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Butterfly for the Chief

Butterfly for the Chief
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Insects and Spiders of Southern Africa, Butterflies II, Butterflies of the African continent., Butterflies, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), 80-89 Points I, Insects in my garden, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Animals from my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 15:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-banded Acraea / Hyalites cabira

I really admire all the talented butterfly photographers on the site. I now realise that it is not so easy to photograph these kaleidoscopic insects, as they have way too much energy and just won't sit still for a moment. Sometimes I cannot help to grin at myself. Since I started this photographic hobby I got myself into some weird situations. I am sure if the neighbours could see me, they'd surely think I completely lost my marbles. In my attempt to try and capture some of the butterflies in our garden, I'd sneak up behind them, trying to hide away from them hoping they won't see me, run after them or following them, sometimes having to find something to stand on (because I'm a shorty) so that I could reach them and finally get a shot.

At last, when luck is on my side and I manage to shoot one, it would normally be with closed wings. Obviously a butterfly looks much more spectacular with open wings so one can admire and appreciate all its gorgeous beauty however, when I laid eyes upon this "Yellow-banded Acraea" I found that sometimes it could be just as beautiful with closed wings.

Admiring the gorgeous and vibrant wings of this specific butterfly transported my memories way back to my childhood days when we used to go and see the Saturday afternoon matinees showing that old time Cowboy and Indians movies. It was such nail biting adventures. Sitting on the edge of your chair you where normally rather panicky after the "beautiful girl" in the story was kidnapped by some unpleasant Apache and his group of thugs. You totally forgot all about the popcorn in your hand. Then the shaman would order one of his tribe members, in a Native American language, to scalp the poor hero, who was captured after he came to rescue the damsel in distress. I remember peeping through my fingers when the wigwams were burnt down if a family member died inside.

I am sure that by this time you must be wondering what the connection might be between these old Western movies and this posting of the butterfly. It all has to do with the Apache chief finally appearing on the horizon, on his magnificent stallion, all dressed up in his traditional costume, his face and body uniquely painted, and off course the vibrant headgear full of magnificent and striking colours and patterns. What an impression it has made on me as a youngster, and I vividly remember how I always wondered where they got all the feathers for that headgear.

The resemblance between the chief's headgear and the Yellow-banded Acraea was so apparent to me that I decided to call this photo "Butterfly for the chief". I am sure you will agree with me that this is a spectacular butterfly with a wonderful arrangement of colours and patterns.

This scarce butterfly is another Trek Nature first and trying to find some Internet information on it was about as difficult as to find a needle in a haystack (probably because there was no needle to start with). It was the same as with my posting of "The Spider hunting wasp". We could only find checklists of butterflies which included this species, but no notes about it at all. Never the less, what I can tell you about this Yellow-banded Acraea is the following

Phylum: Arthropoda (insects, arachnids, and crustaceans)
Class: Insecta (insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)
Superfamily: Paplionoidea ('true' butterflies)
Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies)
Subfamily: Heliconiinae (long wing butterflies)
Until recently, regarded as a purely New Wold subfamily of the Nymphalidae. Now includes all species that once comprised Acraeinae with some that were in Nymphalidae. The genera in this subfamily have been subject to three major taxonomic rearrangements in the last 20 years.

Genus: Hyalites
Although the common name of this butterfly is Yellow-banded "Acraea" it is sometimes erroneously placed in the genus Acraea. However, the correct genus is Hyalites (bitter Acraea) which is a relative and very similar to the butterflies belonging to the Acraea genus.
Species: cabira

Wingspan: Male: 38-44mm. Female: 40-45mm.

Identification: Sexes are very similar. Male's colours are slightly deeper than that of the female. Common in thick bush and forest. Fluttering flight low and slow, often visiting flowers.

Distribution: May be locally common, but usually quite scarce. From Eastern Cape to Kwa-Zulu Natal; throughout Drakensberg forests in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province.

Habitat: Forest edges.

Flight period: Year-round more common in the warmer months.

Taken from the book: Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Steve Woodhall, Published by Struik Publishers.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna!
I'm just marking (its 2 am. :>) - I'll be back :)
Best greetings,

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-23 17:04]

Hi Anna,

Like you say, a lot of patience is needed most of the time to capture what we want. Well you did an excellent job, you're showing us a lovely butterfly where we can appreciate beautiful colours, good sharpness and perfect focus overall. Congratulations!


