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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
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Copyright: Laura Hammett (EMTME22) (58)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20 d, 70-300 Sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-21 9:04
Viewed: 3047
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.910.2 centimetres (34 in).[6] (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer from Canada to Mexico and Baja California which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.

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Bonjour Laura,

Nice close-up. Graphically this is an interesting presentation, it has a painting look. The shallow DOF created a beautifull BG, you also made a nice compostion. Exposure looks good. The resolution looks odd (I didn't say bad). It looks like if you had cropped your image quite a lot. It looks sharp but not fine detailed, plus the tonal variation of colors and shade seems reduced to what a sensor can deliver. May be this an effect you wanted to obtain in PP, I can't tell. However, it makes it a great image to hang on a wall because of its pictural value, other people would have render the same image more scientifically realistic with fine detail but it would have been less artistic. The picture looks great as it is, as long as the result is what you expected to get, which means you controlled the end result. But in my final word, I love it a lot. Nice work and TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-22 19:19]

Hello Laura,
An attractive close-up shot of this beautiful Monarch. Nice focus on the butterfly with just a tiny bit of noise in the BG, possibly due to the tight crop. Overall a very beautiful photo! Well done!!

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