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Idea leuconoe

Idea leuconoe
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 12:02
Viewed: 3035
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This was taken at Syon Butterfly House in London. This is my first real attempt at this type of photography, so i expect there's all sorts things that i could do better here!
Anyway, i was quite pleased with the result from my humble Sigma 300mm, so i thought i'd share this anyway.

Hopefully i have the ID right, but please let me know if i am wrong.

Idea leuconoe:

This species was thought to have gone extinct from Singapore. Already a very rare butterfly even in Malaysia, Idea leuconoe chersonesia is a seashore species known to only make its appearance deep in mangrove swamp vegetation. Although there were several unconfirmed reports of its sighting at Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong in the late 80's, no confirmed observation of its existence was obtained until recently, where this photograph of the species was taken with a digital camera. It was indeed a pleasant surprise to record the existence of Idea leuconoe chersonesia in Singapore.
Idea leuconoe chersonesia is a black and white butterfly like the other species of the genus Idea, but the marginal and submarginal spots are conjoined to form an irregular black band, and the wing bases are yellow-tinted. Like the other Idea species, the butterfly glides gracefully amongst the treetops and floats like a piece of paper. The butterfly is believed to be distasteful to predators.

Thanks for looking..

nglen, Juyona, warnzy, jrobertop, eqshannon, Kathleen, horia, SelenE, uleko has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Kathleen: Workshop.PaulH 1 10-24 05:20
To Kathleen: compositionPaulH 1 10-24 02:16
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-23 12:13]

Hi Paul A very good first butterflt close up. You have captured it with fine detail which shows the markings so well. good colours and you have use the light to its best. not to sure about the ID .well done TFS.
You will be after a macro lens next !!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-23 12:23]

Hello Paul,
a really nice capture especially seeing as this is your first attempt.
+++ Very sharp with excellent details and texture.
The colours are well saturated but natural.
Perfect DOF and a great noiseless BG.
Excellent notes and perfect identification.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-23 14:28]

Hola Paul,
perfecta composición y foco magnífico,
detalles y color, agradable escena,

Hi Paul,

Great picture with stunning detail, good natural colours and light and a very nice composition.

Kind regarrds,


Now this one Paul is exceptional. It meets all criteria for any nature photographer. You do not post every day but you take your time and make sure what you posts are up to standards and sometimes above the norm. I could stretch my mind but would not find any error technically. Your notes are interesting and complete. A fine piece of work kind sir. I bow to your post...and now shall salute it with a small sip if it does not bother.
Sincere regards

Hi Paul
Wonderful exposure for bright conditions with great sharpness and detail. You did great for first attempts, nice composition the butterfly laying flat on the leaf. Against the green the butterfly really stands out well.
Would a crop up from the bottom to bring the butterfly down slightly be something to consider? I like how the wing fits the same shape as the leaf and a crop would remove that visual shape, but then I'm wondering if really you need all the bottom of the leaf as the butterfly is the subject, individual preference only, wonderful image.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-24 3:13]

Hi Paul

I saw this picture yesterday, bit didn't really have time to comment anything on it. (to be honest...i watched the matches from teh Champions League :)
This is a very good macro, especially taking into consideration that it's among your first.
The lens you used is rather good for this type of photography. I too have it but i'm still a novice with it, however i've seen members here who have come to master it and pull out some amazing shots.
Anyway, back to the picture: the sharpness is terrific. You selected the right amount of DOF and you manage to keep the entire butterfly in great focus.
The pose in which you captured your subject here is great, too - with its wings widely spread and showing off its lovely pattern and colors.
Lighting and exposure are very good and the vertical compo is nice as well.
So i would say this is a spot-on start for yet another new chapter for you :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-24 5:57]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful butterfly with beautiful colors and markings. Your POV shows all the details. Nice composition, good focus and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hi Paul.
Magnificent shot!
Excellent coloration of this exuberant butterfly.
Very well composed.
Congratulations for the wealth of details!
José Roberto

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-24 22:09]

Hi Paul,
It is such a great surprise to see a butterfly post from you but such a wonderful one at that too. Very beautiful. Superb lighting, exposure and POV. The green leaf acts as a perfect BG. Very nicely composed, hope to see many more of these. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-24 22:43]

Hi Paul

Lovely shot - like the composition , well handled exposure and good detail.



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-24 23:21]

Hello Paul,
Very nice butterfly, great POV and Dof
composition and texture ar wonderful.. Well done


Hi Paul,
A very nice capture of this beautiful and rare butterfly. Excellent details and composition with a very good frontal POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Paul, splendid butterfly with great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Paul
Redical chanege of subject. I like it very much. Very nice sharp image of beautiful butterfly. Good sharpness, nice composition with a leaf but I like also the WS made by Kathleen. Also very goood OOF background
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-26 5:07]

Hello Paul,
I think this is an excellent first attempt! I like your composition with the whole leaf left in the picture and I like the diagonal position of the butterfly. Sharpness is great and colours beautiful. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Paul,
Great to see some diversity in your gallery. Not that I am bored with the stunning seascapes, but it nice to see that you are also experimenting with other types of photography.
There is not much I can say about this photo other than this is has great details, stunning color and light and a perfect DOF.

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