Hello Anna,
A beautiful and detailed capture of this butterfly. The eyes are so perfect, a sight normally never so perfectly detailed!
Striking colors... Perfect capture of this, "Butterfly For the Chief!"

Hello Anna
Excellent shot of this Yellow-banded Acraea,
The shape of its body and wings are exactly like tawny coster... Cool
When you're capturing macro shots you should be very patient ;O) Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Anna,
This butterfly has gorgeous colors and markings. Pleasant colors combination. Very nice pov and composition. TFS,

Hi Anna
Lyk my jy's 'n baie vinnige beginner. Jou fotos is beslis nie soos die van 'n beginner nie. Well done!!

Hello Anna,

Very nice picture of this colourful butterfly. Good composition and focus. Wonderful colours.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-24 2:46]

Very good photo. Very nice colours

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-24 2:54]

Hello Anna,
Wow, what a gorgeous butterfly with beautiful markings and lovely colours on the underside of its wings. Excellent capture showing us this rarely seen species! I like its pose here and it stands out very nicely from the green background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Anna

The Sony has done a great job in capturing this species new to me. Well saturated colours and a vibrant underwing pattern. I'm pleased to see your enjoying new hobby and don't worry about the neighbours, they're the one's missing out on all the fun.


Hi Anna,
A very interesting subject and a great set of notes. I thought mine were getting a bit long sometimes, but you have surpassed yourself here. The details are excellent and the colours of the butterfly are cool and varied, but I see them as being a bit muted by the bright greens of the background. So I've played a bit in Photoshop and muted greens a bit. See what you think. Thanks.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-24 4:46]

Hi Anna,
I enjoyed reading your notes about the Chief :)
The colours on this butterfly are indeed very beautiful.
What amazes me the most is its eye! Blue with black spots! I wonder why it evolved to have such an eye.
Great frame-filling composition and superb POV.
The DOF is really good and blurs the BG perfectly.
Excellent work!
Well done,

it's a pleasant shot Anna,
It s a good capture, I have never seen this butterfly for real, look me nice to photograph him or her, good photojob, say greeting to you husband. have a nice day
gr. jaap

Hi Anna,
Your photos so beautiful that I am very happy that you join us. Sharpness, details and natural colors amazing. TFS,

Hello Anna,

Your first butterfly and what a beauty. I like the details captured here just like all your previous posts. The colors and contrast are very well managed with good exposure of the shot.

I am actually looking forward to your new post and you can be sure that I'll be coming back.

Best regards,

p/s: I hope you have seen THIS.

Well done Anna. The color patterns of this butterfly are quite unusual and you got a great POV to show them to us. Wonderful focus. The eye detail is pretty amazing. Interesting note.
TFS, Richard

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-24 9:48]

Hi Anna.
What a beauty you managed to catch. Amazing specimen and so impressive POV. I am impressed with quality of texture and colour reproduction. Pose of the butterfly, framing and composition of the image are superb. I welcome minimal aperture value. Some blurriness of the BG is better than sharp one. Well done and TFS.

Hi Anna, elegant butterfly with superb colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, wonderful composition, BRAVA! very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna,
what a wonderfull macro, I like very much the beautifull pattern in his wings and the splendid colors, perfect focus on his eye and excellent lighting,

Hello Anna,
Excellent composition of butterfly that you shared with us, much appreciated!
very good pov with total sharpness, vivid colour and details in it!
the exposure and focus is spot!
well done
best regards to you and Loot!

Hi Anna,
Thank you for this exquisitely captured butterfly and for your poetic and informative note. Well done, both of them.

I'm so happy to see you posting regularly. This is wonderful!

Great sharpness, wonderful lighting and exquisite detail! Good stuff!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-24 18:48]

Hello Anna,
I do see the headress, what beautiful colors and details in this splendid image of this lovely species. Great notes and image Anna.

