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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *2, European Butterflies 7, Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-15 5:00
Viewed: 5139
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Polyommatus semiargus (Rottemburg, 1775)

Mazarine Blue
Violetter Waldbläuling
Modraszek semiargus
Modráčik lesný
Modrásek lesní
Falsa Limbada

Wingspan : 30 – 35mm

Distributed through temperate Asia into Central Europe, northern Spain, Italy, the Balkan peninsula, and southern Scandinavia, the Mazarine Blue is a common sight on alpine meadows and can be met in two generations from May to September. Its caterpillar's feeding plant is Trifolium pratense.

On late sunny afternoons, many of them may be seen enjoying the warm sunrays in a cute head-down position.

And, all day long, they love to congregate on wet spots, sometimes in great numbers.

The location: Mussen, rich alpine meadows above mixed forests between 1600m and 2200m above sealevel. The meadows are cut in order to keep trees from entering, but they are cut every second year only in alternating patches to allow blossoming plants and insects to successfully finish their life cycles.

The camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro zoom (equivalent 110mm at full size SLR), F/5, 1/500 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 08.06.2007, 17:16.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped, resized to web, resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Walter Schön: Schmetterling - Raupe: http://www.schmetterling-raupe.de

Christian Wieser & Christian Komposch: Paradieslilie und Höllenotter. Bergwiesenlandschaft Mussen, Klagenfurt 2002

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-15 5:16]

Guten Tag Peter,
diesen 'Hübschen' hatte ich kürzlich auch eingestellt. Das Objekt deiner Fotobegierde hast du optisch in den Mittelpunkt gestellt - da führt kein Blick daran vorbei. Guter Fokus auf das durch den Blickwinkel flächenmäßig dominante linke Flügelpaar. Superschärfe! Farbwiedergabe, Licht und Hintergrund sind perfekt: Ein Produkt aus dem Hause Stoeckl!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-15 5:25]

Hi Peter,
Just marking it and will come back with a proper critique later. Clearing my huge backlog first, ha ha ha.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-15 5:32]

Hello Peter,
Sharp, clear, natural and so on and so on. What more does a picture need?
I like the low point of view from which you have taken this picture. The sky in the background creates a certain kind of depth in the image.
Regards, Jacob

hello peter,
lovely capture of the Mazarine Blue , the image is very sharp with excellent details on the wings, very nice dof, lovely colours, well composed shot with fine pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-15 5:38]
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hallo Peter,
Wie dieses Bild doch leuchtet, wie hast Du das nur gemacht. Wunderschöne Komposition, die Kombination blau-grün, so schön! Neben diesem schillernden Falter sieht ja mein Weibchen richtig nonnenhaft aus! Herrlich auch das Workshopfoto, da müsste man eigentlich Doppelpunkte geben.
Habe so Freude an dem Bild
Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht Dir

Peter and the Butterflies,
Could be a some kind of title from a book or so...
I love the colors here and the compo...
Well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-15 5:46]

Truly delicious colours and textures and your light-handling is absolutely outstanding

HI peter ,
could not beleive this...
the amount of details and resolution is amazing.
very true & clean colors and the BG is fantastic.

Hi Peter,
a very good picture of ängsblåvingen, you have captures a nice action when it's taking a sun bath.
Lovely natural colours, great details and very good DOF.
I like the lighting too.
Well done, my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-15 6:16]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this very fresh-looking Mazarine Blue beautifully posed on the grass.
Very sharp details and wonderful colour, the wings really glisten! I like the soft blue/green background too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Peter,
This is a wonderful picture. Excellent sharpness and beautiful vivid colours!
Very nice composiion.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-15 6:43]
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Hello my dear friend

I know we haven't "spoken" in quite a long time but i have to tell you that whenever i had the chance (time and internet connection) i took a look at what were you posting.
Unfortunately time for TN was in very little quantities this summer for me...but this will soon change :)

This is a splendid macro shot from you!
The details on this "hair-ball' :)) are fantastic and the contrast between his blue and the green of the grass makes such a pleasant photo to look at.
Very good POV and DOF as well, with a exact exposure to match it all.
Great work!

