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200th Post at last :)

200th Post at last :)
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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: 2009-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Valerie's favorite pictures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-05 8:54
Viewed: 5768
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 136
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Time runs very quickly. Sometimes I do not keep up with it. However, I am happy to share my 200th picture here.

It is charming Cardinal - Argynnis pandora, which allowed me to come nearer to her and take a whole series of macro shots at magnification ratio 1:1. Some info about this species you can find here: Cardinal.

This day I must say that I cannot live without you, my friends, without your pictures and interesting stories, feelings, troubles and pleasures, heartfelt comments and criticism. And all these years were and continue to be the best period in my modern life. Many thanks to all of you, my dear friends.

With love, yours Alexei.

I have corrected ID of this beautiful butterfly with help of Ivan Cruyz (Argus). Thanks a lot, Ivan, dear friend and great expert.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To JoseMiguel: We are waiting for you, dear friend.Alex99 1 12-07 07:45
To XOTAELE: What a pleasure. What a surprise.Alex99 1 12-07 07:42
To Argus: Oh, my mistake.Alex99 1 12-05 09:46
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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-05 9:00]

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations ...!
"Queen of Spain" a beautiful portrait.
Sharp detail and color are great.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Alexei
You were lucky to have such a patient subject - and you have made the most of this opportunity. Very well controlled flash to capture some exquisite detail and colour. First class work!
Kind Regards

hello Alex
congratulations for your course in the space and for your very good collection! you celebrate it with one impressive and splendidly photographed close up, wonderful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-05 9:05]

Hi Alex,it's an anniversary day today..1000 for Silvio,500 for me and 200 for you...and nothing better to celebrate this moment,your macro is a wonderful and professional work,incredibles sharpness,details and colors,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-05 9:08]

Hello Alexei,
a highly appropriate 200th contribution! This first-class butterfly portrait shows minute
details very clear and sharp. Also the colours are excellently reproduced.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-05 9:09]

Hi Alexel . Many congratulations my friend. Now this is what i call a macro shot. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail.Your use of the flash has given bright but natural colours. I can see every little hair around the face. Well taken TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-05 9:20]

Privet Alexei,
Congratulations on your 200th post.This an another excellent macro shot.Details and sharpness are amazing.I liked POV,exposure and visual impact also a lot.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-05 9:34]
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Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on reaching your 200th posting on TN, though I would say that you are a man of quality rather than quantity!
You celebrate the milestone with a superb close macro of Argynnis pandora, the red at the base of the forewing being the reason for the ID.
The sharpness and lighting with the use of flash are superb and its great to see the eye, tongue and base of wing in such sharp detail.
Thanks and I look forward to the next 200!
Best regards to you,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-05 9:56]

Hello Alex,
What an amazing macro for your 200th posting. Congratulations.
Sharpness and details are really perfect. Every little detail is visible. Fantastic colours with the best use of flash. Great OOF BG, composition and POV.
Thanks for the superb quality you showed us in every photo.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-05 9:56]

Hi Alexei,
Что макроса факт, что представление этих насекомых! Супер идеи и детали, цвета класс! Поздравления.
Чудесный вечер,

Hello Alexei,

Superb macro.
Light,focus and DOF are splendid.
Excellent colours and definition.
Good composition.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-05 10:40]

Hola amigo,
sobresaliente macro,
fina realización y detalles.
congratulations for 200 master pieces.

Hi Alexei. Best compliments for your 200th post with this superb close up in excellent details, great focus and clarity. Well done and TFS.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-05 11:07]

Hi Alexei,
you thank us but we should thank you for a long series of interesting top-notch pictures with your personal notes always worth reading. I'm always glad to reach out to Odessa and say hello to an "old" friend there, Alexei! I add my Congratulations! for your latest shot that happens to be your 200th. You confront us with a face that I think nobody has ever seen before. The scales, the hairs, the galea, the EYES! So, thanks again Alexei.
Best regards

Hi Alex,
congrats - or should I say congrats to all the members here that we have the great pleasure to have you here with us with all your fantastic postings?!?
Wow - this one is worth to be number 200!
So close, that's what I love.
And the sharpness is amazing - f25, ok!
Very well done, I like it so much.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-05 11:21]

Hello Alexei
A top quality image that present a butterfly portrait. Excellent work!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-05 11:37]

First of all, congratulation for your 200th post.
Second, this post is amazing!
Wonderful macro of this lovely Argynnis pandora portrait!
Details are fantastic, and the colors are perfect.
Congratulation again!

