<< Previous Next >>

Flying Blue

Flying Blue
Photo Information
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: 2010-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Marumi 77 mm DHG Lens Protect
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Goldys' Personal Favorites, A painter's dream, Butterflies in flight, Pretty - Perfect - Picture, CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2, Unique pov [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 23:03
Viewed: 5130
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am very pleased with so kind responses to my previous, first butterfly flying shot. It is a fine encouragement and stimulus to improve own photo skill and find more free time for visit TN. Having a short pause in my work I hurry up to share once more picture from flying series. This one reflects well-known butterflies species and a high attractiveness of the flowers for them, which my wife grows on a flower-bed.

Few words about applied technique. I used lens with super fast and precise focus and I focused on a flower with (or without) butterfly on it in waiting for butterfly take-off or landing. At that time I took series of handheld shots without flash (my camera allow to take 8.86 fps) in hope to catch attractive moments. Almost all shots were empty. I took about 800-900 pictures. The butterflies either sat on a flower or had time to leave a frame. They are too swift. Sometimes poses of flying butterflies were not so attractive. In a word I like only few shots (3-4) from whole series. This one is from them.

Fortunately, that day there were many butterflies around flower-bed and I could shoot it during short time. Otherwise it would be hopeless pastime.

Argus, horias, haraprasan, Dis. Ac., Miss_Piggy, livius, boreocypriensis, maurydv, flashpoint, eqshannon, MMM, ikonta, KOMSIS, Noisette, jaycee, goldyrs, anemone, anel, marhowie, oscarromulus, marius-secan, eng55, oanaotilia, CeltickRanger, tcr, uleko, rousettus, peter_stoeckl, Adanac, Hormon_Manyer, jusninasirun, Mikolaj has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-14 23:18]

Congratulations Alexei!
On this fantastic in-flight capture of a Blue butterly (probably a male Polyommatus icarus) in flight. This is the first time a blue Lyceanid has been captured in flight on TN! Such fine sharpness and colours together with an excellent sharp capture of a female Colias croceus on the same image. Both are shown well against a suitable OOF natural BG.
Well done amy friend and thanks for delighting us with this!
Kind regards,

  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-14 23:54]

Hi Alexei
Waw...what a fantastic shot...and a fantastic work for this beautiful image!
Details, colors and light, all are amazing!
Congratulation for this beauty!

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-15 0:36]

Hello Alexei,
Spectacular photo of this flying butterfly in splendid contrasting colours. The butterfly on the flower and the flower itself are also fantastic. Great sharpness, details and a beautiful OOF BG. Superb DOF.

Hi Alexei,

Fantastic shot
Both BFlies are perfect in focus and very wel detailed
Lovely composition with superb colors

TFS Thijs

  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-15 1:47]

Splendid photo, congratulations!

Hi Alexei,
What a perfect shot of the Lyacinid and also the pierid butterfly. Excellent sir. Just fantastic. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-15 2:15]

Hi Aleks,a second incredible in-flight pic and a fantastic composition! Very interesting your camera data settings,i wil try to make the same..but i know that will be very very difficult..hehhe...impressive sharpness and warm colors,a very professional work!!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

This is an amazing shot! and your patience in setting up this shot is commendable Axeli. Its nice to be among old friends and comment on their pic :-)

  • Great 
  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-09-15 3:45]

Awesome colors and great composition with two different species of butterflies. Overall colors and the flying one is really impressive.

Hi Alexei,

another sharp inflight shot from an butterfly in one picture with an drinking nectar butterfly.
Gret sharpness ane details from the flower and two butterflies with fine colours.
Exellent piece of work.
My compliments.


Ciao Alexei. Razor details, perfect DOF impressive sharp and fabolouse chromatic results. One of your best!


Hallo Alexei
You get stunning....
and then you get S T U N N I N G......
and most of all you get STUNNING. This is really a stunner. It is like out of a fairytale. It is so perfect it actually looks like unreal. The sunlight in this image is just magic. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Alex
č proprio il caso di dirlo: la pazienza aiuta sempre. Saper attendere ill momento giusto ripaga di tutto il tempo passato sperando nello scatto ideale, con la giusta luce, la giusta messa a fuoco ed il giusto soggetto. Chi fa fotografia sa di cosa stiamo parlando ed alla fine ci si sente davvero soddisfatti quando si tira fuori una composizione come questa che ci presenti, impeccabile e bilanciata sotto tutti i punti di vista. La gestione della profonditŕ di campo da la giusta tridimensionalitŕ allo scatto staccando ottimamente i soggetti dallo sfondo con i loro bellissimi colori e dettagli. Un ottimo lavoro.

Hi Alexei,

In both technically and aestethicaly awesom capture of these pretty butterflies in-flight.
Perfect sharpness, good background blurring and the flowers provide a nice vibrant touch of color.
TFS and have a nice evening.


