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Gulf Fritillary On Sunflower

Gulf Fritillary On Sunflower
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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, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 12:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a dorsal view of the Gulf Fritillary with wings spread. This photo was taken at the same time as previous post. Butterfly was in light shade. I used ISO 800 and aperture of f5.6. In hindsight, I am wondering if I could have gotten better DOF if I had used aperture of f8.0. But then, I don't know if the shutter speed would have been fast enough to get the sharpness I wanted.

The Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of from 6 to 9.5 cm. Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots. It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Fritillary

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/200s
ISO = 800
Focal Length = 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-16 12:20]

Hi Ken,

This is an amazingly beautiful shot of the Gulf Fritillary on the wonderful yellow flower. It is as close to perfect as one can come. Glorious colors, excellent details, beautiful background and a wonderful composition.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-16 12:37]
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hi Ken,
if I had been a little faster we would have had our images coast at coast. Seriously this image is a true shandy of colors, clearness is superb, the impeccable pov.


Hello Ken,
Shutter speed is fast enough to me for the sharpness you wanted!
even the clarity on the flower is perfect!
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

Hi Ken,
that's such a wonderful arrangement with brilliant colours, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excelente colorido y contrastes. La forma de la mariposa en combinación con la de la flor crea un efecto óptico muy agradable. Excelente ! Saludos Ken.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-16 13:43]

Hi Ken.An excellent butterfly shot. its shows the markings so well . the detail and colour is first class. sharp focusing and a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Wow Ken,
This is a superb image of this great looking Butterfly on this lovely bright yellow Daisy. The quality of the image is exceptionally good. Impressive.

Hi Ken,
Perfect portrait great details and colors,
beautiful composition the flower is adding
the right touch, KUDOS. TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-16 18:19]

Hola Ken. Una belleza de Macro. Colores muy agradables sin saturacion y gran nitidez. Saludos Luis52.

hi ken,
beautiful post, well saturated colours, very good sharpness, the contrast between the bg , the flower and the butterfly is very nice, good point of view,
well done,
tfs & regards

HI ken ,

A perfect macro shot ,A very good shot with details and composition. The BG & the flower makes this butterfly stand out clearly ,A wonderful capture this is.



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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-16 23:05]

Hi Ken, besides it being a wonderful sharp diagonal composition with great detail and an overall great shot of this butterfly, the colours alone are awesome. I love these contrasts you have with the rich orange, yellow and greens.

Thanks, John

Hello Ken,
Great point of view, resulting in a different and attractive composition!
Macro work is well done, good textures and fine patterns reproduced...
Attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-17 2:07]

Hello Ken,
This is a real beauty! You present the Gulf Fritillary in all its glory on the yellow flower with superb sharpness and emphasing it against a fine neutral green BG. Great diagonal composition too.
Fine shot!
Thanks for sharing this one,

As usual, a beautiful shot! :) You always do great work. I wish I lived close enough to go out with you one day on a photo excursion and watch you. I could learn a lot.
Great colors - love the boldness and richness. Wonderful sharpness. Good details. Lovely shot.

Cool shot Ken

Good angled composition and an attractive butterfly. Good sharpness, OOF background and DOF.



Great job.
Love the framing.
Beautiful colors.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-17 8:15]

Hi Ken,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Gulf Fritillary. Very neat and sharp details with lovely colours and fine focus. The bright yellow sunflower adds fabulous tone and the smooth BG highlights the subjects well. There is an effect of glow on the subjects which looks fabulous. Excellent POV and DOF and a superb composition. Kudos.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-07-17 17:50]

Hi Ken,
Very nice colour and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-18 5:15]

Hi Ken,
Superb capture of this beautiful butterfly embraced by the beautiful yellow flower. Great sharpness, lovely colours and a very fine green background too. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Very sharp and colorful. It sounds as if you would like to improve it, but I don't see why. :-)

Ditto on what Angy said. Too bad we can't all go to the butterfly exhibit in Callaway or something.

Well done,

Hi Ken,
Beautiful compo,
Very clear details,
Colors and sharpness are superb,
Well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-18 8:20]

Hola Ken,
bella macro,
hermosos colores,
escena agradable...

Another sweet image of this butterfly Ken.
So colorful, well lit, great contrasting Bg.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-18 11:16]

Hi Ken.
Superb colors in this your beautiful capture of this pretty gulf fritillary.Wonderful combination of colors butterfly/blossom/BG.Very nice POV and precise sharpness with perfect reproductions details of textures on his wings.Well composed this your amazing presentation.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

The quality of this shot is superb. Colours,details and presentation....all so good.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-19 10:05]

Beautiful colors and great composition...Flower and butterfly really stand out nicely against the blurred green BG...Informative note...TFS

Hello Ken,
Beautiful image. Nice colours. Well composed.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-19 19:46]

Hello Ken

Beautiful colours,and nicely composed.The clarity is very good with sharp details and spot on focus.Nicely done.TFS


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-22 18:55]

Hello Ken,

Very good picture with a great POV having the butterfly over the flower like this! Exposition is great (not easy with yellow!) and the colors looks very natural! Great blurred bg enhancing the scene!

Great job and TFS!


Hi Ken,
Excellent capture with great coloration, details, sharpness and composition. POV and DOF nice. good notes. TFS
well done

Hi Ken,
Beautiful shot of the butterfly..love that bright yellow and the orange. great details! TFS

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