Hello Alexei,

A fantastic macro with such beautiful colors & fine details. Great POV & composition. Very well taken & presented. TFS & best compliments.

Congratulations on your 200th on TN...well done!

Best regards


Hello Alexei,
Marvellous details and sharpness. Outstanding colours and great composition.

Hello Alexei, excellent close-up shot of a face of a butterfly.
Superb. and congaratulations for your milestone.
TFS and regards,

Hello Alexei,
"super" fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness with impressive detail, perfect management of the exposure with marvellous colours, a very pleasing composition with a very good visual impression
Best regartds

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-05 12:36]

Hello Alexei,
congratulation on 200 postings and what a good one to do it with. Fabulous colors and sharp details show off the beauty of this species excellently. Just an incredible capture.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei, great close-up shot with nice composition, details and colours. conrats on your 200 post on TN.
TFS and regards,

Hello Alexei,
What a beauty! The details are fantastic, including the eye, the tongue, the hairs with nice reflections. Congratulations for your 200 posts and many thanks for your active and friendly participation to TN. Have a nice sunday,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-05 13:57]

Hi Alex!

I would like to congratulate you for your anniversary and, at the same time, to thank you for your very valuable contribution here on TN. You are one of the pillars of this community and it's always a pleasure to look at your postings and to read your critiques.

For your anniversary, you offer us a superb present in the form of this picture. The insect is as beautiful as the picture that is, moreover, technically perfect. You spoil us with high quality pictures, and I just hope that you will keep spoiling us for a long time.

Kind regards


hello Alexei

congratulations for your 200th photo on TN,
celebrating it with a superb insect portrait macro photo,
shot with fine POV, superb focus GREAT sharpness and details,
and i love the warm luminosity of the image, TFS


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-12-05 14:30]

Ale wielkie oko! poza tym kolory i ostrość jest rewelacyjna.

congratulations on the milestone of 200 posts,Alexei!
super macro of Argynnis pandora with an astonishing detail and a perfect definition

thanks and tfs sERGIO

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-12-05 17:23]

Ya sabíamos que dominabas la técnica Alexei, pero lo interesante de esta toma es como combinas esta ampliación con el conjunto de elementos. Creo que le has sacado un buen partido a los colores y a las texturas y has sabido trabajar además muy bien la luz.
Enhorabuena por tu foto 200.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Your 200 pictures on TN are like gems to be cherished and adored, Alexei.
My heartiest congratulations to you on your 200th posting.
This magnificent macro image of a butterfly's face, especially the eye, is the testament of the standard and quality of your work. I rate you among the top 5 nature photographers on TN who have lent this website its existing dignity and class.
This briilant macro picture suits the occasion extremely well.
I wish you all the best for your next 100!

Warm congratulation for your 200th post!
Another great capture today:a beautiful macro,with wonderful details and colors.

Hi MF Alexei,

Congratulations! on your reaching this great milestone on TN!
This is truly impeccable macro capture, you've managed to focus in on the eyes of cardinal b-fly very nicely.
The pose, DOF/POV and composition are also wonderful.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


Ciao Alexei, congratulations for your splendid 200th post on TN my friend, yesterday great celebrations for you, me and Luciano, fantastic details of wonderful A. pandora, excellent sharpness, beautiful colors and lovelyblurry BG, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Alexei

Well done on 200 posts. Great macro here, the details are awesome, excellent sharpness.


Hello Alexei,
Congratulations for your 200th posting
I'm still impressed by the incredible sharpness of your macro photos !
Thanks for sharing this superb photo
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-06 4:22]

Hello Alexei,
At first Congratulations for your 200th posting. You slowly move forward, but you leave almost only little jewels behind you..
This is an extraordinary beautiful shot for its colors and composition. You know I'm not an adept of magnified eyes, but on this picture we discover so many different details, scales, colors, we never would have noticed otherwise.
I thank you and hope that you still will find time for your great postings.
Kind regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-12-06 4:51]

Hello Alexei,
My congratulations on your 200th post.
Very impressive macro with such high magnification, perfectly chosen settings. Thanks for very interesting your critiques.
Regards, Pawel

Hello my friend, and congratulations for your 200th in TN, a perfect super close up of a feeding moth in fine, natural colours. I loved that huge, staring eye!
TFS and cheers,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-12-06 7:43]

salut Alexei,
Even pressed you delivers us a magnificent image. 200th fine lady with a high-level quality, brilliant details, radiant colors.