Dear Anna
Beginners luck? No experience? Pure luck shots?
I’d be inclined to disagree. Looking at this splendid photo of this Yellow-banded butterfly I cannot imagine that you are only a novice. But on the other hand a beginner needs a coach and instructor and where would you find the most suitable one as right by your side? My friend Loot has trained you well and I think your persistency have paid off well. Stunning photo indeed. I can imagine seeing this shorty standing on a structure of some kind to take a photo. That sounds very funny but cute indeed. You have excelled yourself as a student. Well done!
Warmest regards

Hi Mrs. Eksteen,
First of all Hope Mr. Loot is good in health. I read about the Heart attack incidence in his 2nd anniv. post here on TN. Please do take care of him. A beautiful capture of this yellow branded acraea. It has some similarities with one of the common butterfly found here named tawny coaster. Nice composition and very good details. Good informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Very nicely done Anna! It certainly has some colour to it...very attractive colours at that. I see that you shall be giving serious challenge to your husband eh? I wish my SO would take pictures, but she protests...ah well...a super image..

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-01-25 13:54]

Finissima nitidez de qualidade espetacular com cores agradaveis e firmes meus parabéns por esta preciosa imagem.

Ciao Anna
Wonderful image.The colours are stunning! Very, very sharp and incredibly detailed.
Superb composition. Well done .

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-25 18:37]

Hi Anna, you're lucky to have these butterflies flying by.

And I too can remember the Saturday afternoon old time Cowboy and Indians movies we used to go and see when the Indian chief sat on his horse, so regal and stately. But why were they always the baddies???

Your beauty here is very stately and regal is his colours and patterns too. Such striking colours. . . and well captured too,
Thank you for sharing him and your story too,

Hello Anna

Jy is voorwaar besig om van krag tot krag te beur met jou pragtige fotos. Ek is nou al 'n geruime tyd besig om te speel met my kameratjie en die simpel Photo Shop program (wat ek net nie onder die knie kan kry nie) en kom nie naastenby dit wat jy reeds vermag het nie. Jy is sommer dadelik besig om op spoed te kom want hierdie werk is pragtig. Ek wens ek het so 'n goeie leermeester aan my sy gehad want ek dink ek kan tog Loot se invloed waarneem in jou fotos en in jou notas. (Wat is fout met so 'n bietjie gesonde jaloesie vra ek jou?) Nie dat ek enigsins jou die eer ontneem van die oënskynlike harde werk wat jy in sit nie. Jy gaan ons nog met pragtige werk verras in die toekoms, ek is seker daarvan. Ek het jou notas terdeë geniet en ja, ek kan die Chief se veredos duidelik in hierdie pragtige skoenlapper se vlerke waarneem.


Hello Anna,
I like the composition with the dynamic diagonal pose!
The wing pattern is well reproduced, and I notice the fine texture in the wing that makes the insect look very natural in the image...
Attractive rich colours make my pleasant experience complete!
Pablo -

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-26 1:07]

Hello Anna,
Wonderful photo of this Butterfly. Great clear coloured patterns in the feathers. Perfect sharpness. The eye is amazing. Beautiful POV and composition.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-26 15:11]

Hi Anna,
beautiflly colored butterfly! nice pose captured with great details and composition,
best regards, Dejan

Bonsoir Anna,
Beautifulmacro picture nicely composed and presented with beautiful colors and sharpness picture, Excellent point of view with great details and light,
Very well done..
Many thanks for your nice commnents to my picture : Beaupre Fall

Hi Anna,
Beautiful bright vivid colors! Great POV , nice macro shot TFS

hello anna,

so nice to see you here at TN, i think this is your first post which i have seen, these days i have become a bit irregular here, i am glad that i saw this beautiful work of yours, butterflies are my favourite shooting objects and you have posted such a good shot here,

this species is really very beautiful, i liked the pov, composition and the beautiful colours,
well done,

tfs & regards

Bold color, nice detail and POV Anna. I like the composition.
I think the "chase" as you describe it in your notes, is the one thing I like the most about macro. One becomes a "hunter" in many respects, stalking the prey..I think it's the "hunter/gatherer" thing :)
Well done,

Vibrant color defines this beautiful shot, Anna. I like the dynamic range of it, as well as the great sharpness, crisp texture and enough fine detail to see the "hair" on the leaves. Good close-up work and nice diagonal composition on the stem. Great note, too.


Hello Anna,

colourful, well detailed, well composed presentation that is well received here!

Due to heavy workload at my job at the moment I am not as active on this site right now as I would like to be. But even short moments of looking into TN postings like this one are loading up my batteries of mental energy - almost as good as going out into natural environments to get the head free.

