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Coenonympha gardetta

Coenonympha gardetta
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies III, Butterflies of Switzerland , Schmetterlinge CH 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 2:06
Viewed: 4312
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my Valais excursions:

when I was with Anne (anel) and Peter (batu) on the Moosalp I wondered why the two showed me this marvelous butterfly without trying to get a shot at it themselves. But I discovered later that both had mounted already excellent pictures of this species on TN. So my turn now: it is the Alpine heath (Lepidoptera; Satyridae; Coenonympha gardetta De Prunner 1798; Alpen- Wiesenvögelchen; le Satyrion) sitting on Juniperus communis.

The species occurs at higher altitudes in the Massiv central (France), the Alps , Crna Gora and Bjeshkët e Namuna (Albania).

In the workshop area I include an improved version (alleviating the effect of the flash). Judge for yourself.

Argus, horias, haraprasan, uleko, siggi, boreocypriensis, Dis. Ac., anel, jpdenk, Luis52, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-16 4:42]
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Hello Dietrich,
A very nice detailed close capture of this Coenonympha species, the Alpine Heath. Everything in my opinion is excellent in this image though I feel the use of flash sometimes gives a 'night-time effect', which is fine if the insect is nocturnal.
Thanks and knid regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-16 6:22]

Good capture of this beautiful species of great colors. tfs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-16 7:00]

Hi Dietrich
What a great and wonderful shot!
Details and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-16 8:11]

Splendid photo, TFS!

Hi Dietrich,
A nice capture of this beautiful Alpine Heath butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-16 10:20]

Hello Dietrich,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. Splendid natural clear colours. Good POV and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-16 11:30]

Hello Dietrich,
This is a real beauty and you got a brilliant macro to show it here! Excellent use of the flash showing fantastic details and wonderful natural colours. I find the framing a little bit tight but it is still a great capture!
Many thansk and best regards, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-16 12:47]

Hello Dietrich.
Really nice shot of this Coenonympha gardetta. Very good POV,exposure is well done. Sharpness, detail and colour are all spot on. Best regards Siggi

Realmente preciosa Dietrich. Maravillosos colores y una buena luz... pero no hace falta que nos la acerques tanto :-)
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Good morning MF Prof. Dietrich,

Impressive macro capture, I like the way you've composed this beauty. Great focus and impressive DOF from f/13.
Well done MF! Enjoy your day!


Hello Dietrich,

This are a good close up from this beautiful butterfly rhat i am never been seen in the wild.
Grat sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-08-17 3:26]

Hi Dietrich,

Wonderful photo, the sharpness is excellend and the dof and compostion are superb. Look at that fluffy body!

Thanks for sharing


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-17 5:12]

Lieber Dieter,
Ja es ist halt schon schön das Alpenwiesenvögelchen, das Du so reizend auf einem Juniperus fotografiert hast. Dies gibt eine ideale Farbergänzung. Manchmal haben sie einen Punkt auf den Oberflügeln(wie auf deinem Bild), manchmal nicht. Ich habe gelesen, dass es Hybriden zw. C. gardetta und C. darwinia gibt.
Du täuschst dich, habe auch eins auf der Moosalp fotografiert!
Gratuliere noch für dein Hopperthema, war dringend nötig! Yves Brunelli hat noch einige schöne Bilder, die Du nicht aufgenommen hast!
Herzlich grüsst

Hi Dietrich,

Excellent sharpness, detail and exposure, a very nice portrait of this attractive butterfly.


hello Dietrich
beautiful colours and great sharpness with good details
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-08-17 18:24]

Hola Dietrich.
Exelente y fino Macro de esta Mariposa. Los tonos de colores bien definidos y finos detalles a la vista.

Hallo Dietrich,
a fantastic picture of Coenonympha gardetta, very good sharpness and marvellous bright colours, a very nice close composition
Best regards

It's a beautiful little b-fly Dietrich, fine details..
I like this version best because of the subjects contrast to BG.
By reducing the shadow BG in your WS, you have radically altered the image IMHO.
The BG now becomes a negative.
The flash effect is minimal/acceptable here.
Have a great weekend!

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