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Small copper

Small copper
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Horia's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-25 7:43
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Copper, American Copper or the Common Copper, Lycaena phlaeas, is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or Blues family. It is a common and widespread little butterfly.
The upperside forewings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindwings are dark with an orange border. Some females also have a row of blue spots inside the orange border and are known as form caeruleopunctata. The undersides are pattenered in a similar way but are paler. The black spots on the forewings are outlined in yellow and the dark colouring is replaced by a pale brownish, gray. The hindwings are the same brown/grey colour with small black dots and a narrow orange border. The caterpillars (larvae) are usually green, but some have a purple stripe down the middle of the back and along each side.

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Hi Horia!

You present us a very beautiful picture! I particularly like the intense colour tones and the brightness. This creates a joyful and very pleasant effect. Moreover, the composition with the nicely blurred background highlights the butterfly's beauty and rich deatils at best.

Kind regards


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-25 8:32]

Este o fotografie minunata, culorile sunt in armonie cu ssubiectul, compozitie buna, fara suprafete intinse cu nici un interes (neclare, nu au nici un cuvint de spus!)Felicitari!

Buna Horia.
Fluturele asta Marocan arata superb,si poza ta are niste minunate culori "calde".E bine ca ne mai alunga frigul instalat zilele astea in oase.
Multe salutari.Alin.

Wow! Amazing shot! The colours, sharpness and shallow dof look charming. I specially like the out of focus yellow flowers in the bg rhyming so beautifully with the main flower in the foreground. Also the patch of green on the far right bottom goes well with the other colours. However, I would have loved to see how it looks without the out of focus green branch at the left bottom! Anyways, thanks for sharing such an wonderful image.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-25 9:12]

Frumoasa compozitia, o poza plina de culoare asa cum ne-ati obisnuit
Numai bine

Ciao Horia, splendid composition with lovely butterfly on beautfiul flowers, lovely blurry BG, fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Horia,
The colors and clarity is amazing.
Excellent performance.
Thanks and regards

Hi Horia,
What a festival of impressive hues! umppecable background, almost artisitic. A precise and well focused Lycaenid on flower, suitable central location. A shot very pleasent to eye. TFS/ Regards, Jesús

hello Horia
Yes this is very good
So great sharpness and good light with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-25 10:56]

Hello Horia,
What a fantastic clarity in this photo. The colours are a festival for the eye. Splendid colour contrasts. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Very beautiful OOF BG. Ideal POV.

Hello Horia,
a superb macro shot of the Small Copper, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours, a very pleasant composition with a wonderful colourful BG.
Best regards

Hi Horia,

Last summer I tried to capture the same species but I wasn'n succesful as your performance. This one looks (I mean yours) very nice. You managed very well the light and the main object was very well seperated from blurry BG. Orange-red wings look superb against yellow petals. I enjoyed it.


Ciao Horia. An excellent lightning compo with brilliant colours. Good POV and perfect DOF.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-25 12:25]

Hi Horia. A very colourful Small Copper butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. From this POV we can see the wing markings. It stands out well from the plain BG. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-25 12:51]

Hello Horia,
beautiful Small Copper butterfly shot.Very nice composition,with well saturated colours.Good DOF and POV.The details of the butterfly's wings are in good focus.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hello Horia,
Fantastic capture with rich colors and fine details (including the blue spots of this beauty. TFS,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-25 14:06]

Hi Horia

Excellent pov with very good detail and colour. Well seen and captured.


hello Horia

excellent and very beautiful photo of this butterfly
over his flower, very fine POV, DOF and the way it
is framed, superb focus sharpness and details,
very beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-25 15:40]

Hi Horia,

A magnificent Small Copper posing on the pretty yellow flower. I love the wing position of the butterfly and the beautiful colors and details. The background is so pretty with the wonderful shades and truly enhances the picture.


Bonsoir Horia
C'est un macro magnifique que tu nous as envoyé.la composition est très belle les couleurs sont claires et vives de ce beau papillon avec un très beau BG.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-25 18:14]

Hello Horia,
Bright vivid colors, razor sharp and well composed macro image. Great quality image Horia, thank you for sharing.

hello Horia,
manages warm colors so much well, with your beautiful composition one splendid macro photo, bravo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-26 3:05]

Hello Horia,
This macro of a Small Copper is superb! The POV is great and shows its features with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting against a pleasing OOF natural BG. Nicely composed on the yellow Composite flower too.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Horia,
Grand stunning photograph of Small copper with picture postcard kind composition. TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-26 4:05]

Hi Horia,
very wonderfully captured in excellent brightness and superbs colours. I like the rich colours in excellent details and features.
Well presented.


Hello Horia
Great colors, sharpness and dof!
Background also beautiful!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-26 5:24]

Hello Horia,
Very colorful and shining this Small Copper picture. We just find again the southern light and tints. Amazing sharpness on the wings of the butterfly. Very well done.
thanks and kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-26 6:43]

Excellent image with vibrant colors. tfs.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-01-26 7:54]

Hello Horia!

Very well known to me specie. You photographed it in great way with nice, saturated colours and details. POV is good with well composed insect and flower. Great macro.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-26 14:02]

Seara buna dear Horia,
foarte scurt si simplu: foarte frumos, exceptionala captura.
Cred ca te-ai apucat de pictat si faci tablouri cu fluturi ! Te-am ... prins.
O seara calduroasa,

Hello Horia
fantastic shot of this Small Copper, the colors are amazing,
I love the sharp detailed wings, the sunlight on the yellow flower, the lovely blurred BG and the superb DOF
have a good night

Hi mF Horia,

Stunning close-up capture of this small copper butterfly from lateral POV providing us all upperwing details and pattern with perfect exposure and DOF.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Horia
nice to see such a great summer shots in these cold winter days. this is great macro shot of very beautiful Small Copper, with sharp focus, warm colors and great exposure. composite flowered composition and exposure also great. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekend

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2010-03-04 10:02]

Dear Horia,
Many congrats for this lovely photo! It is wonderful with great color, shapness and super composition! Its like a poetry and make me happy...
Thanks for sharing!
Love from,

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