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This one is for you Ken

This one is for you Ken
Photo Information
Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-07 6:16
Viewed: 4164
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Butterfly For Ken

This picture is a dedication to my friend Ken Slade (Ken52) who lately developed a special interest in butterflies and insects. He enchanted us with his colorful and beautiful pictures and quickly learned the skills one needs to posses in order to take outstanding macro photographs. His continuously improving skills can also be seen in the well conceived, detailed and helpful critiques he writes. Keep doing the great work my friend!

Photo Location:

I took this picture on the beautiful Agios Gordis Beach in Kerkyra, Greece. The weather was fine, clear sky, almost no wind and the atmosphere was kind of hazy, sometimes with invisible horizon line. The temperature was about 42 degr. Celsius.

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Tribe: Heliconiini
Subtribe: Argynnina
Genus: Argynnis
Species: A. paphia

The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories.

The Silver-washed fritillary is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54-70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines.

Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species. Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar's food source (in this case violets) but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets.

When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening it will drop to the ground and feeds on violets close to the base of the tree. The caterpillar usually feeds at night and usually conceals itself during the day away from its food source but during cool weather will bask in the sunny spots on the forest floor on dry, dead leaves . It will make its chrysalis amongst the ground vegetation and the adults will emerge in June.




ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/200 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.60
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
SceneCaptureType - Standard

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- selective sharpened with high pass filter;
- saturated;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

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Hello Eduard,
Very good work.
Well composed. eautiful butterfly is well displayed for eample through the excellent light.
Well done

Bonjour Eduard
Très belle composition, excellente gestion de l'exposition et angle de prise de vue. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Excellent shot, nice POV and details.
Good soft light.

Hello Eduard
Excellent shot of this Fritillary with a great dedication,
Great focusing,lighting and sharpness,
Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hi Eduard,

Great shot
beautifull composed
excellent sharp detailed
Superb POV and colours

TFS Thijs

Hello Eddie,
At first I am sorry for the "I'll be back". I was to tired in the late evening to write something more :)
And really my comment to this photo will not be to long :)

1. Composition. As always very interesting. Not symmetrical and that is good :)

2. POV - rather classical but well, natural :)

3. DOF - in great part of picture very good, only the ends of wings are out of focus but I believe that you did the best to keep entire butterfly body as sharp :)

4. Nice contrast between species and BG. I like that BG is not totaly black but natural.

5. The frame. Well, really I have to say that this part of picture I do like not to much. It makes a little to big contrast with the rest of photo (especially that it is white). Maybe it would be a good idea to use a little narrower frame? But of course it is only my opinion :)

And last but not least, great dedication to Ken!
Have a nice day and all the best!

hello eduard,
nice dedication, ken must be pleased to see this lovely dedication, very sutable pov giving exposure to open winged beauty, sharp image with good details of the insect, liked the composition, colours and the contrast,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Eduard,

Splendid macro with too much good detail


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-08-09 4:33]

amazing! great presentation: image and note! it's like 3d image! nice composition and pov. tfs

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-09 9:48]

Hi Eddie,

WOW! What a suprise. I am honored because I know your background in graphics and art and I have so much respect for your abilities and knowledge.

I cannot critique a dedication to me except to say that I love it for the beautiful composition, the perfectly saturated orange (my favorite color), and most of all because you achieved so much detail and definition/texture in the butterfly wings.

Thank you my friend from the heart of Europe.

Best Regards,

Dear Eddie,

your well chosen low point of view is presenting that male Argynnis paphia in a most beautiful, dynamic pose. Perfectly well managed light and a depth of field that allows the see the while butterfly in clear details, and the plants in the background in perfect smoothness. There is a very pleasant poetical touch in your image. Excellent notes, well written, perfectly structured. And a nice dedication to our friend Ken.

Thank you! My best regards,


This is so beautiful again Eduard! It is so nice to see this beauty with its wings wide opened and those superb details and composition. This environment and exposure are wonderful, great job :) Thanks,

Salut Eduard,

Un fluture pe care-l pot in suflet din copilarie. Nu stiam cum se numeste (Argynnis paphia) dar are un colorit pe fata ventrala, ceva de vis. O fotografie foarte reusita, Bravo.

Numai bine, Cezar T.

Hi again
Another very good capture. Well composed but the background is not perfect like on the picture of podalirius ;-D
Anyway - thanks for sharing


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-24 6:22]

Hello Eduard,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful Fritillary in a fine pose against the interesting background with the crossing flower stalks. Lovely colours and very sharp except the wing tips that are a little soft. I like the composition very much!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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