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The Gram Blue

The Gram Blue
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-18 19:43
Viewed: 3503
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The gram blue is a samll but beautiful butterfly from blue family. The underside color is a gray brown & size, shape and color of the bands and spots are small and indistinct in older specimens.

Its habitat includes open fields or black gram which are its larval host plants. It flies fast few feet above ground.

The shot has been taken with Nikon D 80 with Sigma 70/300 apo dg mode.

resizing and framing done for the final presentation. your critiques and comments are most welcome.

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To jaycee: secret of getting this pose,pankajbajpai 1 09-19 19:52
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Nicely selected angle for placing most parts of this tiny butterfly within sharp area of DoF. Of course, this is extremely well focused. Superb shot!

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful capture of this Gram Blue.
The POV and DOF is excellent.
Lovely colours and lighting.
The composition is simple and effective.A wonderful classic pose.
Your subject stands out against the rich,blurred BG.
Nicely done.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-09-18 21:25]

Beautiful capture,nice POV&Composition.
Details are awesome.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-18 22:35]

Hello Pankaj,
A superb closed-wing macro of the Gram Blue, the sharpness of this capture making it stand out so well against the green bokeh. Excellent composition and POV too.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-18 22:46]

Hi Pankaj

Great shot - lovely POV with excellent isolation of the ubject.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-18 22:59]

Very nice photo, Pankaj.
Excellent POV and DOF, very nice colors, lovely contrasting BG and really good sharp details.
Bravo and TFS
Regards Siggi

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-18 23:08]


THe OOF BG and DOF are very good in this pic. I like the sharpness and detail of the subject in your well composed pic.

You have now mastered your 70-300mm for macro shots, Pankaj.
The image is immaculate in every respect and the plain green BG is perfect for the subject.
Well done and all the best.

Hi Pankaj,
great shot with excellent sharpness and composition.
Colors and background are very beautiful.
TFS Tatjana

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-19 1:55]

hi pankaj,
lovely image all because of the perfect and contrasting backgound which i always used to point in your images. this is simple and very neat one. is this full frame or cropped one, this lens seems to be good when used macro mode. tfs.

Hello Pankaj,

Wonderful picture of this butterfly. Great POV, DOF an sharpness. Very beautiful composition. Splendid colours.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-19 2:52]

Hello Pankaj,

What a fine photo with such a good image! The sharpness of the image is impressive as even wing's texture can be clearly seen. The colors are rendered wonderfull being vivid and natural.
There is an excelent contrast between the insect and the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-19 4:51]

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent sharp details in this photo. Very beautiful contrasting colours, also in the BG. Great composition, POV and DOF.

Hello Pankaj.
More a beauty of image!
Excellent colors and contrast; shot very well detailed.
A composition clear and beautiful.
Josť Roberto

The picture is a gem, perhaps why the name sounds gem-like in quality..gram yellow is an old mountain term for the color of gold dust in a gold pan..placer gold that is...

Wonderful mixture/blending of complex colours and designs...designs within designs...very nicely done..and simply framed as you do so well.

Hi Pankaj
Excellent macro capture of this beautiful gram blue butterfly with wonderful details, nice POV/DOF and composition.
Many thanks for sharing this. Have a nice weekend!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-19 10:57]

Hello Pankaj,
A brilliant capture of this little Blue butterfly from a nice POV. Great sharpness, lovely colours and a fine soft background.
Well done!
(I love the cute little face on your intro page too!!)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-19 10:58]
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Hi Pankaj,

A beautiful capture of this pretty Gram Blue. What is the secret of getting a butterfly in a wonderful position like this? The pose atop the lovely bud is excellent. Beautiful colors and terrific details of the face, antennae and marvelous wing patterns. Background and composition are magnificent.


Hi Pankaj Da,
A very nice capture of this beautiful gram blue. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-19 16:32]

Another beauty Pankaj! Very sharp image, well composed and great details on the flower and the butterfyl, well done, thanks!


Such a tiny butterfly on a tiny plant! The dof really brings out some amazing colors of both the plant and the butterfly. The clarity is amazing, the colors are vivid, and when I see these two contrast against each other, one needing the other to survive, I am reminded of how fragile not only life is, but our environment as well. Kudos for posting a fantastic capture.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-20 1:47]

Hi Pankaj,
Outstanding shot of thisbeautiful Gram Blue with such lovely colours and details on its under-wings. Very neat and sharp image with superb lighting and perfect DOF. I like that classic pose on the 'Coat-button' bud. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

* I will be back.

Ciao Pankaj, elegant gram blue with fine details and wonderful colors, splendid focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Pankaj

between your newst posting and this one, i choosed this one
because here i love more the blurred green vegetation
of the background, fine POV, with excellent sharpness
and details of the foreground, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-23 2:39]

Hello Pankaj,
Cute little Blue in ideal position on the flowerhead. I also appreciate pictures with fine and harmonious colours, what is indeed the case here. The green background is most beautiful and is the perfect complement to the butterfly's wings. Well done.
Have a nice day

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