sharp and well focused.
Excellent markings, great POV and composition, the flower and the butterfly are in perfect harmony
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

I think this looks about perfect. With the lighting and background it could almost be studio posed. With ISO-800, I'm surprised there isn't more background noise. I have backed off to ISO-640 because of noise. Well done. Reid

Wow Ken,
You were in the right place at the right moment. A superb capture here, very impressive. The light of course is magical. Such wonderful detail. Wow, again.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 18:56]

Hello Ken

Wow,what a fortuitous beam of light.The shot is amazing.The clarity is excellent with awesome lighting effect,and well saturated colours.This shot has a lot of visual impact,and creates a special atmosphere.Very nicely composed.TFS


This is a very sweet photo Ken.
Nicely composed and lit.
Wonderful color and pleasing BG.

Hi Ken.
What a colourful. outstandingly composed shot with great subject you have created. Bravo. It is true masterpiece from next you. Amazing colour palette and passages from light to dark, great spot lighting and superb sharpness of the terrific butterfly and blurriness of the charming flower. My congratulations and best wishes.

hi ken,
very nice capture, lovely colours, sharp image with good details, the flower and the butterfly looks great against the multicoloured dull bg, the effect of light on the petals look very nice,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-15 2:15]

Hello Ken,
Terrific shot!! Wonderful light, beautiful colours, great sharpness and a fine soft background. Brilliant composition!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Beautiful composed shot with great details,lovely colours,very nice pov and dof,well done

Your lighting is different in this shot. I like it! It's almost as though a spot was shone on the butterfly. Great colors and composition but the lighting is just awesome!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-15 8:07]

Hi Ken,

A beautiful picture of the butterfly in the sunflower. The lighting is perfect! Wonderful rich colors and excellent details. Perfect background and a lovely composition.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-15 8:45]

Hi Ken,
Really wonderful colours and composition and a lovely photo. Sharpness, pov, dof, background, colours saturation,... everything is fine here.
TFS, José M.

Hello Ken,
great composition with good exposure and focus!
good photo

Hi Ken,
Fantastic close up very sharp with great colors
well composed and POV, well done TFS. Best regards/lawhill

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-15 11:23]

Hi Ken,
stunning image, I especially like the POV and the colors in this composition.
Sharpness, details and DOF are wonderful. Very well done.

Hi dear Ken ,
excellent work.
great details with amazing colours.
BG is very nice too.
A perfect capture
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-16 8:00]

Hi Ken,
Fantastic shot of this beautiful Fritillary sitting on this majestic sunflower. Such rich and vivid colours and very sharp details with a spot-on focus. Rightly said, the lighting seems like is a spotlight and it presents a tremendous effect. The smooth BG highlights the subjects well and you have captured it with an excellent POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Una escena maravillosa, cuando como aquí la belleza es insuperable...
Magnífico tu trabajo y tus otras imágenes Ken.
Enhorabuena por ellas, JL.

Hi, Ken,

this is very beautiful!!

Man Yee

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