Ciao Alexei, fantastic double capture, wonderful flowert too, splendid timing, good natural colors, superb sharpness and fine details. very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Alexei,
a superb double capture of Polyommatus in-flight and Colias on a marvellous flower, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours, very well done.
Best regards

I am pretty sure that I would not be able to capture this type of image. This kind of shot comes with being a amateur/processional. Congratulations.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-16 5:11]

Hi Alexei
What a beautiful composition.Great image excellent low POV sharp image with great detail.Colors and detail are beautiful.The addition of th flying butterfly is a magic touch.
TFS Michel

Sin duda eres un perfeccionista y me gusta tu estilo,
ya que creo que intentas plasmar la realidad de manera fiel y con
poca manipulación electrónica.
Buena luz y desde luego una nitidez asombrosa en tu trabajo.
Un saludo Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

hello Alex,
very fantastic shot of this butterfly in flight!
Great sharpness and beautiful composition, good light and details. Well done.

  • Great 
  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-16 10:19]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful composition, beautiful macro butterflies ...
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Best wishes,

ciao Alexei!
the practice to catch in flight now is strong and beautiful this shot where the Colias waiting the little blue licaenidae

thanks sERGIO

Hello Alexei
splendid shot, both butterflies and the flower are so crisp clear sharp, the details of the blue one are stunning for a subject in move and the blurred BG gives an excellent 3D effect,
the whole image looks like a dream thanks the colors and the composition
Have a good night

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-16 16:30]

Hi Alexei,

Another gem! You captured the Blue Butterfly in-flight perfectly. It seems to be headed for the second butterfly on the flower. The positions of both are marvelous. Outstanding colors, sharp details, and a very beautiful picture. I'm looking forward to more and more of these shots.


This is stunning, Alexei!
I am so speechless!
This is one of the best shots on TN!

  • Great 
  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-16 21:31]

Dear Alex!

I'm fascinated by your notes. They are very helpful to me. I have tried to take birds in flight and I have invested much time, almost without result. When I see your way and approach, I understand that I must go on trying. Flying animals like birds or butterflies are difficult subjects... I also have deleted most of my pictures, and also made the same experience that often the poses are not attractive. Your picture here and your notes are an encouraging post for me and motivate me to persevere.

Your picture here is superb: the two butterflies are perfectly sharp and the scenery is suprising and pleasant. And you were right to keep this one: the flying butterfly's pose is fine.

Kind regards


Hello Alexei. Excellent in-flight shot of these lovely butterflies.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-17 5:02]

Hello Alexei,
Very cute narrative shot presented with excellent sharpness and an pleasant wide framing. I see that you had to try hard to catch this kind of shots. It's truely a question of technique and patience, and you have been rewarded for it. Lovely, indeed.
I wish you a nice weekend
Best regards

Nicely done Alexei! The blue is such a small b-fly that it's nearly impossible to accomplish this effectively. Great details and the blue stands out well here.
Have a great weekend :)

hi alexei

awesome timing, good capture. thanks for shotting.


Hi Alexei,
Very splendid photo in excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Best wishes,TFS

FAR OUT my friend!!!
One of your best!!!
What is your secret???
Mario with fond regards from COLD COLD Canada.

Hello Alexei,
Outstanding capture with perfect details and amazing clarity.
Fantastic composition with exceptional contrast and good focus.

  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-19 9:20]

Privet Alexei,
It's a rare scane and weell caught from you.Vivid colors,POV and composition are perfect.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

hello Alexei

this one it is a very very very beautiful photo,
WOW ! i am with out words ! lovely contrast on this image,



Ohhˇˇˇ que captura mas precisa e interesante...muy buena...saludos

  • Great 
  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-09-21 19:04]

Successful in-flight photography.
Precise timing, beautiful colour, luminosity and composition.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-22 7:41]

Hello Alexei,
Another really impressive in-flight capture of two species of butterflies! Brilliant timing, excellent focus and sharpness, lovely colours and a smooth and beautiful background. Great work!
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

merhaba Alexei
sorry for my delay. I was in a formal meeting in Artvin, located in Georgian border. I can visit now. this is really a perfect capture. congratulations. everything wonderful from sharp details and exposure/light using to composition, coloration and timing. thanks for sharing. well done my friend
best wishes

Der Alexei,
lovely in-flight capture in shining colours and stunningly perfect focus - a wonderful short story of lovely life in a sunny summer meadow that makes me smile in happiness! My congratulations to you for this wonderful result well deserved after so much time and energy invested. With all my best wishes to you,

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 7:19]

Hello Alexei,
There is not much that I can say that hasn't already been said about this image so I will add just one word, PERFECTION.

Privet Alexei,
If I count well, this is my 3rd critique to you today - you must be enough of me. :) This in-flight shot is even more fantastic than the previous one I commented. Very rarely seen, magic micro-world, really like "a painter's dream". Absolutely incredible, stunning shot, one of the best ones on the whole TN. No doubt.
Huge congratulations MF. Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

Nice shot. The colours and butterflies look lovely. Thanks for sharing.

I'll have to say a BIG wow, Alexei. The upside down in flight of the blue is just beautiful. It is always so hard to catch them in this pristine details. The other perched one in very good balance and sits pretty on the flower. Very nice work and thanks for sharing. Best regards - Jusni

Hello Alexei! Amazing work, art work. Wonderful scene. Perfect exposure and capture. Ideal POV and DOF. Fine colours. Splendid effect. Good note. Good luck!

I love it, the colours are fantastic, in this wonderful scene and photo performance!
regards Alexei

Calibration Check