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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
Photo Information
Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 60mm EF-S Macro, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 11:30
Viewed: 3417
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mid September has bought cold and cloudy weather. It was a hard time for taking photos with insects. One morning despite the cold weather sun was shining. I decided it was time to go find insects.

The large garden of my friend, located in one of Brasov districts, seemed to me being the best location. Some small butterflies were flying here and there. As temperature was not high butterflies flights were short and slow. I fallowed one of them and saw it landed on the ground. As far as I could determine it was a Polyommatus icarus male.

Insect was moving, from one place to other, on the ground. From time to time it was sucking the moisture from the soil. To my surprise I was allowed getting very close. I fallowed the butterfly for a couple of minutes apparently without being observed. In this time I took some photos. This is one I liked more.

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Hi Cristian
Blue on brown. I like the surrounding. It looks great - vivid butterfly on brown background. Quite good sharpness and nice composition with buttefly on the left side

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-27 11:34]

Hello Cristian!
Excellent, detailed macro of small Lycanidae. Composition is great, focus spot-on, great, blue shades on wings. Very good post.

Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-27 12:26]

Hi Cristian. What a beautiful butterfly which you have captured with fine detail and bright colours. A nice top POV so we can see the open wings. well done ,TFS . Good notes too.

  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 13:15]

Hello Cristian! Very nice image, the backgrounds colors make the blue of the butterfly even more impressive! Well done, thanks!


:-) tomorrow

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-27 14:14]

Hello Cristian,
Beautiful contrasting colours in this photo. Good sharpness and an excellent composition. Nice POV.

What a gorgeous little gem... such a beautiful brillant blue Cristian. Composition is perfect, detail is great and so is the DOF. Well done and a pleasure to view. TFS


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-27 14:22]

Hola Cristian, buen macro, suvidad en la definición con buen detalle, tonos de color atractivos muy naturales y buen control de la luz.
Un saludo

Hi Cristian,

good macro shot of this blue butterfly.
Exelent detais and beautiful colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-27 15:43]

Wooooowwwww!Great! One of the best polyommatus of this season,the quality of colors is at the top,you choose a perfect moment and a perfect light,the result is simply fantastic!My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello Cristian,
the blue livery of this polymmatus
is extremely vivid and colorful.
bravo to you captured with a POV
excellent that the quality stands out

greetings sERGIO

Hello Cristian

This is a beautiful capture of this small blue butterfly.The open wing pose is excellent,the details are sharp and well defined.
Wonderful colours and lighting.
The blues over here are hard to catch in this pose,great job.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-27 22:24]

hi cistian,
you have captured the blue colors very well, nice composition and position of the blue. tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-27 23:44]

Hello Cristian,
Excellent capture of the Common Blue in beautiful light that's brought out the lovely colours of the wings. Great sharpness and a fine ontrasting background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-28 2:23]

Hello Cristian,
The POV and contrast against the bare earth make this a fine late summer capture of a male P. icarus with the wings open.
The sharpness is good and the composition pleasing.
TFS this beauty,

Ciao Cristian, elegant little butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is among my favorites in butterflies due to the colours and delicate furry covering...wonderful image Cristan. the earthen backdrop does good for it..!

Hello Cristian,
Lovely blue colours against a difficult background, as ever a problem with small drinking butterflies. Nice composition despite the difficulties. Thanks.

Hi Cristian, a great macro capture of this blue butterfly with wonderful composition and details.
TFS and cheers,

What a beauty! I wish that we had those butterflies here as well but I have never seen one. I like this composition, excellent details and colors. This is very nice!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-29 6:09]

Hello Cristian, beautiful color and you have shown the body structure and wing pattern. Well shot and great work. Ganesh tmrw smiley

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