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Silvery Argus (Turkos Blåvinge)

Silvery Argus (Turkos Blåvinge)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony SLT A55, Sony SAL 70-400mm G /4.0-5.6, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 11:56
Viewed: 4665
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for the comments on my previous post.
This beautiful blue is a rare butterfly but locally
it can show up in bigger numbers as in this area.
I think it is the most beautiful of all blue ones.
I hope you like it too. I add a female in WS.
It's a perfect gift to my self, I have been here in 7 years now. Time really flies.

The Silvery Argus (Aricia nicias) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in the Alps, Pyrenees and from Scandinavia ranging to Siberia and the north of Mongolia.
The wingspan is 25–28 mm. The butterfly flies from May to August depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Geranium species.
The picture is taken with my new toy a SAL 70-400mm lens, maybe not the best for close-ups but it works.

Center Weight metering, ISO400 Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS 5.5
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-28 12:10]
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Hej Gert,
Congratulations to both your seven years on TN and the fine capture of Turkos blåvingen.
The sharpness and DOF are faultless, the colours natural and the BG excellent, though maybe the composition is slightly too central, a point that is a matter of opinion.
This is also a fresh male, indicating that you were at Grindugan just at the right time.
Excellent work my friend!
Best regards from a very rainy Skåne,

Hello Gert,
wonderful shot of this quite rare butterfly with wonderful blue tones and a nicely blurred background. Good sharpness with splendid details and a well chosen POV. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Hi Gert,
Wow, fantastic POV for this fantastic butterfly.
Sharpness and details are impressive, excellent composition.
Super light management.
Thanks for sharing

dom är riktigt snygg dessa blåvingar och
här visar du upp den skarp och fin!
very good!

Hi Gert,

Congratulations on your 7 years TN
Beautiful BF and photo's to celebrate
Perfect colors, sharpness and DOF
I also like the female in your WS (Perfect sharp details, composition and BG)

TFS Thijs

Hallo Gert
Beautiful composition, superb combination of colours, fantastic amount of detail. All around, it is an excellent macro. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-28 14:21]

Hi Gert,a magnificent and rare specie,not easy to take whit the open wings and whit this impressive perfection.Total sharpness,focus and beautiful colors too.A great gift to the butterflies fans of TN.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Seven years and still going, Gert. Good for this site because stalwart pioneers of your calibre gave it the breath of life when it was born.
Your picture of this lovely Argus with its wings open reminds me of the heydays of TN. It is a flawless picture representing both the technical excellence and the aesthetics involved in high class nature imagery.
Best regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-28 20:04]

Splendid photo presentation, useful description, TFS!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-29 0:24]

hi Gert,
Beautiful close up such tiny species, perfectly visible features of pattern this species.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Gert! How are you? Today we have 40 C. in Cyprus.
Another excellent photo. Interesting subject, very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-29 8:10]

Hej Gert,
Good to see a new posting from you again! Hope all is well up north!
This is a fabulous blue butterfly species that you've captured so well in a lovely pose. Great details and the colour is wonderful. I like the background very much too.
TFS and all the best, Ulla

hello Gert
a BEAUTY with great sharpness good details and very good light
thanks greeting lou

Hi Gert,
thanks for being here for 7 years! Congratulations.
Very nice photo for celebration.
Great point of view. Amazing colours. Great sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Gert,
That is a very beautiful macro with amazing sharpness and details. The POV and colours are excellent. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-30 8:36]

Hello Gert,
What a gift to one of the most experienced members here. Congratulations. Fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. Nice blurred BG, DOF and POV.

Hello Gert!

Great macroshot - beautiful butterfly captured on interesting background. Excellent technical quality, nice soft light


Hello Gert,
Yes, your new lens certainly works. What a beautiful capture. Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-08 5:26]

hello Gert,
Missed this fine picture of Aricia nicias which is quite rarely shown on this site. I had the chance to make a picture too in the past, but the quality of your shot is a lot better. What a magnificent blue-color and perfect sharpness of the wings.
Thanks too for your visit to my exuvia
Kind regards

Nature has made some wonderful creatures.... and for my part a butterfly that is blue is one of them. This gives it a most delicate, best of the china chest look. Pleasing to the eye and yet informative as well. Not a bad way to learn.

Hi, dear Gert.
My warm congratulations on 7th anniversary. You give the lead for all of us here in photography and humaneness. I also congratulate you on purchasing a stunning telezoom lens. It is truth but I am afraid to ask you what do you think about it in practice :). All the best to you as well as at least next seven years here.

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