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Welcome to my garden

Welcome to my garden
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/19, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-03-14 5:12
Viewed: 5444
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I address these words not only to rare for our places moth but also to all our TN-members. Let's make a small excursion on my garden.

My plot has rectangular form which is extended form North to South exactly as a direction of a camera glance on the shot.

Pictured flowers grow on the right side of the house. Thus there is a flower bed in the western part of the plot near the house. In front of the southern side of the house the grass lawn is placed. In the morning it is flooded with sun beams.

In these early morning hours the flower bed is shadowed by house. However, the grass lawn is lighted up perfectly. In the distance behind the lawn you can see our fruit tree garden, where trees are landed on all width of a plot (from East to West)

The truth is that the garden is not very attractive for birds and insects. However, flowerbed is. Birds like more surrounding deserted plots and woodland belt, which separates plots of our garden cooperative and agricultural fields. They (as well as butterflies) like lawn so much only in the hot summer days when my wife pours it.

In any case, I welcome all wild creatures to visit my garden and to be pictured there. And I am very pleased with this moth, which gifted me two days of warm commutation and fascinating photo sessions.

I have added WS for the valid reason.

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nice to see first visitor to your great macro-shot. focus great, POV/OOF and colors splendid. greatly composed. thanks for sharing, Alexei
best wishes my friend

Hello Alexei
Thanks for the invitation to visit your garden !
This a great picture,well composed, I like the vivid colours and contrasts on the green BG
Warmest regards

Dear Alexei,
so here it is, Amata #3, and I am happy to sit in front of my computer just when it arrived!
Unusual creative point of view, well balanced composition, excellent handling of light. However, I do have a bit of a problem here with a too much visible detail of blurred background right behind Amata's head.
Refreshing to see your always refreshing experimental approach combined with your great technical skills.
Thank you! With all my best wishes to you,

Hi Alex,
Great use of the flash to illuminate the colors and enhance the details. The DOF worked out perfectly and allowed for some a nice BG. Could it be that the photo could use a little bit of contrast to eliminate some of the more hazy parts? or would that cause the photo to become too strong in color?

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-14 5:49]

Hello Alexei,
What a wonderful and interesting moth at this flower that you have very well captured . I like the shape of its wings and the yellow bands around its body. Great lighting and POV with the composition being high class.
Best regards Siggi

Another brilliant image of a Nine-spotted Moth, Alexei.
This looks like a bright and sunny day in your garden last summer.
The image is pin sharp and rich in colours. The light plays a great role in making this composition so beautiful.
Warm regards,

Hello Alexei,
thank you for your kinfd invitation, i am sorry to decline this opportunity, but also i am happy to see your wonderful pictures like this one, you have captured very well from a parallel POV with outstanding sharpness, i like the vivid colours and the good BG with the beam of light.
Best regards

You have quite the attractions in your garden for insects and such. Nice opportunities for you to capture with swell and natural beauties as this for a perch. Well seen my professional friend!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-14 7:25]

This moth is a beauty, Alex, and I am glad you described for us your garden. Each garden is different, printed with the unique touch of the gardener. I love it. And may the birds and insects by happy and visit yours frequently. I like those moth pictures, with the brilliant orange flower welcoming the moth. Thank you!


Te has recreado en la escena eh :-)
En este caso el protagonismo es para la flor, donde has captado bien los colores pero la luz casi se te ha escapado. Bien encuadrada.
Saludos Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-14 10:00]

Hi Alex,this unusual and different point of view is a great idea! This pic is simply fantastic,all is perfect,from the light to colors..amd what a impressives details! My great compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

hello Alexei
super composition
great colours and sharpness
greeting lou

Ciao Alexei, lovely moth on a fantastic flower, splendid colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-14 10:26]

Hola Alexei.
Great macro. it has a such a beautiful colors, excelent light and full of fine details.
Thanks for your critiques in my last post.

hello Alexei

thank you to guiding us to your garden,
and a very beautiful photo of this butterfly/insect
with his flower, fine POV, beautiful luminosity of the image,
beautiful vivid colour tones of the flower petals,
excellent contrast, and excellent sharpness and details,



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 11:32]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this charming flower and its cute visitor. Nice sunny image with lovely saturated colours and immaculate sharpness. I would love to visit your garden and share a few moments with you. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Alexei,
Another nice capture of this beautiful moth. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-14 12:37]

Hola amigo,
exquisito trabajo,
foco y excelente pov.
hermosos colores e iluminación,
saludos Alexei.

Helo Alexei
you had an interesting visitor in your garden, I like this black and white moth
and the contrast with the colorful flower
crisp clear details on both subjects
Have a nice WE

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-14 13:24]

Hi Alex!

I'm glad to accept your invitation to visit your garden. The first stop here is very pleasant and I'm glad to be introduced to this wonderful butterfly. I can understand that he has decided to rest here, your garden offers him so beautiful flowers to sit on.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-14 13:25]

Hi Alexei . One more fine shot of this unusual moth, on the brightly coloured flower. It feels like i have been taken around your garden . Your sharp focusing has given fine detail and rich colours. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-14 13:37]

Privet Alexei,
Beautiful close up.Well seen and composed.I liked POV,colors,framing and visual impact a lot.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-14 13:39]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice photo from your garden. The flower and butterfly are very beautiful. Fantastic contrasting colours, POV and an excellent composition.

