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Argynnis paphia - Going Into The Light

Argynnis paphia - Going Into The Light
Photo Information
Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/3.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-31 5:21
Viewed: 3760
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TN-members,

A couple of days ago I received a very arrogant forum message ("What? You are so busy on the dark ground you ground with other things living on the ground that you forgot about light? And you forgot a lot about manners as well.") from an old TN-member, only because I critiqued someone else's photo and mentioned it's overexposed. The photographer, who's on my fave list, and not from yesterday, accepted the critique and tried to calm his friend down. The whole childish story isn't worth a single word, except for either there's a poet lost in the old colleague (whose intro starts with the sentence "Feel free to be critical."...) or he has learnt from his grandchild, but it's really sad an otherwise highly respected and acknowledged photographer allows this impertinent tone for himself only because another member uses the magic word "overexposure" (and not even to his photo). If there's anyone interested in this storm in a pot more (though I hope not), here is my critique, and here is the reaction.

Sorry if I bored You with such a stupid story. But I'd like to show to everyone although I love to photograph fungi, and they get priority in my uploads, I'm not an enemy of available lights. Quite the opposite.

Argynnis paphia is a very common butterfly specie in our mountains, mostly on wet and sunny territories. I photographed this specimen closed to Répáshuta village, in the Bükk mountains. PP: little exposure correction, noise reduction, gaussian blur on the bg, framing, signing, re-sizing.

cloud, GLEM, Arjun, maurydv, Miss_Piggy, marhowie, boreocypriensis, CatStevens, jusninasirun, pablominto, mlines, Maite, ocskaymarci has marked this note useful
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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-31 6:56]

hello Laszlo,
I've read carefully your note. I wish no more such events. Beautiful is this species, pretty flutter in air. I like your composition.
Regards, Pawel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-31 7:10]

Hello Laszlo,
A very fine capture of this Fritillary showing great sharpness and natural colours. Good light and a fine background too.
About your note - let's have peace and not stir things up again!!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-31 8:10]

hi Laszlo
trčs belle réalisation, le pov est bien choisi pour admirer tous les dessins de ses ailes. Lumičre bien dosée, DOF correcte męme si elle manque de profondeur.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-07-31 10:03]

Hello Laszlo,

Superb shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very good composition. Good focus. Splendid colours.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-07-31 10:33]

hi laszlo
Lovely picture..i feel you could have gone more parallel with the subject

Ciao Laszlo,
splendida macro di questa bellissima farfalla, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione, ottima definizione, molto belli e naturali i colori. In genere i fotografi dicono di accettare le critiche (Lousat le accetta), ma in realtŕ, come tutti, amano l'adulazione, anche quando č falsa. Anch'io la trovo sovraesposta e l'ho scritto, ma nel digitale i colori sono molto influenzati anche dai monitor che hanno spesso tarature molto diverse. L'importante č esprimere le proprie opinioni, a volte si hanno reazioni eccessive o modi di esprimersi diversi, quello che conta č la comunicazione che facciamo attraverso le nostre fotografie che spesso parlano per noi.
Grazie e complimenti.

Hallo Laszlo
What a really beautiful toffee brown coloured butterfly. The patterns and markings are wonderfully displayed and very clear. I especially like the curved edged wings. I just love the way you presented this beauty. It fills my whole screen. Focus, sharpness and clarity are super. This is really splendid and a pleasure to observe and admire. This specie is a real beauty with its lovely wings wide opened. A lovely photo which I appreciated very much. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-01 2:25]

Hi Laszlo,very very beautifull pic,i like a lot this situation,whit the butterfly in the sun in a shadow environment,it's the best situation to take the pic,remember my my last Issoria posting in my gallery,this time 2 points are not enough,my best compliment,Luciano

Hi Hormon

Don't worry adverse reactions, we all get them from time to time. I once had a fellow on TN tell me that shooting sunsets was not proper photography and I should dissapear from the earth!!!. Just ignore those reactions and enjoy the beauty of nature, however you see it.

This is a good one my friend. Good diagonal composition, great sharpness and good DOF


Hi dear Laszlo ,
Very nice macro with splendid colours.
Great composition and nice sharpness.
well done

Kind regards

Beautiful shot Laszlo.
Artfully composed.
I especially enjoy the light & colors here.

Hi barátom Laszlo,
A perfect shot of this beautifully coloured butterfly with superb quality. Lights are natural and you captured this beauty in situ. TFS this.
Greetings from TR N. Cyprus,

Hi Laszlo

Fantastic colour and excellent composition!

Hello Laszlo. Excellent framing of this butterfly in full spreading wings. Sharp detail markings in very good framing. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hello Laszlo,

I can see a lovely butterfly!
The close-up work is well done and shows the fine wing pattern, pin sharp and with fine colours...
I like the composition that gives the insect room to look into, DoF works well to isolate the subject!

Pablo -

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-09-02 22:56]

Hi Laszlo, A beautifully coloured butterfly. The clarity and sharpness of this close up photo is excellent and the darkened border and tasteful signiture looks good. TFS. Murray.
ps. A colleague grew up in Hungary and has some interesting stories from there.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-20 13:31]

Wow!! What a lovely and beautiful picture!! Though I must say I love your fungi this one is also an excellent lesson on photography. Magnificent macro with perfect use of light, wonderful colors, sharp details and a marvellous composition.
I love it!!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

Szia Laci!
Tegnap akartam folytatni, csak mindig közbejött valami..
Tudjuk, hogy ilyeneket is tudsz fényképezni meg a tájképeid is kiválóak, csak biztos kötekedő kedvében volt az illető..
Szóval ez tényleg jó kép, nagyszeűek a fények, amiket igen jól kezeltél, az is tetszik, hogy a lepke "teste" van a középpontban, viszont a szárnyai a sarkok felé állnak.
Küldtem most is egy ws-t, remélem nincs már velük tele a hócipőd.. (: Tulajdonképpen a színei miatt. Ez a kicsit zöldbe hajló sárgás árnyalata a lepkének, meg a kicsit sárgás fakóbb zöld levelek nagyon hasonlítanak egymáshoz. A színeknél leginkább a hideg-meleg ellentétűek mutatnak jól (pl.: kék-sárga vagy zöld-piros, stb.). Megpróbáltam a lepkét és a leveleket "távolabb vinni" egymástól, remélem sikerült megőrizni a természetességét!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-11 4:09]

Hi Laszlo ,
beautifullly positioned shot of the butterfly.
Wonderful clear and bright presentation. your diagonal placement makes this shot pleasant and attractive.


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