With thanks, and my best regards,


Hi Anna,
I saw the announcement that you finally decided to join this family as well. It surely is great to see another Eksteen on this site.
The butterfly is a realy beauty. The photo as well. Good clarity and colors, although the photo looks slightly unsharp.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-27 12:37]

Hi Anna,
i see you have been busy again, this is a beautiful butterfly you have caught here, thankfully only with yuor camera! I like your note about the connection between a native americans head dress and this butterflys markings, i can see what you mean!
You've got a nice diagonal composition and some very eye catching colour here - nice shot, well done!

Un trabajo excelente Anna.
Perfecto encuadre y acertada exposición.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Hello Anna,
Don't worry; I guess that most of us look very weird for the neighbors... When I go out to take birds pictures one my cats always follows me like a little dog. People use to go in their window to see this strange parade of my cat, me and my monopod with the 100-400 zoom, flash and flash extender, lol!

This is a superb specie and I think that I have never seen it before. Its colors are amazing. You caught it in good composition and exposure in lovely natural environment. IMHO it needs a little USM that was nicely done in WS. I would be much impressed to see this creature in real :) Well done and TFS those interesting notes and picture,

Hello Anna (a.k.a. Miss Piggy),
Allow me to welcome you on TN 23 days after you joined it.
It was just a coincidence that while looking at Loot's recent picture of that heavenly morning, I saw your critique and clicked on your TN name of "Miss Piggy" on an impulse.
And lo and behold, you turn out to be Anna whom I was familiar with through my very dearest friend Loot's occasional mention of your name in his intensive notes and critiques on TN.
I have now read your introductory profile with immense interest and just can't be diplomatic in saying that you are a better photographer than Loot ("Chuckle" -- to use his pet expression)!!
And where were you hiding all these days, "Miss Piggy"?
Your picture of this beautiful and rare butterfly is far from a novice's fumblings with the camera. It is a veritable work of art.
It it sharp, crisp, well composed, colourful and . . . well, it is just the kind of picture I would like to make some day.
You are also one ahead of Loot in writing very informative and interesting notes.
(I'm sure Loot would like to strangle me for runnning him down so much!)

So welcome to TN once again, Anna.
This community has turned richer by your presence.
Warm regards,
Ram Thakur

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-28 23:04]

Hi Anna,
Beautiful butterfly and you have presented a classical pose here. Lovely colours and patterns on its wings and I like the natural green surrounding and the controlled lighting. Though the focus is a bit soft but it doesn't take away the marvellous composition. Kudos.

Thanks Anna.
You are so lucky to capture these at this time of year.
Excellent POV, and sharp focus.
You learn fast.
Enjoy your week.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-29 1:58]

Hello Anna,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

Hi Anna,
What a stunning shot of this "Yellow-banded Acraea" excellent POV, the colours are amazing and the detail is just brilliant, a beautiful image, all the best Cheers Rick :0)

Primero, muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios. Tu toma es muy interesante ,
con una gran ampliación, buen encuadre y estupendos colores y luz, sin embargo el enfoque es algo justo en algunas zonas.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Anna

A truly beautiful butterfly with vibrant colors! Excellent composition and exposure. Maybe its a little OOF, but otherwise splendid!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-29 8:27]

Hi Anna.
Very nice colors of this buterfly. great sharpness and well focus. I like the way it is framed too.
Your friend

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-29 9:18]

Hello Anna

Lovely posting - great POV and excellent colours.

Best wishes


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-01-29 11:18]

HI Anna!
There was a big ? when I saw your nick, but then I read the intro,nice of you to join trek sites but you'll have a lot to do to catch up with Loot :), I like this photo it's sharp enough but background is a little bit distracting, it's to vivid.But I know how hard it is to chase butterflies for perfect shot.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-29 14:36]

Hello Anna, that's a real beauty, the subject is fantastic, the image is very sharp, the colors are bright and natural and the composition is very well done, thanks !


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-30 7:18]

Hello Anna
Nice presentation.Sharp image with good POV.Details amd light are also very good.
TFS Michel

Hello Anna,

WOw! What a very wonderful and colorful butterfly!!! The wings designs are stunning!!! You managed perfectly the exposition and got a great POV... The only thing is that even you use a great aperture (f/2.7) the bg remains a little bit busy... But sometimes we don't have the choice :-)...

I like also that both antennas are in focus!