Both images, to me, a learner, look the same; both are BEAUTIFUL. The one in the WS ???? I sort of like it better!!!
Love your MACRO work; someday am hoping to do Macro photography..... perhaps tomorrow with my new EOS 5D MarkII.
Am still learning to use this new equipment.
We, in Calgary, have ONLY snow & ice. No flowers, insects; even the birds are in hiding!!!
Warm regards,

Hola Alexei,
Bonita composición, con una gran nitidez, luz y bellos colores en los modelos y su entorno, adivinandose el césped del jardín y sus frutales, saludos
Jose Ramón

Hello Alex
elegant composition of vivid colors with beautiful flower, fine details and great sharpness. Exposure and light are optimally balanced.

Hi Alexei,
the shot is so beautiful and I love the colours. I never had the chance to make a shot of this cute moth, have seen it already in Italy, but it never sat down, always flying - no chance for me to capture it.
But you did it perfect, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Alexei!
beautiful and evocative capture over the plane of the flower,that us enter in your garden that appears in the background.
the perfect definition of this macro that shows perfectly focused flower and the Butterfly ....
compliments sERGIO

Witaj Alex
Beauty composition. Moth went out very beautifully. Flower also. Excellent colours. Picture is sharp. You described your garden very nicely.
I want in this year to sow in garden flowers and to lure insects' whole group. It will be successful maybe.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-03-16 8:03]

Hello Alexei,
Thank you for the guided tour of your garden. Seems like you have a beautiful place to live in. And looking at all those winged visitors I think they also quite agree with me.:)
excellent macro work. The moth and the flower looks very attractive against a pleasing green background. I think Peter's suggestion has really helped to add more beauty to the picture.
Excellent POV, sharpness and lightind.
Thanks for the share,

Hi Alexei,

another fine picture from the flower and the Buterfly.
Good pov, dof and unusal composition.
Maybe I had thhe flower beneath cut of the picture or clone it away.


bonsoir alexei
il y a bien lomgtemps que je n'avais pas visité votre galerie et je decouvre avec plaisir cette belle image.
j'aime les couleur et la netteté.
malgré cela vous avez fermé le diaphragme a 19,etait-ce pour montrer votre jardin?

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-16 14:19]

Hello Alexei !
You have such a beautiful visitor in your garden - this moth is truly a gorgeous species ! And the flower he is sitting on is beautiful, too. Sharpness and details are excellent, but I also like the colors, the composition, the POV, the blurred BG showing your garden. I also like the pose of the moth, he looks like he is ready to fly away. Very well done !

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-16 21:37]

Hello Alexei,

You have photographed well this interesting moth. The rear POV you have chyosen shows well the pattern of the wings. Insect's colors makes a fine contrast with those of the flower it is sitting on.

TYhank you for sharing,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-03-17 14:25]

Hi Alexei,

you bring a lot of pleasure to TN watchers with this shot. It has an interesting composition and the moth gives the impression of flying off. I think that taking a shot of the moth from the side and from slightly behind is extremely successful. And the promise of spring ....

My best regards to you and to the Duc de Richelieu :-)

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-03-17 18:19]

Hi Alexei, Good clear close up of this winged visitor. The balance and colours are alluring. TFS. Murray.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-17 23:05]

Another impressive shot Alex,
I like your original POV and composition, great colors and BG
and thanks for inviting us to your garden.. Well done


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-18 23:23]

Hello Alexei,
You seem to have a wonderful garden where you not only grow fruit but attract delightful insects like this day-flying moth.
It is superbly portayed from this side POV with excellent sharpness on the flower against the OOF Bg of your garden.
Thanks and my best wishes to you,

Ciao Alexei, sono contento di risentirti.
Le tue foto sono sempre stupende!



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-20 5:21]

Hi alex,
a very nice parallel shot to the level of perching. Iy makes the capture very majestic and look very gigantic. the clarity is so wonderful and it gives a special 3D effect.
the lighting too is well taken care, but I like the special soft layers of the blurry background.
Brilliant composition.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-03-20 15:29]

Hi Alexei
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hi Alexei,

Very sharp moth captured in your beautiful garden. I like the perch on this stunning flower against t6he half-lit background.

TFS and best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-23 6:54]

Hello Alexei,
Your work is always so perfect my friend, it was makes me happy to view your images and read your notes. Thank you for all the amazing work you do.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-23 10:58]

Hi Alexei,

I see I have missed some beauties while I was on vacation! Thank you for inviting us into your garden - it sounds wonderful. This lovely moth on the pretty flower is marvelous - as is the workshop. Perfect poses, wonderful lighting, fine details and colors. Another example of your marvelous photographic skills and creative talent.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-25 5:50]

Hi Alexei
Nice presentation.Good low POV and excellent composition.Colors are also outstanding.
TFS Michel

Hi Alex
Very interesting idea with relatively wide frame. I like OOF background. Maybe the one thing you could do here is to clone out the flower from the right down corner

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-03-28 12:32]

Hello Alexei
Nice picture with good elements. The colors are natural and vivid, mainly the flower is very interesting and colorful. The details are clean and very sharp.
The composition is wonderful.

This is top quality picture. The butterfly is well in focus. Composition is very please to my eyes.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

a fine title Alexei.
the butterfly is the one who is welcome, when he was sitting with his face to the lens you had made a world shot. Oke I love that flower marvelous pov, great colors fantastic dof, good photo job my friend.\
regard jaap

Dear Alexei,
As you can see, I'm here every day in your gallery to probably lure you back to the site... Thank you so much for introducing your garden. I hope you can photograph many insects and other living creatures there! Great and unusual POV, nice color tones, especially on the WS. I might crop a little more, with just the flower and the moth. However, the way you managed flash is fantastic. Before checking the exif, I only noticed you used flash from the stem of the flower. Incredible job, huge congrats MF.
I hope to see you soon, friendly regards, László

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