Take care and TFS

Hi Peter,
Waouw, one of the best shots of this little argus, I'm impressive by the details and the beautiful colors, nice BG also
Thank you
Best Regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-15 9:17]

Hi Peter,
Really outstanding colours and exposure. Light is a plus here!
The right dof to produce a solf and realistic background, excelente pov, pose and composition, make of this a magnificent and optimistic photo.
Finally workshop shows a really crowded place!
TFS and best regards,
José M.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-15 12:31]

Hello Peter. This is an excellent close up shot of the very beautiful butterfly. you detail and focusing is first class. with very good colours. a nice POV/DOF. and very good notes to go with the picture .well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-15 12:53]

Hello Peter,
a gorgeous capture of this beautiful litle butterfly.
+++ Outstanding sharpness and detail with superb colours and a great POV.
--- Nothing what-so-ever :)
Very well done,

Hi Peter,
This is really great! I love the composition and framing. Great quality light and a spot on exposure have really brought out some amazing colors and sharp detail. A little beauty! Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-15 21:39]

Hi, dear Peter.
I have marked next your masterpiece as my favorite with great pleasure. I am really amazed with features of this picture. Reproduction of all tiny details of the beautiful little butterfly is terrific and strikes my imagination. Pleasantness of the colour palette (blue sky is wonderful and harmonize with yellow-green grass color tones perfectly) and smoothness of the BG are simply great. Superb POV and composition of the shot. Very impressive lighting and wonderful shadows. Bravo, my friend, unsurpassed master of photography.

Hi Peter
Fantastic photo. I love the green and blue OOF peaceful buckground. Sharpness and DOF is perfect. Nice POV and good compo (but I think that you could crop it a little bit more from the bottom)
Best wishes

Hi Peter,
The details and colors on this butterfly are very impressive!
Great picture!

Hi Peter

Superb sharpness and DOF, that H5 of your has a great lens.
Beautiful species and very well presented.
Love the workshop shot, what a collection.

Great work.


Hello Peter
What a great shot of this tiny Blue,
Great focusing,composition and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Guten Tag Peter!
It is really nice to see your new presentation. Especially so interesting like this one. The first picture is really sharp, detailed, very colourful and well composed, but today bravo especially for the great documentary image from the... worshop! I have seen some aggregation of butterflies in my life but there were usually only 2-3 species (if not the only one but in higher number of individuals).
Bravo and TFS this interesting presentation!

PS. I'll add to the PES gallery some of your picture during this week. Thank you very much for cooperation! :>

Magnifique papillon bien mis en évidence par le fond flou.
Bonne journée.

Hi Peter!
Fantastic picture with excellent sharpness.The well saturated and good colors make a great contrast to each other!

Hello Peter,
What can I say! simply the best!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and details also in perfect exposure and focus
your butterfly photos against the blue sky is very unique and trully beautiful!
my compliment towards your outstanding work always

Hi very good butterfly potrait pov and sharpness are exzellent
great colours

Hello Peter,

Das is wunderschoen! So zahrt und fein hat Gott diese Lebenswesen geschoepft! Je naeher man der Natur ist, desto naeher ist man an Gott! Du hast diese Zaertlichkeit sehr gut aufgenommen.


Eine sehr gute Komposition mein Freund! Der Waldblaeuling wurde in den besten Platz gestellt. Das schiefe Grassblatt leitet meinen Blick auf den Schmetterling und der grosse freie Raum vor dem Subjekt ist sehr noetig. Der unscharfe Hintergrund eignet sich gut fuer dieses Motiv.


Die leuchtende, lebenshafte und natuerlich aussehende Farben deines Fotos machen eine beruhigende und aestaetisch wohltuende Kombination. Es ist ein Genuss die blaue Farben im Vor- sowie auch im Hintergrund zu finden.


Der Kontrast wurde sehr gut eingestellt.


Das Licht wurde sehr gut kontrolliert ohne die Einzelheiten ueber- oder unterzubeleuchten. Die Nachmittagssonne war mild genug um schoene Schatten zu zeichnen.


Das Objektiv wurde genau auf den Waldblaeuling scharfgestellt. Die Details wurden scharf wiedergegeben und die Schaerfentiefe gut kontroliert.

Eine ausgezeichnete Darstellung eines Schmetterlings der mir so sehr wie der maennliche Polyommatus icarus aussieht! Herzlichen Dank!

Mit Besten Gruessen,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-07 0:30]

Hello Peter,
Though this male semiargus has already shaken off some of his scales, you have captures him with excellent detail and from a fine POV that shows the shine of the lighter blue near his body. Excellent composition on the grass blades.
Thanks for sharing this and best wishes,

Thanks also for your kind thoughts on my recovery: I hope to be fully active within a couple of weeks.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-11 2:56]

Your butterfly is so alive that it seems to me it can just fly away. Very good detail, color and DOF. Background is nice.

bonjour peter
ce papillon nous offre vraiment une superbe vue de son anathomie!la couleurs est magnifique,le duvet est vraiment tres visible.
bravo et merci.

Beautiful shot! The angle at which u took the photograph makes it realy interesting!

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