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Melete lycimnia - CRAMER, 1777

Melete lycimnia - CRAMER, 1777
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-19 13:34
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"Primrose Flag" - Melete lycimnia - CRAMER, 1777

Hello friends!

My garden is again filled with flowers and butterflies have come back! so I can easily allow me some moments of leisure between my days of complicated work activity!

Today I took my old Olympus camera bridge and I chased in my garden this butterfly (very restless indeed) until I could take a picture.

This is the first time I make a macro in RAW format! In fact I think it's the first time I use that format for a picture! As you know, I do not know much about photography, and sometimes something as simple as taking a picture in RAW and edit this, even if only basic settings, seems me as "a incredible thing" ha... ha... ha... :)

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with the ease the RAW format provides for enhanced pictures in simple steps. I also noticed a significant increase in resolution and details kept in the picture. Certainly, I enjoyed seeing this photo after my monitor.

It's a shame that my old Olympus invests more than 6 seconds to save a picture taken in RAW, I would greatly complicate the continuous taking pictures of insects faster or restless (as the most of my bugs here!) So I do not think it's very common I can take pictures in RAW while not have a camera faster, but at least it helps me to learn about the benefits of this format.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Melete
Specific name: Melete lycimnia)

Introduction: The Pieridae is divided into 3 subfamilies. The Dismorphiinae, with a very small number of exceptions, is entirely neotropical in distribution. The Coliadinae ( Sulphurs and Yellows ) and Pierinae ( Whites and Orange tips ) however have worldwide distribution.

There are 217 members of the Pierinae in the neotropical region. These include familiar Holarctic
( Eurasian and North American ) genera such as Pieris, Pontia and Anthocharis, and others such as Pereute, Catasticta and Melete which are found only in Central and South America.

The genus Melete contains 6 species, characterised by having a black bar at the end of the forewing discal cell, a black fw apex, and in most species a dark border to the hind-wings. Apart from these markings the wings are usually a unicolorous yellow or white.

Melete lycimnia occurs in several geographical forms. On the underside, subspecies peruviana has a white ground colour, narrow black borders, and a yellow spot at the base of the hindwings. At the other extreme the nominate subspecies lycimnia has the underside hindwings primrose yellow, with wide brown borders. In all subspecies the females are more yellowish in colouration than the males

Habitats: This is a lowland rainforest species, occurring at elevations between sea level and about 800m.

Adult behaviour:
Males are a regular sight along forest edge habitats on the banks of rivers, and at roadsides, where they gather to imbibe mineral-laden moisture from sand or mud. They often congregate in dense clusters of 50 or more butterflies, packed very tightly together, which erupt nervously into flight if disturbed.

Females are not in my experience seen in such open situations, staying instead in the forest interior. They do not visit flowers in the understorey, or along forest roads, so presumably feed at the nectar of arboreal flowers. Their flight is direct and fairly rapid, interrupted by long periods at rest on foliage in the sub canopy.

About this shot:
*Shoted in RAW mode
Make: Olympus
Model: SP 565 UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 30000/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2011-06-19
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Fill Flash fired (+/- 0)

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Ciao Jesus, tutto bello, fiore, farfalla, colori, ma un po' d'invidia me la dai, io devo far chilometri e scarpinare in montagna per trovare due farfalle nuove, tu scendi in giardino e trovi sta fantasyica bellezza, guarda che ti vengo a trovare:), bellissima, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

You see friend Jesus, the RAW format will give you something different over the traditional JPEG compressed files and that is greater control over brightness/contrast/white balance/hue and ...much more ;D I am glad to see you discover that the quality of the detail in this format is superior over the JPegs. In the case of your first RAW post, seems that you have to learn even more ;) ... the reds are particularly strong and the yellows are also on top of the most optimistic dreams and have a look on those particular places the detail is dangerously threatened of extinction! So maybe you need to work a bit more carefully there! Good clarity and fine razor sharp detail out of the "danger-zone'!
George Veltchev

Hello Jesús

With my Fujifilm bridge camera (now dead)
90% of the time i always shot in RAW format
and it also took 4 to 5 seconds to save the photo

As George has wrote « reds are particularly strong »
but it is a very beautiful photo specially
with the color tones of the butterfly,
focus sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


Hello Jesus
Fantastic butterfly and beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness, as usually, is impressive.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-06-19 22:35]

a great unique species of yellows. i am seeing this species for the first time. great tonal range on feathers. I like its borders. great clarity and sharpness. thanks for sharing.

What a beautiful 'Primrose Flag', Jesus! An absolutely new species for me. Thanks for sharing it.
Your first tryst with RAW format holds promise. I would not go into the technical jargon and only suggest keep experimenting with this format, especially with a good photo editor like Adobe Photoshop.
Well done and all the best!
BTW, I like the original bright colours in your image, so doing any workshop on it would be like killing the originality, vitality and creativity of it, ha, ha, ha!!!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-06-20 1:29]

Preciosa y colorida foto, con unas texturas y luz preciosas Jesús, La composición muy buena y el foco es excelente pues desde el ojo hasta el final de las alas está toda nítida y enfocada. Enhorabuena es una foto excelente. Tienes un pais famoso por su variedad en todo tipo de flores, mariposas, aves y plantas. Un paraiso para los fotógrafos. Un saludo y enhorabuena por la foto.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-20 1:30]

Hello Jesus.
Beautiful species with good colors and details, lovely flower and good background, well made image.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus,
una bellissima immagine per una fantastica Pieride dai colori brillanti che vengono ancor piů esaltati dal vivido rosso del fiore, una gioiosa fantasia di colori, ottima nitidezza
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Altra strepitosa performance caro Jesus. Dettaglio e nitidezza perfetti cosě come la gestione dei gestione dei colori. Farfalla bellissima inserita nella migliore delle composizioni.


Hello Jesus,
Excellent capture of a superb colored butterfly. Very difficult job to deal with such vivid colors.
The flower and the butterfly are full of color and very interesting.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-20 8:36]

Ciao Jesus,per me solo il contrasto č un poco alto,il giallo spara un po' troppo,ma la specie č magnifica,i dettagli e i colori sono eccellenti! Metto una tenda a casa tua..ehehe...buona settimana! Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-20 11:16]

Hola Jesús!
Tu foto tiene un sabor de arte KITSCH kkkkkkkk Los colores estan un poco "over".Yo entiendo bien la explicación que deste a George, pues tambien en mi pais la luz y los colores son demasiados.Con todo no está una mala foto.La nitideza está buena y la composición é muy bonita.

Te agradesco tus consejos en mi ultima foto. Estoy asin que tu, experimentando cosas nuevas, pero todavia no tengo la tecnica suficiente para lograr todo el exito con mi nueva camera.Voy despacio...Y cuento siempre con la ayuda y consejos de vosotros, queridos amigos y colegas del site.
Un abrazo grande,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-20 13:35]
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Hello Jesus,
Not an easy attempt to make a photo of such a bright saturated colours. On my laptop it looks very good and on my other computer it looks a bit oversaturated and see no details in the bright colours. But here on my laptop it looks fantastic. Great POV and compostion.

Preciosa Jesús.
Un abrazo.

Ciao Jesus, altro capolavoro per colori e nitidezza dell'immagine. Una grande foto. Un saluto, Paolo

splendido il contrasto di colori in questa foto, semplicemente brillante sia la foto che la ripresa della farfalla,

ciao, tino

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