Great job and TFS!!!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 8:02]

Hello Anna,
This is an excellent capture of one of the more beautiful African Acraeids. Most of them are variations of a terracota brown.
The composition, colours, pose and focusing are all superb and the natural green BG serves to set it of well.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

A really beautiful butterfly in a spectacular green frame of plants. Beautiful colors

Great sharpness, wonderful lighting and exquisite detail!Congratulations.....

hi Anna,

Great macro shot!
Well focused, nice angle for capturing details of the wing.

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-05 20:21]

Hello Anna

This is a very beautiful butterfly.
The colours are bright and vivid.
Very well focused with sharp details and good texture on the wings.
The diagonal composition is nicely done.


Hello Anna.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-11 0:09]
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Hi Anna

The chief (complete with his extravagant head-gear) have come to town and visited our garden.

A spectacularly coloured butterfly and you nailed the details on this one. The composition is great with the insect and the grass blade placed on the diagonal. The colours are beautiful, the DOF was sufficient to remove most of the crisp details of the grass directly behind and in close proximity to the butterfly, the low angled POF gave excellent results, and the exposure was well managed.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Anna,
Thanks your photo, I can realize that so beautiful and large butterfly exists somewhere very far from Europe. Excellent composition. Thanks for sharing,

Hello Anna,

This butterfly is beautifully marked and has gorgeous colours which you have captured with great accuracy! Well done! Lovely composition and b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Is curiosity safe?'

Hello Anna,
It's really very good picture. Great colours and sharpness. Well composed with nice, natural background. TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-13 5:00]

Hello Anna,
a gorgeous butterfly amidst all this wonderful lush greenery.
Lovely composition, excellent use of space and the details are wonderful.
POV, colors and sharpness are great.

Hello Anna,
Great picture. Colours and sharpness are great. Well composed with natural background.
Thanks for sharing


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-18 2:06]
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Wow!!! What a marvellous thing!! It's so beautiful with those orange, red and blue colors! Good that you perseverated to capture it! I'm so pleased to see it and read your charming note. It's a superb job.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

Hi Anna,

The butterfly on the leave is impressive. The point of view is showing the details an colors of the butterfly. The photo is clear and precise. Yje light brings out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-14 5:32]

Hi Anna,
I found this jewel in your gallery...what wonderful rich colours and texture picked up off this butterfly...i love that blue patterned eye!

And returning back after a while to complete this critique i had a wonderful time reading your notes.I could see the little girl at the movies and the very scene from the movie:)You are a great family of writers too, do you realise Mrs. Eksteen?

Following butterflies, i think, has to be clasified into another "chasing" art form in wildlife photography.People like Pankaj(Bajpai), Peter(Stoeckl), Silivio, Gert(Passen) etc have perfected this art so well that they can become trainers:)

And now to talk again about your wonderful find and a TN first, it is this very vivid hues on it that attracted me towards it.The grey, the orange, marigold yellow, off-white and black.. all form a melage of colours and patterns on the beauty.However it is the most contrasting colour that i find in its eye ...the blue in it stands out very well..and attracts one's attention immediately.I am wondering how do they look had you had it open its wings.Every bit of detail on the butterfly is focussed well and with fantastic clarity.I like the way the rolled up probe and the antennaes are very clearly recorded.Despite the fact that you have a habitat here which is quite busy, your composition places the viewer's complete attention on the subject excellently.
Good use of light highlighting its colours in fine contrast.
Thank you for this wonderful capture.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-12 7:28]

Hello Anna,
a lovely creature you shot here. Great posture and great colours.
Wonderful job. to be patient and quiet is the key.


Hello Anna
I understand perfectly how it is to photograph insects or another animals that are sitting and moving when you are with your camera near. This is a very beautiful butterfly, even with closed wings.

Hello Anna,
This is stunning macro shot by you with exceptional details & outstanding POV against green BG. I appreciate the notes & unique patterns of colorful patches over the wings & magnificent eye of Yellow-banded Acraea. TFS.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2009-07-16 4:17]

Excellent shot of this butterfly. Wonderful colors

Hi Anna, Good Morning!

What a spectacular butterly having great pattern and colours on its underwings. Details, POV, DOF and composition are excellent!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hallo Anna,
what a wonderful butterfly taken from an excellent lateral POV showing perfectly the splendid markings of the underside wings, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, a very nice diagonal composition.
Best regards

wonderful ! congratulations for the capture !
very nice butterfly !

ciao, tino

Hello Anna

Excellent macro of this butterfly, with fine
lateral POV to show its colors and patterns,
being framed diagonally in the image it gives
dynamism to the photo, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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