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Perfect Match

Perfect Match
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Japan, Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 2:43
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I know the small copper Lycaena phlaeas has been shown here many times. However, I could not resist posting this just for the glorious colours and the perfect match between the butterfly and the petals of the flower. Normally, I would not think of the Small Copper as being an exponent of the art of camouflage, but here she seems to be just that.

Camera hand-held in late afternoon, autumn sunshine. Cropped , resized and sharpened for TN.

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hello alan,
nice capture of this beautiful butterfly, the colours and the contrast are nice, well composed shot, fine pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Alan. Striking colours and a strong link between flower and insect.Great light and a nicely cropped image. Well done. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-14 4:36]
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Hello Alan,
You're right: one doesn't usually associate the Small Copper with camouflage, but some butterflies vanish if the colour of the flower is right. This looks like an Asian subspecies, the outer dark border of the forewing being almost divided by lines of orange.
Nice capture from a good POV and the neutral OOF BG allows both it and the orange flower to stand out.
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-14 4:46]

Hi Alan
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Colors are very nice .
TFS Michel

Hi Alan,
The colors are good and complements the BG very well. The composition is excellent.
Goutham R

Hi Alan,
A beautiful capture of this orange copper. Yes it has perfectly chosen the flower resembling its body color. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • prfry Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 30 W: 8 N: 15] (84)
  • [2008-01-02 17:57]

Hi Alan,
Just looking at all your beautiful butterfly shots and this one caught my attention most. Those colours are simply beautiful! It is a perfect match indeed. Your depth of field is just perfect and good amount of light. The dark browns of the background balance the brightness of the subject quite well. Lovely textures I can see in the butterfly's wings and also in the softness of the flower petals. Well done!

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