Hello Alexei,

what an extremely good macro shot with exellent details.
Fine colours.


Hi Alexei,

Congratulations on your 200th post and also for achieving jumbo mark in such a short time!

This contribution from you is no exception! A perfect facial macro capture from a lovely butterfly with nice details! The colors of the butterfly are very well shown and perfectly natural. The sharpness and POV are great.

best regards,

Hola Alex,
una fantástica macro.
Preciosos detalles y muy buena nitidez.
Cordiales saludos, JL

Privet Alexei,
What splendid image has you brought to us!
Quantity and quality of details are so enjoyable here, more than proper lighting and fascinating view of that eye.
It was great to catch you again in one of your post.
My compliments and thanks for all of your contributions to this community.
Take care,

  • caspian Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
  • [2009-12-06 14:43]

Hi Alexei,

Great macro...Congratulations...
Was accompanied by a beautiful shot wonderful colors.
Point of view, light and clarity are very impressive trilogy.
Wonderful composition. TFS

Best Regards,

Hello Alexei
Congratulations for your 200th post on TN,
superb macro shot of this great face with beautiful yellow eyes
wonderful details and very nice POV
Have a good night

  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-06 16:48]

Dear Alexei,
Congratulations about both: Birthday and todays picture. Very well captured and amazing composition of this colourful specie. Thanks for posting one more beauty image and see you on TN.
Best wishes,

PS: unfortunately my green faces finished today, but you deserve a lot of them. Congratulations one more time.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-07 9:27]

Hello Alexei,
I'm very sorry, Alexei, but I think I must be one of your last friends to congratulate you on reaching this milestone! Still, here I am and I'm so glad you're still with us here showing your wonderful images and hope you'll be able to continue doing so for a loooong time! This is a splendid macro of this butterfly showing fantastic details and with great focus on the eye. Beautiful colours too and well composed.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alex,

CONGRATULATION on your 200th Beautiful post
This is a FANTASTIC MACRO shot
AMAZING sharp details
Perfect colors, light and use of flash


Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your 200th post. I wish you many hundreds here. During this period, you sent 200 great shot and I visit always pleasurely. I learn many things from your notes and photo informations. many thanks my friend.
this is also wonderful shot and great selection to celebrate. sharp details excellent. exposure and composition also superb, as like POV and colors. thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-07 17:19]

WOW!!! What a great macro Alexei,
The detail is super fine and the DOF is exceptional. Such a beautiful butterfly shown in a new perspective. The detail and colors are awesome!! Wonderful work!!

Hello Alexei,

Yes I can count the hairs..!
It is a fine portrait of this little fellow, except that he looks huge here hehehe...
An excellent super-macro with pin sharp details!


Pablo -

Hi Alexei

congratulations on 200...
I have to say that you have shown me a completely different aspect to photography from one I would never have considered previously. the detail in your macro work is stunning and I continue to be fascinated by what you see. keep up the good work please.

great sharpness and detail as always with your unusual composition that makes your work so uniquely yours.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-12-08 15:18]

200 at last, but i hope not last!

Une tres belle prise!
Jolies couleurs et bonne composition.


hi alexei!
Congratulations on your 200th post!
great close-up whith perfect sharpness
well done!

Hello Alexei,
sorry I'm a bit late, Congrats on your 200th picture on TN.
Almost all of your pictures are great, members could learn a lot from them, like exposure, White Balance and composition.
And this is no exception, perfect exposure with correct WB with nice and natural colours.
The picture is also very sharp with tons of details.
Great work my Friend.

Best Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-11 13:01]

Hi Alexei,

A magnificent close-up of this butterfly for your 200th post. Congratulations. The colors, details and textures are marvelous. I have loved every picture you have posted - but even more important than that I am proud to have you for a friend. Here's to the next 200 - no longer how long it might take.


