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Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-04 13:36
Viewed: 2981
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) warming himself in the morning sun. It can be tricky to catch members of the Blue family (Lycaenidae) with their wings open. If the day is warm they are generally either flying around or resting with their wings folded. I find the best time is around 1 1/2 to 2 hours after dawn in the summer months. They will often perch on a grass stalk facing downwards as in this picture. This angle catches the most light from the sun, warming them up more rapidly.

It is the commonest blue in the UK, and possibly in Europe as well. The caterpillars feed on Bird's Foot Trefoil and other related plants. It is not as sensitive to habitat destruction as other blues.

The shot has been cropped and lightly sharpened.

Warning! Macro photography can make you turn into a tortoise! My wife took an image of me as I was taking photos of this butterfly - I have posted one to the workshop ;p

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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Hi Vinny,
You had sunshine! this morning!! Lucky old you... Early bird certainly caught the worm here. As you say, difficult shot to get, this. And you have perfect sharpness, although I think I detect a bit of noise in the BG. Neat Image to the rescue, perhaps. Thanks.

Buena pose y mucha naturalidad en el color.
Buen trabajo Vinny.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-05 7:04]

Hello Vinny,
Good photo only is too central position of the butterfly. Perfect sharpness and colours, good smooth BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Vinny
a fine capture of this Common Blue taken in a nice pose in the sunlight
the colors are wonderful, i like the symetrical position against the grass stalk
Have a good night

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