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~ Gram Blue ~

~ Gram Blue ~
Photo Information
Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 F4-5,6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-31 0:26
Viewed: 3202
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends in TN.

This butterfly was captured close to the swimming pool where I stayed in Langkawi for the Nikon Photohunt Langkawi 2008.

Euchrysops cnejus cnejus (Gram Blue)

The male of the Gram Blue is light purple whilst the female is rather heavily black-dusted with the wing bases pale shining blue. The underside is pale buff, with the usual lycaenine markings as spots and striae. The spots in the costal and basal areas of the hindwing are black and very distinct. The black submarginal spots near the tails are edged with metallic green scaling and inwardly crowned with orange. The species also possesses a pair of string-like tails.
The species is common in localized areas where its food plant can be found. The host plant is a creeper-like "pea plant" with three leaves on a node. The plant has yellow flowers and pea-like processes on which the female is often observed laying her eggs. The Gram Blue prefers open areas flying low on grassy waste places.



Model NIKON D80
Software Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time 1/200
F-Stop f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings 100
Focal Length 195 mm
Date Taken 2008-03-28 13:50
Metering Mode Pattern
Flash Flash fired, auto mode, return light detected
File Size 166 kb
jusni nasirun 2008

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Hello Jusni,
Beautiful Gram Blue. Markings on wings and colors are fantastic. Very nice pov. However, the focus seem to be at the wrong place. TFS.

Hi Jusni,
A nice capture of this gram blue over the cycas leaves. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Jusni,

Lovely macro image you are showing us here today.
Very good composition and most wonderful soft color tones in the background.
Also love the color contrast very much.
Looks like the top of the wing is a little out of focus, might have been better to use f8.0 or even a bit more to get that part in focus to due to more depth of field, and the image gould use a little more sharpness in my opinion.
Nevertheless a very nice image at wich it is a real joy to look at.

Best wishes, Harry

Hi Jusni,
Wonderful composition and presentation, the details are excellent, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

You've captured the beautful details on the wings very well!
And the BG and FG are very beautiful!

Salam Jusni,
very beautiful Blue and its nice shot on fresh fern. Superb colors, great composition and POV. I like also your new style frame. good notes. thanks for sharing my friend

Hi Jusni, nice butterfly with beautiful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Aaah, what can one say Jusni? This is a terrific capture my friend, perfect in the spirit of close-up photography. TFS indeed my friend!

Done very well on this perfect captured!
the colour is so beautiful on the subject against a suitable bg colour!
a pleasing presentation

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-31 16:46]

Hi Jusni,very nice butterfly in a great background,i like a lot this shot,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-31 17:15]

Hi Jusni,
Excellent macro shot! Great composition, nice colours and good detail.

Hi Jusni,
I see that your favorşte group is butterflies.I have also a few butterfly from Turkey. Very nice macro with excellent colors, BG and details. TFS,

I have never heard of this hunt. It sounds like you are really having a great time there in your imaging....I too..I took the day and covered a major home fire in which 3 Chinese families lost the house they owned..a sad story but a good one for an old photojournalist as me...

And as to this image...it is a VERY unique one..The "things" in the pho9t are so attractive that they draw me to the words in notes...and then back again and that is what photojournalism is all about! You should be a reporter! Swell work in this and that as well!
PS the fire photo can only be seen for next 24 hours at notes page on

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-31 21:04]

I like how you rotate the image to make the butterfly look like a beautiful painted fan. Nice color, not as well focus but good enough. I enjoyed it. Thanks

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-01 1:49]

Hello Jusni,
A great capture of a Gram blue that shows the underside of the wings with good overall sharpness, the hindwing eye marking being extra sharp. I like the composition on the fern shoot and it contrasts nicely against the neutral BG.
Thanks for sharing this little beauty,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-01 10:41]

Jusni, Lovely angle and great view. Sharp shot and good clarity. Ganesh

Hi Jusni,
The best and the most important part here is the BG which is helping in highlighting the subject. Then is the absolutely perfect lighting / exposure. Very nice details captured both on the butterfly and the leaf. Great composition!


Your gallery is full of beautiful images and this one is only the last in time of posting, it is really a great picture, very well composed and with nice strong colours, bravo
kind regards

hello Jusni

another superb macro shot with a fine POV, excellent luminosity
and great details of the foreground, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-04-09 21:12]

Salam Jus,
I would give you a million of scores for all the photos you had sent. Nak kata tak larat tu dak la. Tapi it is what you should get from me ( unrecorded in TE,TN TL ).
You pix are good, well taken and exciting.
That is, all in all.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-11 19:26]

Hi Jusni,
Wonderful shot of this upside-down Gram Blue with such lovely colours and sharp markings on its wings. The green fern presents a fabulous perspective and contrast. Good use of flash lighting and a fine DOF achieved. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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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 8:58]

Even if sharpness is not at 100% this one is also like a little jewel in your gallery. It's so marvellous and beautiful its composition. I do love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Jusni, wonderful one! The color contrasts are beautiful, the beauty stands out so well against the brown, almost similar coloured BG with side lighting.
Sharpness and DOF are nice too.
TFS and have a nice new day MF!


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