Hello Alexei
congratulation to your 200th post. A very ncie contribution for this day
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-14 8:09]

Hi Alexei
Sorry I had miss that one.First let me congradulated you on your 200th posting hoping to see a lot more of your excellent work.What an outstanding macro.Razor sharp image with fantastic detail.The colors are beautiful and the dark BG make them in evidence.
Great work and TFS Michel

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-12-15 5:01]

Hi Alexei , congratulations on your 200th posting here on TN , and wow what a stunning Macro it is. I notice you are now shooting with a Nikon too , and sure are making out well with this camera and lens. the image shows amazing detail and color , certainly a great photo for your 200th post. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-18 11:57]

Only 200?? It seems like so many more you share with my friend. I am pleased that i am privaliged to be able to see you photography. I hope you share at least another 200! The detail and clarity in this one is superb. Perfect!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-19 12:31]

Great close-up showing fine details, accurate focus, pretty colour and light.
Greetings and TFS.

Most woderful, indeed.
P.S. Mother-in-law is still in Hospice; have been most busy... she is growing weaker by the day. So very sad.

  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-23 21:04]
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Hi Alex

Sorry, I am out of smileys for the day, but I just had to make this call before I depart
for the Christmas weekend. I couldn't go past this incredible macro of the "charming
Cardinal". Wow, it is mindboggling sharp details you achieved from the f/25 aperture
and the colours are really out of this world. And before I forget, I have to give you my
sincere and jubilant CONGRATULATIONS for your 200th post here on the site. You
certainly made a tremendous contribution to TrekNature and I hope we will have the
privilege and still see many more of your fabulous postings in the years to come.

To you and your loved ones I wish a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2010.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-01 4:19]

Hi alex,
superbs...superbs shot.
What a detailed shot. the eyes, the patterns and everything is astonishingly produced.
Excellent job.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-01-02 10:14]

Hello Alexei,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 200th post. I am happy that I was around to wish you on this occasion.( A bit belated, but better late than never, isn't it?:))
A beautiful close up of the butterfly taken with excellent quality. Remarkable sharpness and details - I think I can count the hairs. Colours are superbly captured and reproduced.
Thanks for the share and may you reach the 300th soon,

Dear Alexei,
overwhelmingly powerful, very precise and colourful portrait of this most beautiful fritillary in a stunning super close-up. So much to discover here! You allow us to enter a fascinating world hidden from our eyes with your superbly handled precision equipment. Excellent work, sending a lot of energy, pleasure and joy.
Sorry for having been absent from TN site since many weeks due to too much work and a state of exhaustion. Thank you so much for your repeated kind visits to my site during those weeks of my absence. Glad to be back here and to see your overwhelming latest works, my dear friend. My congratulations to you for this work - very fitting to celebrate your posting number 200!
Happy 2010 to you and your family. With warmest regards and all my best wishes to you,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-01-25 18:47]

Hi Alexei,
A wonderfully sharp macro oimage showing another wonder of nature. The colours are realistic. An excellent macro lens for this job. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alex again,
A little bit late congratulations for reaching the 200 post border, but better later than never... Absolutely excellent macro, fantastic shot. A true masterpiece. The least I can do is bookmarking it with my little green star. Tfs.
Friendly regards, László

Hello Alexei !
One of the most beautiful butterfly close-ups I hav ever seen ! Such amazing details, with each tiny hair pin sharp, I could almost count them if I had time ! :-) Even the scales on the wings can be seen. Amazing. I also like the vivid colors of this picture, so nice to look at on a grey and dull day of winter. Very well done !

Hi Alexei.

Congratulations on 200th excellent images posted on TN. A big feat with the exceptional quality and details.

This is such a fine close macro with this compound eye popping out of my screen. Great framing and beautiful work with your camera.

Best regards.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-02 14:37]

Hello Alexei! What can I say? PERFECT! Thanks for that fine post!


Hello Alexei. Nice to meet you again.
Congratulations for you 200th. post, and for all the following ones. This is a pleasure for the view. Beatiful lighting and details. I love the contrast of the green eye with that beautiful red marking on the wing.
It is a pity I only have a 5Kbps inet connection at the moment and is imposible to view more photos from your gallery. Hope to be able to see them soon.
Regards, and thanks for your kind comments,

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