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Green-banded Blue

Green-banded Blue
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, 50-59 points Chapter 7, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-25 3:39
Viewed: 4371
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a beautiful male Small Green-banded Blue (Psychonotis caelius). Yes males can be beautiful :)

There is a poor shot with wings partially open showing the azure blue upper wing in the workshop. The females have hardly any blue in the wing.

This butterfly comes from the family Lycaenidae and has a wingspan of only 30mm. The species is found in rainforest along the east coast of Australia and this specimen was captured at the southern most part of its distribution at Macquarie Pass National Park. In the tropical north of their range they have several generations per year, but in the southern part of their range there is only one generation towards the end of autumn. The larval food plant is Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa).

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-25 3:47]

Hi Chris
Fantastic capture with marvellous details!
Excellent sharpness, POV, DOF, colors, and so beautiful composition.
Congratulations and TFS

Hallo Chris
When you got it, there is no turning around. – You got it to be an excellent photographer.
What an extremely beautiful soft coloured butterfly. The patterns and markings are divine and out of this world. I actually see this as a perfect piece of artwork. It is as if each line and marking was hand painted. Just love the way you presented this beauty. It fills my whole screen. Focus, sharpness and clarity are super. This is really a pleasure to observe, and a truly lovely photo which makes me wanting to look again and again, because once is not enough. Thanks for sharing. I appreciated this one very much.
Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-25 5:48]

Hello Chris, Beautiful shot with brilliant colors. Lovely view. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-25 7:49]
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Hello Chris,
A great macro of this beautiful Lycaenid, the Green-banded Blue that is as good as perfect technically and the specimen is pretty fresh.
The composition and BG couldn't be better as well.
This has to go into my favourites!
Thank you.

Hi Chris,
Great macro! The DOF is perfect and the white is not overexposed. Perfect framing for me. Well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-25 10:56]

Hi Chris,very evry beautifull male,wonderfull quality of your pic,all is perfect and i like a lot the point of view,just my best compliment,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-25 12:13]

Hello Chris,
Wow, this is a brilliant capture of this wonderful butterfly in a striking blue colour (as in workshop). Excellent POV showing the wing markings and colours of the underside very nicely. I like its pose on the leaf and against the green soft bakground too. Very well done!

Merhaba Chris,kesinlikle cok cok guzel bir kare.Harika bir kompozisyorn ve uygun bir kadraj.Cok begendim cok,ellerine saglik,selamlar :))

Hi Chris,
A lovely capture of this beautiful blue butterfly. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Good macro work Chris!

Hello Chris,
Stunning shot of this beautiful male!, very sharp details and well rendering colours

Hi Chris, fantastic butterfly, I never see before, thanks, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-26 9:36]

Hola amigo,
preciosa macro y foco,
original colorido y pov...
bg, excelente.
saludos Chris

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-07-26 13:04]

Hi Chris,
Wow! What a beauty!
Really love those little sparkles of turquoise.
Wonderful sharpness and details, great bright colours.
Very well done

Ciao Chris,
splendida macro di questa piccola farfalla, eccellenti POV e composizione, ottima resa dei colori, molto buona la definizione dei dettagli.
Grazie e complimenti.

Gracias por tus simpáticos halagos Chris, pero tu toma es mucho mejor que la mía :-)

buen (GOOD) encuadre
buen enfoque
buena luz
escelente profundidad

y una bonita especie.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-07-27 3:06]

Hello Chris,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS..

Nice shot Chris. Well captured beauty perched at the edge of the leaf. The background is well silenced by this wonderful optics like mine. :-). Very good framing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Chris,
Beautiful specie. Firstly I thought it has black and white wings, but read the note and sawthe WS... It's even more beautiful. Perfect capture, MF, great exposure, wonderful sharpness, excellent bg. Simply a masterwork. Bravo.
Yours, László

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-05 8:37]

Agree Chris! This butterfly male is beautifull for sure. Shape is very similiar to our Polish Lycanidae, but colours rocks! Side view, sharpness and white/black/turquise colours look superb.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-17 7:04]

Hi Chris,
This really is an outstanding image of this beautiful butterfly. Superb light and exposure management and the sharpness is impeccable. Great pose captured and I like the splashes of blue which makes this butterfly look so gorgeous. Excellent POV and DOF. Thanks for sharing.

* Feels nice to be among friends again.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 0:22]

Hello Chris,
a very beautiful shot. Great clarity and excellent sharpness. Great composition of theis butterfly on the leaf. Green blurred BG make this shot stands out.


Hello Chris,
Beautiful capture of Psychonotis caelius.
Wonderful details and splendid sharpness, well done,TFS.

Una gozada el contemplar este ejemplar bien captado y contrastado...

Hello Chris!
What a unusual colours as for the Lycaenidae species. Black & white! Simply great colouration! And very good sharpness/DOF too. I have never seen species like that.
It is amazing that colours of upper side is so totaly different!!! Great and very interesting presentation!
TFS and have a nice week!

hi Chris,
the beauty of the wings of this Lycaenidae
is amazing, and you have been able to show very well with this macro... compliments

best regards sERGIO

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