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Male P. icarus

Male P. icarus
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 200, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-23 8:17
Viewed: 3165
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus, male.

A few days ago I posted a picture of a female Common Blue and today here is her mate, from the same field in the Piedmontese Alps.

Most members of TN are very familiar with this insect by now, but I am continuing to investigate the best ways to use the Sigma 180mm prime macro lens, and so any comments you may have would be most welcome. The picture has been cropped, resized, noise reduced and selectively sharpened in Photoshop Elements.

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Hello Alan,
Nice picture of this Common Blue. The butterfly stands out from the off background. TFS/

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-23 8:36]

Very simple and beautiful image, fine composition and excellent background to make this butterfly to standout. The brightness on the wings could be subdued, if possible, to get some more contrast on the blue. Good use of your lens. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-23 14:44]

Hi Alan,one of the most common butterfly in my country...and as i can see you take that near me..ehhee...surely one of the best macro in your gallery,the sharpness is very high...you're on the right way whit this macro lens! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-23 14:51]

Hello Alan,
Good settings, only light is too soft from here colors aren't so alive as one should.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Alan
Nice capture and good clarity.

Hello Alan,
a very beautiful picture of the Common Blue, excellent POV and composition, very good sharpness and splendid colours.
Best regards

Ciao Alan, beautiful little butterfly, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-06-24 22:41]

une jolie image de cette insecte.
macro réussi avec des detailles.


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