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Southern Speckled Wood

Southern Speckled Wood
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-05 3:35
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria aegeria
Swedish name: Sydlig Kvickgräsfjäril

This is the nominate form of the Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria aegeria), the orange ground colour distinguishing it from the N. European subspecies P. aegeria tircis that has a creamy yellow ground colour.

This form is found mainly in the Mediterranean countries and further north an intermediate form between this and form tircis occurs.

It is certainly one of the most common species of butterfly that occur in Mallorca, one or two appearing in most of the more lush sheltered sites. They bask in the sunshine but like to fly in the shade of trees and bushes.

This was taken with my camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft) After moderate cropping and size reduction this was sharpened.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-05 3:53]

Hi Ivan,
We have recently encountered in the woods with this beautiful ...
was closed and a kind of wings did not get up
We have very good posture.
excellent details and colors
have a nice day,

Hello Ivan

Merci pour les descriptifs du papillon - j'ai photographié ce papillon dans mon jardin (publié dans Trek Nature recemment)

Une très belle image qui met en valeur tout les les détails.


Hello Ivan,

Beautiful shot of this Southern Speckled Wood, the patterns and colours are beautiful, excellent detail, framing and compositions spot on, lovely work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-05 5:46]

Hello Ivan,
This butterfly is so beautiful!! The colors, lighting, details are all magnificent. A lovely open winged pose with the pretty leaves behind it.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
a beautiful macro shot of a male Pararge aegeria aegeria, very good sharpness and splendid colours, very nice composition.
Best regards.

Ciao Ivan, splendid Pararge with wonderful colors, great DOF, beautiful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-05 6:20]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,lighting,framing and DOF are excellent.
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)
  • [2009-05-05 7:01]

Hello Ivan,
Another very beautiful and technically excellent photo. You managed the heavy light very well. Great colours and sharp as always. Good diagonal composition and POV. Beautiful OOF BG.

Great capture from your holiday trip, Ivan.
It is a bright and delightful capture with sharp and crisp details and colours on the spread out wings of this exotic butterfly.
Thanks for sharing it.
BTW, how is Ulla? I happened to browse through her rich gallery on Pbase the other day.

hello Ivan
very fine glance,beautiful macro scene with perfect colours

Hi dear Ivan ,
So nice macri.
It has great BG and nice sharpness.
Excellent composition too.


Hej Ivan
for last two weeks, I was away from TN. Now I came back and I can visit your last posts. This is great macro shot for very beautiful Southern Speckled Wood. great focus and colors. POV/DOF and composition also very nice. good informative notes as always. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

Hi Ivan,
I'm beginning to appreciate how difficult butterfly photography can be.
We don't see very many down here on the 'Wet' Coast but recently there have been 2 or 3 Monarchs frequenting the Coreopsis flowers in my garden.
They seem to be very nervous though,and fly off when you get within a metre of them.
Consequently,I don't yet have a clear shot of them.
I'm not sure what they're doing here now anyway .... its almost winter !
Cheers & TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-05 12:10]

Hi Ivan. It looks like yu had a good time on your hoilday. This one is so sharp with fine detail in the wing markings. Which we can see from your POV. It stands out so well from the plain BG. well done TFS.

Hi Ivan. Good POV in excellent light and DOF.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-05 15:43]

Hi Ivan,after the Inachis,it seem now in Europe is the Pararge's moment.Surely one of the best of this year,the light of sun help you to had the best result in sharpness and colors,my best compliments,Luciano

Un angulo interesante de toma con el colorido y naturalidad que hacen un documento naturistico util para conocer la fauna de otros continentes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-05 16:22]

Hi Ivan,

Everything is beautiful - wasn't that song? The Speckled Wood, the leaves, the background , colors, details, textures - everything. What makes it so special to my eyes are how the colors of the leaves and butterfly blend so perfectly with the background. Did I say this was beautiful?


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-05-05 17:42]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Me es muy grato siempre poder admirar sus fotos y leer las notas escritas en todos sus trabajos aqui.
Verdaderamente hermosa y fina imagen.
Muy buen trabajo Don Ivan.

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful Southern Speckled Wood from a wonderful POV. Excellent colors and clarity. The details of the body, head and wings are razorsharp. A lovely setting and composition.

I like the offset for sure but am miffed by how you did some trickery in the depth of field...It is somethign I have seen only with special lenses...luck? Or did you know what you were doing...for whatever it certainly worked out!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-06 4:06]
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Hello Ivan,
This Speckled Wood has almost a copper color and it literally shines in the sun. Typical pose of the butterfly on the fresh leaf. Well composed picture, like always.
Just a question: is Epistrophe diaphana a different species from Syrphus ribesii? I will rectify the note afterwards, but I'm not a 100% sure.
Thanks a lot
Meilleures pensées

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-06 4:06]

Hi Ivan,
lovely shot of the butterfly. The soft background really pushes the subject into a superbs image. The sharpness and details are lovely.
Nice composition cutting acroos the diagonal.
Well depicted with good depth.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-06 4:15]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
İdeal yakınlıkta ve ışık altında, oldukça detaylı bir foto sunmuşsunuz. Kanat renkleri ve desenleri çok hoş görünüyor. Tebrikler.


Hello Ivan
a superb shot of this Southern Speckled Wood, great sharpness of both butterfly and leaf, nice BG and very good 3D effect
very well done

Hola Ivan
Gracias por el comentario que me has dado, pero realmente tus imagenes si que son buenas, las he estado mirando y son excelentes en coloridos y calidad, sigue mostrandonos tus artes.
Yo solo soy un aficionado, espero poder tener la suerte de hacer lo que tu haces.
Un saludo Antonio

Hi Ivan,

Nice detail and color, good out-of-focus background, and an interesting butterfly.


Hi Again Dostum, an awesome macro capture of S Speckled Wood with excellent details and wonderful composition.
TFS and cheers,

hello Ivan

excellent photography with the very fine POV and framing,
very beautiful luminosity, superb focus with great sharpness
and details, TFS


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